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Ultimate Skiing

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Rated #1 in Downhill Ski Books


Pros: Provides insight into the why of technique rather than just the how

Cons: Ron gets sidetracked by racing and mechanical engineering


A good editor would have demanded that Ron LeMaster turn "Ultimate Skiing" into three books. One would have presented a technical analysis of skis and skiing similar to that found in "The Physics of Skiing" by David Lind and Scott P. Sanders, only Ron's version would have had better illustrations of free-body diagrams in full color. This book would have been targeted at those who need to know the biomechanics of skiing in order to recommend changes in equipment and racing techniques. Interactive computer simulations would have accompanied this book.


The second would have been an anthology of biographies of the world's best skiers illustrating (literally) the techniques they used to win all those World Cups. This book would have been targeted at the racing crowd.


The third would have been the new companion volume to Ron's previous book, "201 Things Every Skier Must Know," which covers everything else associated with skiing including how to find a good spot in the parking lot at the ski area. It's the third book that I think Ron was trying to write - and he did - but he got carried away. You can dig it out of "Ultimate Skiing," but it would have been easier without trying to sort it out of the other two.


That said, there's a lot to be learned from "Ultimate Skiing," not the least of which is movement - up and down, back and forth, side to side, edge to edge, all coupled or decoupled depending on the situation the skier finds themself in. The reason some skiers look so graceful on the slopes is that they are performing all these movements with a minimum of effort and movement of extraneous parts. Ron has good pictures to illustrate the differences.


"Ultimate Skiing" has just the right number of exercises to illustrate the points being made and to help the skier improve his or her movement techniques. The exercises are nicely integrated with the text of a given chapter and are not isolated in the appendix or a separate chapter where they would lose their significance (and probably never be read about or practiced). I always want to jump up and try what he is suggesting when I come across these in the text.


There is no doubt that boots are important, but I think that yet another chapter on boots is overkill. Someday an author will write the definitive reference book on boots, update it frequently, and allow other authors to cover the rest of the material in this genre. Notably Ron has already covered this ground well in "201 Things...."


This book is written for the advanced intermediate who wants to improve their skiing techniques. They will profit from a book like this because the techniques are all here in Part II, not scattered among a host of journal articles or mentioned in part in any number of other books.


You can begin reading this book with Chapter 4 (p. 54) without any penalty, and stop at the end of Chapter 9 (p. 156) finding yourself way ahead of your current game. That's a nice hundred pages of the most comprehensive advice on skiing technique and improvement exercises that you will find anywhere else. For those who want to tackle ice, moguls, crud, slush, powder and steeps, you can consult Chapters 11-14. But they really deserve another book, not just 30 pages.


I hope Ron will write all the stuff I suggested here in the near future: I certainly enjoy reading what he has to say and the way he says it.

Ultimate Skiing

Break through to the next level of ski performance! Renowned instructor, coach, and ski technique expert Ron LeMaster takes you beyond The Skier's Edge by improving, expanding, and enhancing that seminal work. The result, Ultimate Skiing, will help you master the mechanics of great skiing as never before--explaining how it's done, showing how it looks, and describing how it feels. LeMaster has made Ultimate Skiing a comprehensive manual on ski technique. Learn how skis interact with the snow and how best to manipulate your skis, boots, and poles on the steepest slopes, in monster mogul fields, and through the deepest powder. Technique tips and kinesthetic cues help translate the sensation of each movement. Throughout, LeMaster incorporates his one-of-a-kind, full-color photo montages and 3-D diagrams to take you onto the slopes and into the action. These phenomenal images capture some of the world's greatest skiers while illustrating the correct techniques for every condition and terrain. To get the most out of your skiing potential, you need the ultimate in ski instruction. You need Ultimate Skiing.

LabelHuman Kinetics
List Price$23.95
ManufacturerHuman Kinetics
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
PublisherHuman Kinetics
StudioHuman Kinetics
TitleUltimate Skiing
AuthorRon LeMaster
Number Of Pages224
Publication Date2009-10-14
Dewey Decimal Number796.93
Number Of Items1
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC