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Skiing Books?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know any great books about skiing? Fiction or non-fiction doesnt matter. Just looking for some summer reading.
post #2 of 23
There's a dearth of good literature out there on skiing. No author has done for skiing what JON KRAKAUER did for mountain climbing with his book INTO THIN AIR or Mark Obmascik more recently did for birding with THE BIG YEAR: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession. There's a real opportunity for an author to capture the essense of the ski obsession, but thus far, no one has stepped up to the plate. Sigh...

With that being said, WHERE TO SKI AND SNOWBOARD WORLDWIDE: THE REUTERS GUIDE is a lot of fun to read. It does a great job of comparing ski resorts across the globe:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

I also enjoyed Peter Oliver's STOWE: A NEW ENGLAND CLASSIC. In addition to the great pictures in the book, Oliver does a good job of tracing the history of skiing in New England, and debunking a lot of myths about Stowe. If you are a Stowe fan, it's worth reading:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

Hal Clifford's DOWNHILL SLIDE is a bit depressing but it offers some useful insights about the industry and is a must read for anyone interested in investing in skiing, whether it be buying a condo at a local resort or investing in shares of INTRAWEST:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

For instructional literature, I still like Mark Elling's ALL MOUNTAIN SKIER:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

He's also come out with a second edition, which may be even better than the edition I own.
post #3 of 23
Inner Skiing by W. Timothy Gallwey and Robert Kriegel
The Skiers Edge by Ron LeMasters
Skiing and the Art of Carving by Ellen Post Foster
post #4 of 23
DOWNHILL SLIDE, already mentioned, is on my to-do list.

Here's another I enjoyed a few summers ago, Right On The Edge of Crazy:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...11042?v=glance
post #5 of 23
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to ski every day for a year, try Tears in the Snow:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
post #6 of 23
Ryan:

FYI: Here's a review I wrote of DOWNHILL SLIDE for DCSki.com:

http://www.dcski.com/news/2002/11_25_2002/review.php3
post #7 of 23
Picabo's autobiograpy, the Mahre ski instruction/autobiography, or Right on the Edge of Crazy- all pretty good ski racing books.

Get on Amazon and do a search for skiing or ski and you'll come up with a lot of hits- both in and out of print.
post #8 of 23
"Right On The Edge Of Crazy" I think is the title of an interesting book. The author is a journalist who spent a season with the U.S. Alpine Downhill team. It dates back to AJ Kitts days on the squad, but is still a nice glimpse into the world of world cup.
post #9 of 23
I just ordered used copies of "Right On The Edge Of Crazy" and "Tears in the Snow." Thanks for the recommendations.

My point about ski books is not that there aren't good books out there. Rather, we have not see a "breakthrough" book on the subject--one that appeals to market broader than hard-core skiers. DOWNHILL RACER was a breakthrough film, but as of yet, we've not had had a breakthrough book.
post #10 of 23
Deep Powder Snow (40 Years of Ecstatic Skiing, Avalanches, and Earth Wisdom) by Dolores LaChappelle. An interesting account from one of the pioneers of powder skiing. She finds deep meaning in the powder skiing experience, and explains it's important role in her philosophy of deep ecology.
post #11 of 23

Not really a ski book, but . . .

If you simply want some easy summer reading that also contains a bit of skiing, try The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor. While it's not about skiing, it does start out with some interesting ski action in Deer Valley of all places! With an avalanche! And it ends in Switzerland, so you can't fault the locales.
post #12 of 23
I'm trying to find a copy of Robb Gaffney's Squallywood. I guess it goes into something like 100 of the toughest lines in Squaw. It doesn't look like a fiction/non-fiction type book, but more like a guide, the only problem is if there are pictures, I think I would drool all over the book.
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help guys!
post #14 of 23
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post #15 of 23
For "chick fiction" in a ski setting, check out L'Affaire by Diane Johnston. This comedy of manners has a Noel Coward sort of tone. The cultural clashes between Brits, the French, and an airy head girl from LA make for some fun reading.

The Secret Agent by Francine Mathews is pretty interesting. Admidst a background of spying and intrigue, our heroine falls in love with a former ski racer, who now designs skis. The dialogue about straight skis vs. shaped, and other talk about ski design sounds a whole lot like some of the epicski dialogue!
post #16 of 23
Lisamarie, you might enjoy Tall Poppies!
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
I have to warn you, the author is no expert on skiing!
post #17 of 23
In the Yikes Zone by my hero, Mermer Blakeslee
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Martin Bell
Lisamarie, you might enjoy Tall Poppies!
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
I have to warn you, the author is no expert on skiing!
OMG!!! You have me pegged! That's exactly the sort of stuff I read for "non intellectual enjoyment!" {I'm probably one of the few people who have read every single Susan Howatch book!} The plot description in Tall Poppies may be a bit close to home at the moment! {not the unlucky in love or ski racer, obviously!} Better read it to make sure nobody tries to cut me down!
BTW, is Tears in the Snow the same as Ski the World? Cried my eyes out reading that one!
post #19 of 23
Yes, I believe the publishers changed the title to make it more relevant to the tragic death of Lucy Dicker at La Grave (which actually happened after the year-long skiing expedition had ended).
You might be interested to know that the author, Arnie Wilson now has a website, where you can see what he's up to these days!
http://www.arniewilson.com
(I note that on his site Arnie lists the book as "Ski the World".)
post #20 of 23
Is that the same Arnie Wilson who edits (I think) the SC of GB's mag Ski & Board (or whatever it's called)?
post #21 of 23
yes
post #22 of 23
My used copy of Tears in the Snow just arrived last night from an Amazon re-seller. I got through about 80 pages last night. The book certainly captures the obsession that this sport encourages. Wilson basically writes about a BIG YEAR kind of experience for skiing--skiing 240 resorts around the globe in a single year and skiing somewhere for every day of that year. The book is compelling, but I do have some problems with it: his tragic love affair with Lucy often gets in the way of the ski story. Given what happens in the end (she dies in the Alps skiing a tough coloir), I can't exactly fault the author but sometimes his gushing descriptions of Lucy are too much. Maybe I'm just not a romantic.

We could use another similiar book written by an author slightly removed from the story that is less a love story and more a story of obsession and passion for skiing. Perhaps a story of two or three people competing against one another to see who can ski the most areas and log the most vert. in a single year. Has anyone tried to match Wilson's feat? It would certainly be expensive. He estimates that his trip cost over $400,000 in 1994, most of which came from sponsorships.

PS I WILL SAY THIS: TEARS IN THE SNOW may still stand as the best book ever written on the sport. I'll let everyone know my final thoughts when I am finished.
post #23 of 23
Check out Alpine Circus. Some interesting stuff about skiing in Iran and other odd places.
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