PMTS Direct Parallel System®


























Click Here to read an article in Ski Area Management Magazine featuring the PMTS system at Welch Village! 


PMTS Essentials of Skiing - Developed by Harb Ski Systems®




This is the most important Essential.  Tipping actions of the feet and legs activate the kinetic chain, encouraging the rest of the body to maintain balance. Tipping is movements of the feet and ankles that pressure the sides of the ski boots and makes them lean to one side or the other.   These movements create angles to the snow and allows the skis to create controlled and carved arcs.   In PMTS, tipping in the direction of the little toe (inside ski) is always the first movement that needs to happen.  


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Flexing and Extending


In PMTS, Flexing (bending) the old stance leg (downhill or outside in a turn) is used along with tipping to start the release, enabling the body’s momentum in one arc (turn) to assist in transition to the next. Extending (straightening) the outside leg after transition contributes to achieving these early and higher edge angles. Flexing and extending are important during linked ski turns, but they are critical in the most important part of linked turns: the transition. Flexing and extending are actions of the legs, but they do require some cooperation with the upper body.


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Counterbalancing is simply side-to-side tilting of the upper body. Coordinating this movement of the torso with tipping provides confidence and balance while having the skis on edge. Counterbalancing should be performed in proportion to tipping, to compliment the tipping. The more the skier counterbalances, the more they will be able to tip onto the edges of the skis.


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Counteracting is the rotation of the torso around the spine, starting at the hips and lower back, and affecting the whole torso up through the shoulders. Counteraction movements are performed in the opposite direction to what is happening with the lower body. Counteracting movements give the skier more performance from their skis because they aid in counterbalancing and tipping.


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Fore/Aft Balance


Achieving and maintaining fore/aft balance is a challenge for all types of skiers. Fore/aft balance is a matter of where your mass is (hips and torso) relative to your feet. Therefore, in order to modify our balance while skiing, we need to move the hips relative to the feet. This doesn’t mean that we’re going to move the hips. In PMTS, pulling your feet back are movements that will allow you the skier to achieve and maintain balance.


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