|Originally posted by Pierre:
Hunter, you pretty well have the pictures of both for comparison. The Miller one is taken to extremes where Harbs is not.
I could write a book on the rest of you're question. I will give it some thought and see if I can condense it for a post.
It would be very helpful if you could post a simple explanation of the two styles and how they differ, especially with pictures if possible.
I have taken some lessons with a traditional PSIA instructor recently and I am an advanced skier.
He had me working on a few things which sound like the difference between PSIA and HH styles, ie :
1.Skiing with skis about hip width apart and skiing with more pressure on the inside ski.
2.Reducing the amount of forward lean I was using into my boot cuffs.
3. Sliding forward the inside ski to be near level with the tip of the outside ski in the latter half of the turn, this caused the sensation of acceleration and helped to transition and pass the body over the skis to start the new turn (this is what he said it was designed to do)
This was the most suprising change I found in the things he was changing in my technique, you can really feel the skis speed up when you slid the inside ski forward.
4. We also worked on straightening the outside leg as I progressed through the turn.
Note this lesson was working on advanced carving techniques on a strong groomer.
These techniques he was teaching are they typical of what PSIA instructors are teaching at the moment, and are they at odds with what HH suggests, if so how ?
This quote by HH to me certainly flies in the face of what just days ago an advanced PSIA instructor was teaching me, ie he advocated again and again the need to ski with a wider hip width stance, especially with modern carving skis as the wider stance enable greater edge angulation :
Quote by HH:
" If your feet are wide and you have not yet learned to transfer or shift weight, a wide stance retards your progress. This is the case with most intermediate to advanced skiers and many ski instructors.
Narrow functional stance means four to six inches apart. For those who have experienced how a narrow stance can immediately increase skiing performance, you know how much it contributed to your development of other movements and skiing on all conditions. Most skiers on the slopes ski very poorly due to their wide stance. It inhibits their progress because they are not balancing and therefore substitute foot steering, twisting and upper body rotation to compensate.[ March 13, 2004, 03:18 AM: Message edited by: Hunter. ]