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post #31 of 35
I've taken lessons and recently bought Harbs 'Anyone can ba an Expert Skier' and was surprised how much overlap there was in the drills. It really helped me get away from being a terminal intermediate skier.
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I've taken lessons and recently bought Harbs 'Anyone can ba an Expert Skier' and was surprised how much overlap there was in the drills. It really helped me get away from being a terminal intermediate skier.

 

Can I ask where did you take your lessons, because, in my experience with discussing ski technique with members  of PSIA, it's totally different.

 

But, I'd recommend Harb's "Anyone Can Be An Expert Skier", book 2 to those newer to ski technique theory who are interested in improving. 

post #33 of 35

That is how I began my journey out of the intermediate rut years ago with Breakthrough on Skis. These are the materials I liked.

 

Lito Tejada-Flores' Breakthrough on the New Skis: Say Goodbye to the Intermediate Blues and all 3 accompanying DVDs: Breakthrough on Skis 1, 2 and 3 are classics. Even though 1 and 2 were made during the straight ski era, the information is still valid for modern shaped skis. DVD 3 introduces the "new skis" and modern technique.  There used to be Breakthrough on Skis courses at Aspen but I think those are no longer running.  This series is a great intro to advanced/expert skiing in all conditions.

 

Harald Harb is one of the featured skiers on LTF's DVD 3 and in his own teaching Lito borrows Harald's "Phantom Move".  HH has his own books and DVDs starting with Anyone Can be an Expert Skier 1 and 2, and The Essentials of Skiing: the Fastest Way to Master the Slopes etc.. There are ski instruction camps held several times each year.  If Breakthrough on Skis is like a college intro course, HH's series will take a skier through to a PhD. It's more intensely technical and technique oriented. Although there is a focus on carving, the series does cover skiing in all conditions as well as boot alignment and ski selection.

 

John Clendenin's Clendenin Ski Method: Mogul Mastery is a short read about just skiing bumps (~100 pages) along with an accompanying DVD. JC teaches a soft approach to navigating bumps. The target audience are folks who want to learn a non-aggressive, easy on the joints, controlled approach to bumps. IIRC JC is based in Aspen but there are courses and camps all over the place during the year.

 

Eric and Rob Deslauriers' Ski the Whole Mountain. Written around the time shape skis just started appearing this book is about skiing off piste. It's out of print but still can be found used. Nobody is going to become an extreme skier by reading a book, but this book is actually pretty rich in technique and not just about pretty pictures and BS.

post #34 of 35
No I haven't used any instructors at perfect sorry.
post #35 of 35
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Can I ask where did you take your lessons, because, in my experience with discussing ski technique with members  of PSIA, it's totally different.

But, I'd recommend Harb's "Anyone Can Be An Expert Skier", book 2 to those newer to ski technique theory who are interested in improving. 
Updated: Hyland Ski in the twin cities. Its a small hill that offers beginner lessons, park and racing. We still started out with a wedge but quickly transitioned to the garland turns emphasizing the stance ski. We also did his release and transfer drills. We also did drills where we lifted the free ski then used the tip to initiate the turn. It wasn't 100% what Harb teaches but the drills we did are straight from his book. We did most of the drills on learning to ski on the stance ski. They never referred to the phantom move but talked about the release, transfer and tilting your skis.
Edited by voghan - 1/27/14 at 6:48am
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