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post #1 of 13
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Hey, has anybody read it yet? At least a hundred people on this website have a copy of it by now. Come'on, the worst thing an author can hear is . . . the sounds of silence.

Okay, I have read it. First off, in response to the author's recently expressed hope ("I just hope it doesn't suck."), it doesn't suck. Not at all, and that's an understatement.

More positively, reading it is just like listening weems. That is quite an accomplishment--for an author to write in his own voice and not lose it. Weems never loses it. Capturing your own voice in print has to be one of the corners of the Literary Diamond (no trademark).

One last thing--the puns are intriguing. They are conceptual rather than verbal, which makes them harder, but, hey, isn't hardness a quality of diamonds?
post #2 of 13
snap. I did a post about this last night, on the thread announcing the book. So I'll bung it here, as it fits in this discussion too.

Originally Posted by ant
Disski delighted me by handing me a copy of this book!!!!!! Thanks Weems, for such a kind present, I'd been wishing I had a printer to get the rest of it. And thanks Disski, for thinking of me.

I had been slowly working my way through the early bits I'd printed back in Oz, and thinking it was a bit esoteric airy-fairy etc.

anyway, my mind was processing the "unfamiliar" bits of the Diamond (as it tends to do, it works things out on its own), and I found myself skiing badly as usual one day, and in popped thoughts about Touch and Will (my stumbling blocks). Well blow me down, soon I was skiing smoothly and enjoying the runs. There's something in this!

So I was waiting to return home so I could get the rest of it, but now I have a neat little book with coloured pictures and everything.

There's a lot in it, it's dense and I can only read bits at a time, then I have to sit'n'think for a bit. I think by the third reading I'll be coming to grips with it and joining the dots, but already I am identifying where in the Diamond I am when I'm skiing, so I can check the other corners as well.

I want to start incorporating some of this in my teaching too, but I want to "own" it a bit more first.

Anyway, this is an excellent book and the concepts take this average instructor into unfamiliar but amazingly productive territory.
Strongly recommend it.
post #3 of 13
At ESA I wanted to teach my group the idea of retraction to ski in the powder bumps that were the conditions on the last day. I initially approached it from the Power corner without much success, until I switched to Purpose and said, just try to keep your skis in contact with the snow and the terrain no matter whether it drops away or comes up toward you. Voila! Presto change-o.
post #4 of 13
Nolo, not to be an ass (but here it comes...),
but don't you teach that movement all the time to your students? Why the lack of success?
post #5 of 13
I assume you mean retraction, Miles? Because 1) I think there's more to skiing than retraction and 2) I have found that relevance is one of the more powerful attention-grabbers, and retraction was clearly relevant to the conditions of the day.

The lack of success was because the students didn't time their flexion and extension right until they had a clear purpose. It was then that they felt it working in their favor.
post #6 of 13
I worked on the book some on my flight home (in addition to the quick skim I did the night I got it). It made sense when I had a chance to digest it slowly.
(Unfortunately, I was one of those that was stuck over at Alta that afternoon and missed most of Weem's lecture, so I'm sorting it out on my own.)

I especially liked the idea that if I were stalling out while working on one aspect, that I should just switch to another aspect and that in itself might provide the missing puzzle piece that I needed. You need the dynamic tension between the anchor points to keep it all working properly.

I'm got a visual of playing "cat's cradle" - you need to keep the tension on the string in order to play the game. If you pull too hard on one side or the other the whole thing falls apart.
post #7 of 13
I missed most of Weems' lecture, too - got a last minute trip to get Zip Fits going and couldn't pass on that.

However, I borrowed FRAU's copy of the book that evening, and the light bulb went on bigtime.

Like many people, I've spent much of my life beating myself up about this, that and the other thing. I beat myself up about my skiing, too. How astonishingly counterproductive.

Reading through Weems' book gave me a great tool for escaping that hyper-negative cycle. Rather than repeating to myself "I suck" it was much more useful to say "You know, all these years I've blown off the POWER part of the Diamond!" That insight didn't change anything on the ground but it put my head in a significantly better space for learning. After communicating this insight to our coach a) he knew what I needed and b) I was in a much better position to hear and act on what he had to say.

Powerful stuff and a great tool to take into life areas far beyond skiing.
post #8 of 13
Nice! Well put, Mountaingirl.
This is ground breaking stuff in skiing, and very powerful. It really is. I'm loving exploring what it is doing for me. A few weeks back, I was skiing in a blizzard, where every run i took avalanched (well, it slid), and I was using this stuff the whole time. this was a Weems Day. the whole day, I was thinking of Weems and his Diamond.

BEST day's skiing I've had in about 5 years, seriously. This book is soft, but powerful. I'd love to get the real deal in person. You guys at the academy are lucky as hell. This is ski-changing stuff.

I'm a convert.
post #9 of 13
Thank you folks. These are great understandings of the strategy of the diamond. (I love the cat's cradle, Frau. It's really accurate.) I'm really pleased if it is useful.

Just one thought for you, Ant: I'm really grateful for the acknowledgement--and delighted with your ability to use this material so well-- but now, move quickly to thinking of you and your diamond. Don't mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the actual moon! (I know you won't, but I want to keep putting that idea out there to remind you and others that I'm only showing you what you already know.)

MG, your learning is one of the finest. It is usually easier to get people off of the Power corner than to get them on it. Those that reject the technical pieces usually do it with great fanfare and pride. (I hate all that tech crap. I just wanna have fun. Shut up and ski. etc.) To realize that a little bit of good techie stuff can go a long way is excellent.
post #10 of 13

Nolo, not to be an ass (but here it comes...),
Nolo said it better than I could.

I have been moving my students through the sports diamond and vola', breakthrough, thanks Weems!

post #11 of 13
Originally Posted by weems
It is usually easier to get people off of the Power corner than to get them on it.
You mean there are other corners?
post #12 of 13
Where is Weems' book available? It's not on Amazon and not in the Epic Store that I could see.
post #13 of 13

Where is Weems' book available?
From www.edgechange.com.

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