A large number of books about skiing are available, even for beginners and/or newer skiers. Here's the one I very strongly recommend: NONE OF THEM. So, why?
My experience has been that I began by reading books and watching ski video. DIDN'T WORK. On several occasions, I became so frustrated, I almost quit, until . . .
The very first EpicSki Academy, January 2003, at Brighton, Utah. That was the first real coaching I ever had. So, BEFORE YOU READ ANY SKKING BOOK,
GET BEGINNER'S INSTRUCTION FROM THE MOST QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR YOU CAN FIND. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, GO TO AN EPICSKI ACADEMY EVENT, EVEN IF YOU NEVER SKIED BEFORE.
Not just one lesson or two lessons - maybe four lessons in four days, then once a week thereafter until you take a brief hiatus.
Skiing is accomplished through sensations your muscles learn. The best of instructors will do some explaining, for sure - and they'll also be traning the muscles you use in skiing.
My dear departed father and mother were music teachers as well as accomplished musicians. When a person wanted to learn to play the violin or the piano, they NEVER had just one or two lessons. They'd have a lesson one day of the week and tell the student to "take this home and practice". Then, the student would return for another lesson. Those students learned from my mother and father what they could not have learned from any book.
Please, please, please do yourself a favor - save the reading for later. TAKE LESSONS. BECOME A REGULAR VISITOR TO THIS WEBSITE. CONTACT ANY OF THE INSTRUCTORS WHO POST HERE with questions you may have, and you have some of the best, most famous instructors in the world on this website - THE BEST! It amazes me even now how willing they are to share their considerable knowledge with people on this website.
BECOME A FULL FLEDGED SUPPORTER OF THIS WEB SITE. No, I am not an owner, a moderator, or an "official" of any kind on EpicSki. I am one of the people who would not be skiing today, would not be an instructor today, would not enjoy skiing nearly as much as I do today, if were not for this website, the EpicSki Academies, and my contacts with the likes of nolo, Weems, Bob Barnes, and the other class act top professionals involved in this historic, wonderful website.
GOOD LUCK! I look forward to your participation - and WELCOME!