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.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interesting comparison between Reilly McGlashan and Harald.

Reilly McGlashan in my opinion is one of the best free skiers in the world. He's the next generation of Richie Berger type free skiers. 

If you look at both bodies from the waist down, almost identical.

The differences are mostly in arms and pole presentation. Not that one is better than the other, they are different.
Although the shoulder counter of both skiers is similar; the pole presentation for the pole tap is different. Harald's planting arm is more externally rotated. Either works well, because Reilly's arm doesn't move forward to affect his counter or holding of his hip and shoulder counter.
Harald makes sure with this presentation, his shoulder and arm action never contribute to rotation.

Both skiers hold their countered hip, and shoulders, during their transitions.

Harald: "I really like Reilly's inside arm discipline, it's better than mine, even though inside arm and pole tip forward, is a big PMTS goal. Reilly's release also has more,  "jet",  he really let's his skis explode forward at release and catches them, pulls them back for tip engagement before the next arc. This is very athletic skiing. I tend to be more absorbing of energy, probably due to my old knees and having less strength than Reilly."

I have to ski more in the center of my skis and even more centered and forward on my skis. Reilly with younger knees can take more chances with his release, by letting his hips drop at release.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Harald Harb, Skiing new boots, new skis and new knee!

Got my boots dialed, Dalbello DRS 150. I like my new 2017 Head iSpeed Super Shapes, 170cm
                             Starting to ski like it's coming back, after a ski season of building strength. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What happens to a skier when they learn PMTS?

Here is a skier that had certain "Essentials of Skiing" missing or not developed strong enough to create a dynamic turn.. This technical analysis applies to all levels of skiers, you see it at the world cup level and on the recreational slopes. The movements I will describe here are the same and apply at all levels. 

The skier's hips, chest are facing his skis, his lower arm (outside) is reaching forward toward his ski tips. his upper or inside arm is moving back, this is rotation, through the turn.

Here is a totally different picture and technique. 

The difference between these first photos and the way this skier is skiing now comes after PMTS training. The results are night and day different in performance. He achieved the "Essential of Skiing", called "Counter acting".
The similarities between his photo (above) and the photos below relative to upper body counter acting and pole preparation are obviously the same.

Although the differences may seem subtle or insignificant to the untrained eye, this is a dramatic change. No more appreciated then by the skier himself, and that is the most important result.

Pole prep with upper body counter acting.

Practicing with exaggeration. Here Todd is practicing as he calls it , "his reverse arm twist" for a counter acting pole tap.

In this photo below, here is the first step in the process, the hips and counter acting movements are accomplished,  however,  counter balance is not strong yet. The counteracting movements are assisted and strengthened by the arm, shoulder and pole action that bring the upper body over the outside ski. This is called counter balance.
In this photo below you can see the dramatic difference. Hip counter and outside pole development are accomplished giving the skier stronger counter balance as well.

How this applies at the highest levels of skiing!

Mikaela Shiffrin increases her counter acting after passing the gate. All the top world cup racers use this movement. This is exactly what the skier above learned and uses. 
Below you see Mikaela completes the arc, holds her counter and prepares the outside pole for the tap. Reaching the pole tip down and toward the falline brings her shoulders over the outside ski, as she increases her tipping angles.