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Poll Results: What's the BEST book on Skiing

 
  • 4% (1)
    Invitation to Modern Skiing by Fred Iselin and A.C. Spectorsky (1947)
  • 4% (1)
    Teach Yourself to Ski by Georges Joubert (1970)
  • 0% (0)
    Pianta Su: Ski Like the Best by Ruedi Bear (1976)
  • 4% (1)
    Inner Skiing by Timothy Gallwey (1977)
  • 0% (0)
    Skiing, An Art...A Technique by Georges Joubert (1978)
  • 0% (0)
    How the Racers Ski by James Major and Olle Larsson (1979)
  • 0% (0)
    Skiing Right by Horst Abraham (1983)
  • 0% (0)
    Skiing Mechanics by John Howe (1983)
  • 0% (0)
    The Centered Skier by Denise McCluggage (1986)
  • 14% (3)
    How the Racers Ski by Warren Witherall (1988)
  • 4% (1)
    Skiing and the Art of Carving by Ellen Post Foster (1997)
  • 4% (1)
    The Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing by Bob Barnes (1999)
  • 4% (1)
    The Skier's Edge by Ron LeMaster (1999)
  • 0% (0)
    Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper (2001)
  • 19% (4)
    Ski the Whole Mountain by Eric and Rob Deslauriers (2002)
  • 0% (0)
    In the Yikes Zone: A Conversation with fear by Mermer Blakeslee (2002)
  • 14% (3)
    Brilliant Skiing, Every Day by Weems Westfeldt (2006)
  • 23% (5)
    Ultimate Skiing by Ron LeMaster (2010)
  • 0% (0)
    A Little Book About Skiing Better by Jim Vigani and Joan Heaton (2010)
  • 0% (0)
    Total Skiing by Chris Fellows (2011)
21 Total Votes  
post #31 of 36
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post

Nice to see Lito getting a little love here. His books (and videos) along with LeMaster's "Ultimate Skiing" are my faves. Together they provide a nice "right brain, left brain" approach to better understand skiing and how to ski better.

 

I read Witherell's "How the Racers Ski" and am working through his follow on "The Athletic Skier". Interesting to find concepts such as "ski the slow line fast" and "virtual bump", (although Witherell may not have called it exactly that) in these older works - those and other things that have shown up a lot here on Epic and other places over the years. LeMaster acknowledges him, maybe others have too, but it surprises me there's not a thread dedicated to him here. There is one specifically about boot fitting that draws from that content in his books, but not one that deals with him generally and what he's meant to modern skiing. Is he the Philo Farnsworth of the sport? Or maybe the Tom Dowd?

 

Back on topic, apparently it's not on Nolo's bookshelf, but I also think Mark Elling's "The All Mountain Skier" is an excellent resource, particularly for someone just getting into skiing who wants to begin to try and understand the whole kit and kaboodle. If I had to have one single book it would be that one.

Witherall was years ahead of his time with the concepts of ramp angels, canting, proper boot fitting, carving, etc. He gave away the secrets used by the Austrians and other European teams.   But with so many people now seeking something other than setting an edge and carving, he is forgotten by many.   What he did at Burke Mountain Academy also deserves a post.

post #32 of 36

Don't want to hijack this thread, so I started a new one...

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/112833/tell-me-about-warren-witherell

post #33 of 36
Thread Starter 

I don't have Mark Elling's book, but I should. Thanks for noticing!

post #34 of 36
Another vote for Delores La Chapelle's Deep Powder Snow.
post #35 of 36

"What's the best book on skiing?"

 

That may very well be the one you haven't written yet. smile.gif

post #36 of 36

+1 for Mark Elling's book.  I picked it up after first season of skiing and it really helped the progression.  For someone new to skiing it really improved the signal/noise ratio.  I.E., it increased the signal: helped me to understand what ski instructors were saying; to see what good skiers were doing and think about why they did it that way; and to provide a framework for setting goals and working toward them.  And, it decreased the noise - really helped to recognize and ignore marketing BS of all sorts, especially about equipment, which can be overwhelming to newcomers to the sport. 

 

That was about ten years ago but I still go back to this source on occasion and frequently recommend it. 

 

So it's a very good book that serves very specific purposes.  Is it the BEST book?  Well that's unanswerable and could be debated forever -- so the perfect thread topic for summertime.

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