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What is the best ski instructional video?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Just wondering if there are any new really great ski instructional videos out?

MG

post #2 of 25

Hi Mike.  I produced a series of Skiing Instructional DVDs called "Building Blocks".  Probably the most comprehensive skill building program available on DVD.  6 DVDs, 9 hours of serious drilling that covers in depth each foundation skill area of the sport.  

 

Here's a link to the DVDs: http://www.yourskicoach.com/YourSkiCoach/Ski_Instruction_DVD_Video.html

 

And here's a link to the feedback provided by people who've purchased them:  http://www.yourskicoach.com/YourSkiCoach/Testimonials.html

 

While you're at the site, have a look around.  There's a ton of information and articles about ski technique and learning there, free for the taking.

post #3 of 25

http://www.yourskicoach.com/YourSkiCoach/Your_Ski_Coach_Home.html 

 I highly recommend Rick's series. His incremental, building blocks approach transported me (a 45 year skier) from the technique of the last millennium to the current one. Very straight forward, user friendly and accessible. That describes Rick as well. He also contributes his expertise generously to this forum and merits our support.

David

post #4 of 25

ITs gotta be "better off dead"   best instructions ever,

 

 

 

go straight, really fast, if something gets in your way, turn"  Perfection.. 

post #5 of 25

Funny, as I posted the above response, the Master Himself responded. He weighed in one minute before I did. I was never able to beat him - though there was that one time....right Rick?

David 

post #6 of 25

I too fully endorse Rick's DVD series with the caveat that you will need to spend a lot of time and commitment with this series.  it is well worth it, but no easy fix.

 

Tell us more about you and where you are at in your skiing and what you're looking for in this DVD.

post #7 of 25
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I too fully endorse Rick's DVD series with the caveat that you will need to spend a lot of time and commitment with this series.  it is well worth it, but no easy fix.

 

Tell us more about you and where you are at in your skiing and what you're looking for in this DVD.


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post #8 of 25

icon14.gif for Rick's series also.  I started using it late last season and I am highly impressed with the results. I posted a review for it a while back....and my opinion of the videos and Rick himself still stands!  

post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys, thanks for the info! I will defintiely check out this series.

I have been skiing for 47 years (I'm 59) and consider myself to be about a 90% expert skier, but am trying to break through to a higher level. Mainly learning to ski steep icy bumps better.

I ski mostly at Alpental in Washington state, and we have a lot of steep bump runs and steep chutes, etc.. Most of the time I feel pretty good about my skiing, but there are times when I feel like I'm fighting to stay in control, and working harder than I should be. Deep snow and crud is no issue unless it's super steep, jagged trees, deep holes with jagged rocks in the bottom with cliff exposure, etc..biggrin.gif

I've been skiing more lately (over 60 days last year), so maybe I'm just realizing it's not just a lack of conditioning that is holding me back.

MG

post #10 of 25

http://www.epicski.com/products/category/ski-movies-dvd

 

This is an epic ski presumably voted on list of ski dvd's documentaries, instruction etc with reviews

post #11 of 25

Hey Mike, well based on your post you might not be looking for a skills based approach.

 

I think you should definitely check out Weem's DVD.

post #12 of 25

Pick up both the new revised edition of Weems' book Brilliant Skiing. Every Day. and his DVD, too. Definitely worthwhile to expand beyond skills...

 

Rick's are good, too, and these guys have given you that insight.

post #13 of 25

OK, someone has to mention it...Have you checked out Harald Harb's DVDs (http://www.harbskisystems.com/publications.htm)? Controversial figure, many people swear by his teaching methods, many don't like him at all (particularly here on Epic). If you search under 'skiwhh' on YouTube, you can see quite a few clips from his videos which will give you a flavour.

post #14 of 25

I have no axe to grind, and Mr. Harb's method (the phantom tipping thing) are often cited by Lito Flores and the DesLaurier brothers in their book, but his DVD and videos are not that good. Regardless of ski-training politics about which I know little, am sure he and his crew are great in person but as an investment, I would put up Sofa Ski School up against anyone for a one-DVD quiver, and for a full-bore training regiment Rick-yourskicoach has probably the most extensive training program for ski skill development. The Harb DVD's are actually quite weak in terms of production. Lito Flores' book, Breakthrough on New Skis is pretty good and he writes patiently for the recreational skier, and the DesLaurier brothers book is pretty good too but a bit brief and so an advanced skier like OP might get more out of it than a beginner or intermediate.

 

The OP seemed to be an expert skier though so SofaSkiSchool could be somewhat rudimentary for him/her so Rick is probably better, he probably should get the Advanced Rick Dvd's, since OP is clearly beyond Rick's Basic DVD's. 

