Originally Posted by Liam
I'm going to plug for HH's expert 2 book. Only the last two chapters are focused on powder/ bumps-the rest is a point by point guide to building the perfect short turn via two dif releases..all the tipping cues and such from the first bok are contained within this one PLUS fine-tuned applicability to "3-D" terrain. AND it has the best video of the three books.
Essentials is great...BUT, it's best for the technique junkie who relentlessly pursue's this sort of perfection (It'd be hard to learn from it IMHO-but it will refine your technique to a pretty high standard..well, as much as any book and self-guided lesson can anyway).
For those on the much lower end of intermediate I think Lito's last iteration of Breakthrough on skis is the best written.
Pretty good stuf all around.
One more comment here at risk of getting a bit off topic from the orig posters question (this is a great thread BTW IMHO)
I fear a lot of folks who would garner much help from Lito's breakthrough I are turned off a bit by the title (breakthough, out of intermediate rut etc)
Lito's efforts are much more than that. The drills he so brilliantly demonstrates in Breakthrough I were all demonstrated and practiced in every PSIA clinic I attended in the 90's. 100% identical. I was lucky enough at the time that all my clinics were lead by high level examiners. All of those drills clearly depicted in Lito's first vid are designed to improve balance and stance as well as dial in techniques used exclusively by experts. Doing the drills he depicts will make nearly any
skier better. The ability to effectively balance on either foot on any terrain is IMHO the
key to high performance skiing. This is where Lito (and I guess Harb too) desire to take their students.
The footage of Jerry Berg making high speed gs turns in Breakthrough I is in my opinion some of the most beautiful skiing ever filmed. Crystal clear depiction of what high performance skiing is all about. Absolutely brilliant. I have spent over 10 years trying to copy those turns. If you have seen it, you know what I mean. It was a joy to see clips of Berg skiing in the last ESA....I wish we would put up more of it.
Everything Lito demonstrates in Breakthrough I is either straight from ATS or centerline or an embellishment. Thousand steps, early weight shift, 1 foot balancing on cat tracks, anticipation yadi yadi....it is all the same stuff dumbed down. If you look at www.amsao.it
after viewing Lito you will again see many if not all of the same drills, albeit updated a bit with more angles due to modern ski technology.
If you are not an instructor and want to understand ski technique without the jargon and noise, Breakthrough I is the place to start. www.amsao.it
updates it for modern gear.just turn off the soundunless you speak italian