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Best skiing book?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm a fairly aggressive, advanced skier. I've never taken a lesson, and it feels to me like I'm getting to a point where I'm not going to get significantly better without having a better idea what I should be doing.

So I think I might take a lesson at some point, but the logistics and pricing are just not very conducive to my lifestyle, so in the meantime I'd like to just pick up a book.

Which should I get?
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by jonnythan View Post
Which should I get?
That depends on how you learn and what type of personality you have.

If you are a touchy feely free spirit kind of person who does not care much about order and can deal in gray vs black and white I would recommend Skiing and the Art of Carving by Ellen Post Foster and The All Mountain Skier by Mark Elling. Both are a bit dated but still very good. Also Brilliant Skiing by Weems Westfield, a new book sold here on Epic.

If you are an analytical ordered kind of person who is the kind of person who just wants the facts and no gray areas I think you would be better off with the approach of Anyone Can be an Expert Skier by Harald Harb and Essentials of Skiing, Harald Harb's newest book.

If you are in between I would recommend all five.

There are many more good books out there but those four come to mind. No one author is likely to turn on the light bulb.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
Skiing and the Art of Carving by Ellen Post Foster and The All Mountain Skier by Mark Elling. Both are a bit dated but still very good. Also Brilliant Skiing by Weems Westfield, a new book sold here on Epic.
In addition to these, my favorites are:

The Skier's Edge by Ron Lemaster
The Athletic Skier by Warren Witherell & David Evrard
Ski Faster by Lisa Feinberg Densmore
Race Skills for Alpine Skiing by Ellen Post Foster
Ski The Whole Mountain by Eric D.
post #4 of 14
Good list of books. In the o.p.'s case, a video camera would be quite helpful too, though, because what you'll feel you're doing and what you are doing after reading any of those and trying to apply it will be quite different.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
I picked up All-Mountain Skier and Essentials of Skiing from Amazon.

Thanks guys.
post #6 of 14

Books

The other books are good. I also enjoy the prose by Lito Tejada-Flores
post #7 of 14
I just dug out my old Athletic Skier book . Lots of good stuff in there. The edging and pressuring uses different terms than Essentials does and there isn't the emphasis on flexing per Essentials , but I thought there was still alot of technique common ground basis with the two books. Athletic Skier was written in 93. I wonder what became of David Evrard that coauthored the book.
post #8 of 14
You'd do well to pick up "The Skier's Edge". It's filled with tons of stuff that can make skiing more understandable.
post #9 of 14
I second the recommendation for "The Skier's Edge". I contains some information about the relevant physics and anatomy that makes other skiing books, especially "The Essentials of Skiing" much more comprehensible.
post #10 of 14
"anyone can be an expert skier 2" by harald harb has helped me a lot.

i only took one lesson, my first day. that book taught me very well!

i'm curious how you've come to be an "aggressive" and "advanced" skier if you never took a lesson or read a ski book.

my guess is you have a lot of bad habits that will need to be broken.
post #11 of 14
Another vote here for Harb's "Anyone can be an expert skier 2" and "Essentials of Skiing." "Anyone" is a skills progression and included sections on moguls & powder. "Essentials" is put together differently with each skill presented separately...tipping the skis on edge, flexing and extending the legs, etc. They don't cost a lot...get both. Harald Harb's instruction has made me a much better skier faster than any other instruction I've had including upper level PSIA and CSIA. It has returned the thrill to packed snow skiing for me.


Ken
post #12 of 14
"The All-mountain skier" by R.Mark Elling.
I think I'm the same type of skier as you are and this book help me a lot.
I improved my skiing on steeps and actully learned how to ski moguls.
He clearly and logically explains different skiing techniques.
You will find there many usefull information about ski gear as well.
Book isn't expensive.
It is available in the public libraries as well.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by olek View Post
"The All-mountain skier" by R.Mark Elling.
I think I'm the same type of skier as you are and this book help me a lot.
I improved my skiing on steeps and actully learned how to ski moguls.
He clearly and logically explains different skiing techniques.
You will find there many usefull information about ski gear as well.
Book isn't expensive.
It is available in the public libraries as well.
I agree. I like both of the books I bought (The All-Mountain Skier and Harb's Skiing Essentials), but The All-Mountain Skier is having a more immediate impact on my skiing. It's really helped me go right into skiing moguls halfway decently, which I've never been able to do before.

I am trying to incorporate a lot of what I'm learning in Skiing Essentials, though, too. These books are really helping me out.
post #14 of 14
Skiing Right by Horst Abraham. The techniques are old, but the understanding of what you are doing on the mountain is beyond anything else I have read. Spend some time thinking aobut why you ski, and it will help you choose how to ski. I think a lot of differences among teaching systems and techniques come from desires to meet slightly different goals. Establish your goals and then it will be easier to see what direction to seek. To avoid getting into some of the alphabet arguments, let me offer this example from chess. My son does not want to read chess books in order to learn how to be better. The value of chess to him comes from figuring it out himself. He will never be a strong player, but that is not his goal. His goal is to sharpen his mind using chess.
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