 

In addition, I would suggest, OP check out Warren Smith's DVD's out of Europe, they also offer Iphone apps, and the short lessons in my humble opinion are pretty succint and to the point and get the message across.

post #15 of 25

Harald Harb's latest DVD, "Performance Free Skiing", is reasonably slick in production terms and is probably a good one for an advanced/expert skier to learn from. Although I'm from Britain, I'm not familiar with the Warren Smith series - are there any clips available online? The only stuff I've seen is the Warren Smith ski school level grading, which was slightly odd (I would not have classed the skiing shown as being representative of the level it's supposed to be).

post #16 of 25

Haven't seen it but unless you subscribe to the entire "program", I doubt most here would glean much from the fixed-technique. This is not to say it won't be good for other devotee's; it may be a very good thing for them. Curious, does it cover trees?

post #17 of 25

Some demos of Warren Smith here etc

http://www.warrensmith-skiacademy.com/eshop/e-shop_podcasts.htm

 

and the Telegraph carries a bunch of clips..I thought they were succint, well produced ..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/snowandski/skiing-tips/

 

Most of the Harb stuff I have seen seems - to put it politely "boring" and very little in the way of real lessons (live clinics must be different, though met a couple of folks who skied in his clinics, its kind of interesting to watch them ski, their inside leg always come up in transition) and drills other than that "phantom tipping" move, but then again, that is just me...am sure the man is great and clearly has influenced a whole universe of skiers.

 

Frankly, I just find Sofa Ski School more than enough, since its all about first principles, and core development. Personal preference that is all. 

post #18 of 25

I learned to ski as an adult-worked through a number of books and videos. Harb, Lito, Weems, Deslaurier, Witherell, Joubert-you name it I tried it.  All were good and all had something worthwhile to learn. 

 

One of the best videos and book combos (if you are an intermediate) is John Clendinnen's, 'the Clendinnen Method'.  It's not a 'fix all' or totally comprehensive approach, but it teaches a new way to think about skiing, balance and footwork that has a wide envelope of usage and is fairly easy to digest and learn.  It's simple, straight forward, and a little different from anyone else I';ve read pr watched.  I've never taken a lesson with John, but one of these days I will.

 

Liam

 

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Some demos of Warren Smith here etc

http://www.warrensmith-skiacademy.com/eshop/e-shop_podcasts.htm

 

and the Telegraph carries a bunch of clips..I thought they were succint, well produced ..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/snowandski/skiing-tips/


Thanks for the links, they're interesting. I thought his moguls one was useful. The one about 'advanced thigh steering' didn't work for me, though - as soon as someone talks about using the piriformis muscle to do this, the gluteus medius muscle to do that, they lose me. I just can't relate to what that means in any useful way. I guess it works for some people, though.

 

post #20 of 25
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Haven't seen it but unless you subscribe to the entire "program", I doubt most here would glean much from the fixed-technique. This is not to say it won't be good for other devotee's; it may be a very good thing for them.



You're possibly right about the entire program. I have been following PMTS for some time (although I'm by no means a zealot), so it may be that I see what he's doing in PMTS terms and gain more from it than others unfamiliar with PMTS would. Still some pretty impressive skiing which I think anyone could use as an example, I would say.

post #21 of 25
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One of the best videos and book combos (if you are an intermediate) is John Clendinnen's, 'the Clendinnen Method'.

 



It's 'Clendenin'. Poor John must have the most frequently misspelled name in the skiing world smile.gif.

post #22 of 25

John's a cool, guy, As long as you go to his clinics and buy his book, I am sure he will be fine with the misspellings.....  icon14.gif  His target market is pretty much the same as HH.

post #23 of 25
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John's a cool, guy, As long as you go to his clinics and buy his book, I am sure he will be fine with the misspellings.....  icon14.gif  His target market is pretty much the same as HH.



Which is what?

post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 

WOW!  this is a universe of instruction that I had no idea  existed! I have been reading Harold Harbs book "Essentials of skiing" which I find very interesting and seems to work from what little of it I have actually tried on the slopes. I also have been watching Lito's DVD's "Breakthrough on the new skis" and Bumps and powder" which seem to be pretty helpful. I will definitely check out all of the instruction you guys have mentioned as my budget allows.

I know I need to get started on this before I get any older! Skiing is such a great sport, and if you include Randonee skiing, it is almost a year around activity. If you include mntn biking and paragliding, a person can keep themselves pretty well entertainedsmile.gif

MG

post #25 of 25

The PSIA videos are terrific, especially Rock Mt. division. I don't know if you have to be a member to view them.

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