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Skiing literature...

post #1 of 18
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So I got dumped in literature of sports this semister, and we're going to be reading some books (that we choose) on a sport. I was hoping that maybe you guys knew of a few books I could read? I don't want to get stuck reading stuff about mountain climbing (my friend wants to partner up with me and do that =\). Thanks alot!
post #2 of 18
Haven't read this, saw it on Amazon and thought it looked interesting: "Skiing Zen: Searching for the Spirituality of Sport" by Rick Phipps. Also, just released, "Open Your Heart with Skiing: Mastering Life Through Love of the Turns" by Stephen Hultquist...Then there is also "In the Yikes! Zone: What Skiing Can Teach Us About Surrender and Trust" by Mermer Blakeslee. I have read that and I really liked it!
post #3 of 18

Essential



Deep Powder Snow: Forty-Years of Ecstatic Skiing, Avalanches, and Earth Wisdom
by: Dolores LaChapelle

A bit hard to find now though and the value of this book has shot up since her passing this past January. Reviewed by Lou Dawson:
http://www.wildsnow.com/tips/booklis...achapelle.html

(passed my copy on years ago, if you find a reasonably priced copy somewhere let me know!).
post #4 of 18
Tyrone, that's such a great book; I quoted Delores a number of times... You can get it at the Alta Store. There's also Tim Galwey's Inner Skiing (old, but good). A number of other good ones at the Alta Store, too, but mostly just about powder skiing...



post #5 of 18
In the Grip of Avalanches by Jill Fredston is pretty good, although it's not entirely about skiing. The White Death (can't remember the author) is ok as well. I remember reading a short story about skiing by Hemmingway. Funny how there is relatively little literature dealing with skiing as compared to similar sports like climbing or surfing. Maybe it's because so many skiers are illiterate.
post #6 of 18
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Maybe it's because so many skiers are illiterate.
i don't understand.
post #7 of 18
Reading Inner Skier now.....very easy read, takes ideas that most of us already believe and puts it in clear words. Best $1.00 I ever spent.
Amazon....Used.

Inner Skiing: Revised Edition (Paperback)
by W. Timothy Gallwey (Author) "There is a magic in skiing when all is going well that transcends anything I have experienced in other sports..." (more)
post #8 of 18
It is true that skiing does not have a great deal of literature, like fly fishing. But there are some fun reads. Two of my personal favorites are:
1. "Right on the Edge of Crazy" by Mike Wilson. It details a year spent travelling with the US Ski team; and
2. "Alpine Circus" by Mike Finkel. This is an account of the author's crazy ski adventures from far flung parts of the world (like China).
post #9 of 18
I would highly recommend this one as well:



http://www.amazon.com/Downhill-Slide...8106250&sr=8-1
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
In the Grip of Avalanches by Jill Fredston is pretty good, although it's not entirely about skiing. The White Death (can't remember the author) is ok as well. I remember reading a short story about skiing by Hemmingway. Funny how there is relatively little literature dealing with skiing as compared to similar sports like climbing or surfing. Maybe it's because so many skiers are illiterate.
Now you'll know that even though I put you on "ignore", I occasionally still read your posts...DAMN.

The White Death is great, I have it in digital format, but loved it so much I gave it to others for Christmas. It happened in Glacier and a lot of the names are familiar to me. It is written by McKay Jenkins. You can get it at Amazon.

A learning to ski book I read over twenty years ago was Breakthrough on Skis. It was the only ski book I've ever read that I actually got something out of. It's still in publication, updated for newer Equipment, also at Amazon.

I've also enjoyed Picabo's autobiography, Nothing to Hide.
post #11 of 18
Just as an odd suggestion, you may do a compare and contrast type of piece between the ski racers of old versus the new breed.

Back in the 50's you were not allowed to make money .... period!

Come Ski With Me ... Stein Eriksen, has lots of short stories on going to Colorado (from Norway) to train at some altitude and how good clean living was the key.

Everything was done .... "For the glory of Norway", not for the dollar.

Bode .... of the new breed and his book ... put simply, there is none of the humility and gentle spirit with Bode Miller as there was with Stein. Bode is a rebel without a cause and takes on the world while shooting the middle finger at large, beer in hand. Bode's world is the chase of the big dollar contracts like Barilla Pasta and getting booted from the USST ... oh ... sorry ... they just parted ways.
post #12 of 18
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Now you'll know that even though I put you on "ignore", I occasionally still read your posts...DAMN.
Great. Now I've gotta change my sig. Thanks a lot!
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post #13 of 18
You're like a car wreck on the highway. No one wants to look, but few can stop themselves from doing it.
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You're like a car wreck on the highway. No one wants to look, but few can stop themselves from doing it.
I'm also covered in blood quite often.
post #15 of 18
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In the Grip of Avalanches by Jill Fredston is pretty good, although it's not entirely about skiing. The White Death (can't remember the author) is ok as well. I remember reading a short story about skiing by Hemmingway. Funny how there is relatively little literature dealing with skiing as compared to similar sports like climbing or surfing. Maybe it's because so many skiers are illiterate.
Is that a comment on the original poster's writing?
post #16 of 18
Does "Skiing for Dummies" count as literature? :
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Wow, thanks alot for all of the suggestions! I'll definitely be picking one (or more) of these up for the class. We also have to read some essays (not long ones, just a couple pages) about certain athletes, and-sorry if you like him, but- i'm getting kinda tired of reading about tony hawk (I'm a senior in highschool, and it seems like thats what most of the kids in the class want to read about).
I was wondering if you guys knew of any essays, pretty much just anything short that's free that I could submit?
Thanks again,
Robert Storm
post #18 of 18
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Is that a comment on the original poster's writing?

No. It's humor.
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