Friday, September 23, 2016

Climbing season was excellent this summer.

Finding the top of a long climb at 10,00ft.
Diana and I climbed 2 to 3 days a week this summer. Some of the high lights were finding new climbs at out home crag in Dumont. This is my first summer climbing on a new knee.

Start on the easy climbs

First indoor training and preparation on our indoor climbing wall.
On the face of the pitch

Getting ready to send!

Red Pointing an 11b

Happy smiles at the top of 4 hard pitches.

Diana, Doing the job at Rifle. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Harb Ski Systems, Alignment and Boot Tech Course

This is a link (below) to course information for next year's course sign up. Prepare to sign up well before October, 1017. The course is usually full by April.

alignment-and boot technician-training

Hello 2016 Alignment Tech Course attendees!

We hope that you are enjoying your summer, and starting to think about the upcoming winter and ski season. If you are planning your lodging during the Alignment Technician Course, here is some information.

Each of the indoor sessions will be held at our Dumont ski shop. Here are directions, location, and link to a map...

There are several different options for lodging. The two closest towns are Idaho Springs (~6 miles east) and Georgetown (~7 miles west) Both offer a range of motels, some Bed & Breakfasts, some restaurants, and a grocery store (larger in Idaho Springs)...

We generally recommend the Columbine Inn in Idaho Springs, and the Georgetown Mountain Inn in Georgetown.

You can also find some private rentals...

When you are evaluating any lodging, take a look at a map or get in touch with us. Some parts of our county are remote!

You will need to have a rental car to get around during the course - our county has no public transportation.

Please send us an email if you have any questions.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

My Yellow GT3 is for sale!

This is a great car, it's a super car. It is in beautiful condition. And the mechanicals are top notch. Everything from the tires to the engine are bullet proof. 

Click on any IMAGE for FULL SIZE PHOTO!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Harald Harb, Reilly McGlashan! Two generations. Has skiing changed?.

I Until I was 19,  I skied in leather boots. When I was 14, I was still on wood skis. In my 6 decades of skiing I have never tried to ski a style or system.  It's always been about creating movements in my skiing. When your body creates movements and you understand those movements, you can ski any style or technique. You can adapt to any snow or race course.

Some people will be surprised to hear me say,  "I don't ski a system", because people think,"Don't you have the PMTS Direct Parallel ski teaching system"?  Yes, PMTS is the teaching system we use, however it's a movement based approach, not a patterned based, stylized, outcome system.  PMTS teaches movements that are, identifiable, recognizable, evolutionary and modifiable. Every movement in PMTS has a specific benefit in skiing. Focusing on the most important movement for your own skiing produces the quickest lasting results. PMTS coaches know how to identify movements that aren't in your skiing or movements that are not helping your skiing.

I never stop working on my skiing and that work is highly focused and derived from the efficient movements of world cup skiers. I know for example what exact change I want on any given day and I know exactly how to go about changing or improving what I want to see or how I want to end up. That is the beauty of accurate  movement based instruction.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Harald Harb two runs on a foggy day.

The question came up on You Tube, "Am I skiing on the Dalbello DRS, now?" Yes. And it is a great boot. I have skied on Head 150 race boots for almost 10 years, and 2 years on Dodge, so it was time to try something new. I like the Head boots still, and also skied some Langes that I really like. 

However, nothing is as precise, powerful and strong as a 150 flex race shell. The 150 flex and narrow 93 last makes it very direct, and takes some serious effort and knowledge to make it an all day, everyday ski boot. I have skied 10 days out of 12 in the boot without serious issues. I'll refine it even more this summer, and by next season, it will be perfect. Not many ski shops sell or want to work with a boot like this, it takes serious effort and experience to set them up properly. I've tried three liners in the boot and have settled on a Lange 140 liner with some hard padding in the right places to make the fit. I have done extensive grinding and heat pushing on the shell to make it comfortable for all day skiing and teaching.

My new knee and some serious training have put some new energy into my skiing. I'm on a 170cm iSpeed 2017 Head. It's a great all-round ski. Here, in this video, I'm making slalom size turns, but the ski also does a great job off piste and is perfect for medium GS turns. It's 14.4 radius, which is a nice combo for many turns and the slightly wider under-foot 68 mm. This width makes for a really fun off piste ski as well.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hintertux meeting, Harald Harb and Reilly MacGlashan Skiing Demo

First time we have skied together, never practiced any of these runs.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Skiing with Reilly McGlashan photos.

Skiing with Reilly was really fun, we had a great time. We filmed some video of the runs. They are getting edited and we will put them up on You Tube later.

 Above, notice the "O frame" on both of us at the same time. That is PMTS releasing. We are transitioning at the same time. This is not skiing you can achieve from Traditional Ski Instruction, it's functional releasing without a push off. Notice how both our CG are on the inside of the new arc, before the big toe edge has pressure applied. This is modern ski technique, this is what the best on the world cup are trying to accomplish.

                                  The results are short snappy turns with angles.