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Interesting Ski History Book

post #1 of 16
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FOR THE LOVE OF SKIING. Written by Alan Engen, Alf Angen's son. Some fascinating paintings of skiing in the Viking days, as well as some intriguing pictures of Ski Jump technique in the 1930s. There's a terrifying pictur of Suicide Hill in Michigan.

The appendix features a timeline of significant skiing events, as well as a summary of Olympic Ski champions.

AC, it might be good to do a link to this!

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #2 of 16
Well, I'm actually looking for books on technique but it was too sad seeing a post with no replies heh.....hey you guys must be waking up soon eh....hmm well the morning people anyways.....cheerio, Tim
post #3 of 16
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That is so sweet, Tim! For technique, my current favorite is Ellen Post Foster's "The Art of Carving".

One thing you will find on this forum is that if people are obsessed with a debate, they sometimes do not pay attention to other new topics that are posted. Its understandable. How much time do people have to be online, anyway.

Currently, in Technique and Instruction. we have 3 threads with close to 300 responses all related to stance width!

I don't really think this thread "stands a chance" , but I did want to let people know about this book.
Thanks for replying!
post #4 of 16
It is a great book LM! If you like ski history, try Legends of Skiing by Rick Richards. I think that's the title. I have almost 200 ski books in storage in New Mexico, it in a box! I really need to talk books with Todd sometime, he has a ton.
In fact for guys like Tim, we should have a book review section on this site, where posters could rate them...
post #5 of 16
lol no problem. I come here for a bit of fun as well as to get information. It sometimes quite amusing just sitting back and observing, watching people agree with others and thinking up more and more points for their argument until it ends up with two or three sides with people winning to fight to the death. When i get more used to the way things work here i'll probably end up in their aruging my point as if its gospel also
post #6 of 16
Hey good idea Robin! Right now i need all the information i can get to feed my new obsession with skiing
post #7 of 16
Well goodnight guys (if you check this post again) it's my bed time. Hopefully i'll be able to get on when you nice people are on also....in case your wondering, it's already saturday the 8th here i've 'been there, done that' as far as your day today is concerned lol
bye bye, Tim

Light travels faster than sound, which is why some people appear bright, until you hear them speak
post #8 of 16
Well i'll be! *points at his "Double Diamond Member" badge with pride*
post #9 of 16
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Robin, that IS a great idea! You know, if AC has an affliate with Amazon, perhaps there's a way to set up links to the books reviewed.

I never knew that Todd was a ski book "freak" until after taking a lesson. I tend to accummulate a large # of books on ANYTHING I'm interested in.

Kind of shows you that people pick instructors for reasons that may be a bit more subtle than we think.

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #10 of 16
First-thanks for keeping me "alive" through the dry months. I start and end my season at Killington (Oct-May), but in between ski in NY and VT.

The technical stuff is nice to read-I am an instructor/coach, but I must be one of the weird ones-I enjoy the history of skiing!!

First-www.skiinghistory.com is a great site and organization.

Second-if you haven't visited any of the ski museums located throughout the country-you should. www.nesm.org is the museum in NH. Wonderful old films to watch and neat exhibits.

Third-PSIA-Eastern has as part of their "Masters" program a two day "History of Skiing" course. www.psia-e.org (this years courese not listed yet.)It is interesting skiing the "old fashion" ways, and see the improvement of equipment and its effect on technique. Avalement anyone? Vorlage was so far forward you were not skiing into tomorrow, you were physically in tomorrow!

Again-thanks for this wonderful site. Hope to use it alot.

Stacey "Hatman"
post #11 of 16
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The actual link is http://www.skiinghistory.org

Thank you so, so much! That is one awesome site!! I want some of those posters and photos!

Too bad non instructors can't take the Masters courses. There were some biomechanics courses that PSIA-E are giving at Bromley next weekend, that would be useful for my ski-fitness workshop.

BTW, welcome!

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #12 of 16
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Oh, forgot to mention. I learned the history of skiing at Bormio last season. Most people were in rear entry boots and straight skis. I was taught heel slides, locked boot stance and reverse shoulder lean!
post #13 of 16
Thanks for the correction Lisamarie.

You might want to contact PSIA-E about the all of the courses anyway, especially the indoor one day courses (like at Brodie on 9/14-16).

The Masters courses have 3 specialties-and you take 2 day on snow courses related to the specialty. Some of the 1 day indoor courses are for a well-rounded education not in your "major".

Maybe with your background(been reading the site for 3 months now), PSIA will let a non-ski instuctor join. If not-it seems you ski Okemo alot-if that is the case there are several instructors from there that are taking these courses. They can share info.

During one of the earlier Interski demos, Germany presented a ski technique of having your weight only on the inside ski! Now we do that as a skill. Each country looks at skiing differently. Read stuff from ISHA (Internation Ski History Assoc) - the site your corrected the address.
post #14 of 16
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Thanks! The net., com, org thing gets confusing! My ski conditioning site is http://www.ski-fitness.net. So many people search for it by typing in .com.
post #15 of 16
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here's another great book: Ski & Snow Country, The Golden Years of Skiing in the West, 1930s-1950s, by Ray Atkenson and Warren Miller. based on these 2 books, if I could go back in time, I'd love to be at Sun Valley in the 1940s! has it retained any of sort of George Cukor panache?
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Sun Valley's a fun family getaway kind of resort for those who can afford it, LisaMarie. Lots of returning folks who've been going there since their parents took them first fifty years ago. When the original log-built Sun Valley Lodge burned down, they rebuilt it with cement logs.
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