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What do you think of Martin Heckleman's Instructional Videos?

post #1 of 4
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Hello,

I'm a novice skier (this will be my 3rd winter, with last winter sadly only clocking ONE day). I'm getting excited about skiing this season and I've been watching Martin Heckleman's instructional videos, which I ordered from the internet.

I can only speak as a novice when I say they are helpful. But I wanted to know what YOU thought of them. They're a few years old. So I was wondering if anything was outdated.

Thanks.
post #2 of 4
Hello NYCJIM and wellcome to the magical world of ski technique! Could you please give me the link to the www site were Martin Hecklemans videos can be ordered. Im very interested since Ive been reading his book ".....guide to skiing" from 1983.

I dont know about his video but most significant in his book is that he goes straight to parallel skipping the wedge (snowplow) and the wedge turn. In the thread "The Wedge Hammer" started by me we have been discussing this issue so scroll through it and make up your own mind about if wedging is a good approach or not. Anyway, the book is fantastic and even though its 20y old the basic technique for going parallel is still accurate. The new carving skiis were not invented back then but nothing really has changed exept that now we can carve much tighter turns than before. And its also very much easier to initiate turns since the skiis turn by themselves. Im shure mr Heckleman perfects the carving techniqe as well as any other mountain skill and he is a brilliant skiier.

This straight to parallel approach when learnng how to ski has become very popular in the US and its called PMTS. I bet PMTS founder did read mr Hecklemans book back in the 80's.

I dont know what your level is but since you have been skiing alredy some this wedging thing is no big issue for you. Best thing you can do is to take a few private lessons from a good ski-school. The instructor will put you on the right track and dont worrie if he doesent approve with mr Hecklemans video exersises and teaching methods, we all have our special approaches to teaching skiing.
post #3 of 4
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I'll try and find the links. I can't remember the website. I got it from one of his books (which I read in a Barnes and Noble bookstore but didn't pay for).

I'm fascinated by the wedge hammer post. Lots of good info. Thanks.
post #4 of 4
http://www.onlineshop.us.com/cat_vhs...now_Sports.php

Doing a serch on google finds you a few sources. I've never watched the video though, so can't help there.

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