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Brilliant Skiing, Every Day Book

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Pros: Well written, thoughtful, useful

Cons: I had to look up the definition of Polytropon...

This is a fine book. Weems has a gift for distilling his experiences as a ski instructor and a skier in a way that gets to the core of the matter while keeping things light.  The book is structured around the Sports Diamond and its core concepts of Power (the What), Purpose (the Why), Touch (the How), and Will (the Ferrell).

 

There are a lot of pithy tips, personal anecdotes and great photos of centered skiers throughout. This is a book that sort of pushes you away from itself in the sense that it makes you wish you were out making turns in bluebird conditions at Aspen instead of looking at them and reading about them. But Brilliant Skiing is a great read on a rainy day or if you are in reading/reflection mode instead of out there making those edge changes.

 

Brilliant Skiing is just as much about becoming a better student as it is about becoming a better skier.

Along these lines, Weems talks about how to to cultivate the attitude of being less discerning about what we learn and thus maximizing the opportunities for learning. While intoducing the Sports Diamond, he writes, "When a teacher in any sport asks me what or how I want to learn, I just say 'It doesn't matter. Give me your best shot.'"  This attitude seems to me to be a great way to set up the best possible learning experience.

 

There are other good passages about being open to the learning opportunities that are always present while you are in an apparent rut (or, as Weems puts it, on the plateau), about having a brilliant day when your not necessarily skiing at your peak, about being aware that some of the best learning can happen on those days when you just suck. 

 

I didn't want to end this review with the word 'suck', so I'll just recommend Brilliant Skiing to anyone who appreciates good writing about skiing.

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Pros: Great read, Good holistic view of a sport

Cons: None

Weems has a great way of writing that brings a complicated subject into simplicity.  I really like the mental side of looking at a sport.  I have always been a skier working on technique and have forgot to open my mind to the fun of sliding down a mountain and stopping to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.  The diamond approach applies to other sports and to life.  I would like to think I am a better skier and a better person after reading the book.  The Sports Diamond is to me a great way of looking at a sport.

I would highly recommend reading this book.

Brilliant Skiing, Every Day Book
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"Brilliant Skiing, Every Day” is not your basic dry and boring instruction production. It is the summary of Weems Westfeldt's life-time experience as a skier and ski instructor. Weems offers skiers (and other athletes) the Sports Diamond™ -- a powerful strategy for managing and sustaining progress, so every day on skis can be brilliant -- even when you're not at your peak performance. You’ll have some fun with it as well as change the way you look at skiing. It summarizes the wisdom and insights that Weems and his colleagues have developed in the last 40 years of ski instruction and research. In it you can learn the special secrets like: The mother of all pointers: Making a perfect edge change How to make round turns to really harness and control your speed and line How to ski with your feet and legs instead of your torso How to wake up your feet and really feel the snow! How to center yourself, so you’re ready and connected in each moment on the hill And, most importantly, in “Brilliant Skiing, Every Day” you will learn how to use the incredible new tool that we call the Sports Diamond™. The diamond is an easy strategy for managing yourself so that you can always find your best stuff and highest levels each day in any sport. The production is full of fun, photos, pointers (over 100), action and of course, a healthy serving of random and unconventional ranting and raving about all things imaginable.

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