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post #1 of 21
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EpicSki member Eric DesLauriers' new ski book Ski the Whole Mountain: How to Ski Any Condition at Any Time is now available, and Eric has contributed an excerpt to the EpicSki Premium Article Collection. This is an outstanding instructional book that uses numerous sequence photos with detailed descriptions of what is happening in each image (like in the excerpt mentioned below).



You can order the book or learn more about Eric's advanced ski clinics at his website AllMountainSkiPros.com (click here). It is also available in bookstores if you can't wait for shipping.

To view the Book Excerpt click here (it's in the "Premium Article Collection"). This excerpt covers the "High Speed Crud-Ripper" advanced crud-skiing technique and provides a step-by-step evaluation of this sequence:

post #2 of 21
I've purchased and added to my library. An excellent read and resource IMO. The photos are exceptional.
post #3 of 21
Darn, that's some nice looking "crud".
post #4 of 21
Quote:
Originally posted by AC:

This looks like a good book by a great skier. I bet if any other member posted a picture like this for critique in the Ski Instruction forum it would get totally ripped apart:

"he's sitting back too much", "his hands are too far back", "not exactly parallel - might be an alignment issue". "weight transfer isn't exactly perfect because it's obvious his inside ski is not weighted in the last shot of the sequence", and on, and on, and on.
post #5 of 21
What is stated above is true. However, I wonder if it isn't a (valid) point better suited to the Instruction forum.

(But it IS true.)

Just don't think this issue should detract from the purpose of THIS thread; namely, bringing the book to everyone's attention.

[ December 20, 2002, 01:01 PM: Message edited by: ryan ]
post #6 of 21
Wow...you guys are tough! If you would like, we could post this in the instruction forum and discuss your points. I think it is important to consider the snow conditoins, pitch and and the particular phase of turn especially for the far left photos coming through the transition!

Anyway, I hope everyone who picks up the book up will like it!

Cheers-
E
post #7 of 21
Critique? CRITIQUE?! I'd cut off my left whatsis to ski like that! Especially in those conditions!

I'm buying the book, especially since it focused on skiing the conditions, and heaven knows that in Vermont, conditions are . . . shall we say . . . variable. I can fake it in hero snow, but I'm outed as a true intermediate when the conditons are tough.

Eric, I have some of the tapes that you, Rob, John, Dan and Dean have done - really great! I'm looking forward to the book.
post #8 of 21
Thanks, Oboe! Hope you like the book and that the techniques will help you in your quest to ski the whole mountain!

Still absolutley dumping in Tahoe and Ii am headed out for a fw turns! Heard it's great in VT as well.

Cheers-
E
post #9 of 21
Eric, good to see that you finished the book. Does this mean that you will be attending the Gathering at the end of January for a book signing?

You know, we may be able to work something out with Alta and Snowbird and/or some of the other resorts and ski shops to do some book signings. Hey its a tax right off for the travel and you could take the time to ski with da Bears. Think about it.

Mark

PS Eric, you are a sport!!! [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] Take care. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #10 of 21
Hey Eski I would like to buy a few copies signed by you to give out as Christmas gifts. Yeah i know it They will be late gifts. I'll need 4 books send me a PM so we can work out the details Oh wait make that 5 books Need one for my self
Thanks
post #11 of 21
Quote:
Originally posted by ESki:
Wow...you guys are tough! If you would like, we could post this in the instruction forum and discuss your points. I think it is important to consider the snow conditoins, pitch and and the particular phase of turn especially for the far left photos coming through the transition!

Anyway, I hope everyone who picks up the book up will like it!

Cheers-
E
E- I agree with you. Snow conditions, slope changes, obstacles, speed, all have to be taken into consideration. That is why my post was a statement in jest of how extremely critical the critiques are in the instruction forum. I always laugh at how much negative destruction a person's form gets based on 1/500 of second in time without regard to all the factors.

The book is on my Christmas list.
post #12 of 21
I think number of sales might go up if we could actually read the article.

Eric, great to see that you finished the book, we missed you in Chile. Are you going to make it our to Jay this year?

[ December 21, 2002, 10:13 AM: Message edited by: eug ]
post #13 of 21
I happened to ask my local bookstore about this book a few weeks ago and they ordered it for the store, so I picked up a copy when I saw it. I think it is excellent. The book is worth it for the photo sequences themselves, let alone the excellent descriptions and information that accompanies it. Must have been a true 'labor of love' to shoot and compile and I thank you for the effort! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

joel
post #14 of 21
still photos are almost usless as an instructional tool because of the very fact that they only capture a particular moment in time rather then several.
post #15 of 21
Looks to me like sequential still photos show a number of moments in the turn, conveniently isolating the moments so that we can actually see the skier's positions as they change. On this site, we've seen a number of great sequential stills, which just about everybody has found useful - particularly our very highly accomplished instructors.

Combine this with text, and you have yourself a magnificent instructional tool.
post #16 of 21
Thought I would bump this fine classic. I just bought Eric's (ESki) book at quite a bargain, only $9.95 + 5.00 shipping here http://www.mchalet.net/b70.html

For those that don't know, Eric worked with the EpicSki Acadamy this year, and is very well known instructor and guide for steep skiing. Hope to meet up with him someday. Anyway, for those whose season is just ending, this shuld be a great read to keep you psyched for next year. I'm hoping to keep improving this year.

I think the 2002 debate on those pictures is classic Epic
post #17 of 21
Thanks for the bump Cirquerider. I will check it out.
post #18 of 21
I'm looking forward to getting and reading this book! Nice, Eric!
post #19 of 21
Finally,

A real book about real skiing by a real skier!!

Thanks Eric,

Ed
post #20 of 21
I've read Ski the Whole Mountain a couple of times since we got it in a SLC bookstore in 2003. I've read Weems' book a couple of times, too.

Still waiting for Bob Barnes book. Whatever happened to that?
post #21 of 21
A number of AC's links don't work. If you want to see a book excerpt click here. I'm really looking forward to getting this.
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