Sorry I got off topic there. I couldn't resist. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
Could it be that the reason that PSIA and other coaches and instructors are using elements of PMTS is that HH didn't invent them but only did as technicians have always done? That is, identify what the best skiers in the world are doing and figure out a way to teach it.
I noticed in HH's video he credits Michael von Gruenegin with inventing a move that is a weighted release. 20 years ago they were calling it the "White Pass Turn" but the Mahres didn't "invent" it nor were they the "first"(HH's words in the video)ones to use it.
Ron LeMaster's presentation for the 2001 Coaches Acadamy that's on his website has a slide with the words "technique" and "methodology".(the script is not available, he doesn't keep them) In the actual presentation he used that to state that "technique is what you teach, methodology is how you teach it". He went on to say that the presentation would be about technique, that methodology was not his department. My point is that HH, PSIA and everyone else are on the methodology side of the equation.
I've watched Harald's videos and I don't have a problem with any of it. I even understand that the narrow stance and the Phantom Move are a good way to keep a less skilled skier in a more comfortable place while learning to tip over into a turn(something that's scary for most of them). What I have a problem with is the Nazi-like attitude that goes with it. As well as the written in stone and handed down from on high approach to the skiing model that most of the "followers" I've met seem to have.
I've watched the video one frame at a time and HH does go "up and down" more than he doesn't. Horst Abrahms wrote, in a PSIA study guide of the late 80s, "At the highest levels the up and down flexion and extension becomes mostly horizontal"(an approximate quote)
When I first saw HH doing some video clips for Prime Star TV about 97 or 98 my first thought was:
How "old school", he's only carving on one ski and dragging the other one. Why would you want to do that when you can open your stance and carve on both now? I'd been RR tracking for awhile and it had opened a whole new enjoyment of skiing for me. It seemed like hanging onto the past do do it HH's way.
Oops, I started this post before yours went up.
The fact that a wide stance makes it harder to "balance" is the reason that skilled skiers and racers use it. It makes you "fall" into the turn faster. More feeling of flight, faster time on the clock and lots more FUN!
Ron LeMaster, in that presentation also said that "Only static balance is achieved and only in the carving, completion phase of the turn. The rest of the time you're out of balance, purposly"(an approximate quote)