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racing guide?

post #1 of 13
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I"m looking to do some racing next year (sl and gs) and was wondering if anybody knows of a good book or video that could help me get the basics down.

thanks
post #2 of 13
I tell you one thing NOT to bother with and thats the CDs available for a hefty price from USSA. I have two of them and for me at least, they suck. I got much better information from here and ski racing related sites; also from simply watching the pros on WCSN and Youtube. But if you want to buy the USSA CDs, Ill sell them to you.
post #3 of 13
CSCF World 2008 and Winning Runs are what I think is best available for training and racing references
http://www.snowpro.com/cscf/cscftv/index.htm
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I tell you one thing NOT to bother with and thats the CDs available for a hefty price from USSA. I have two of them and for me at least, they suck. I got much better information from here and ski racing related sites; also from simply watching the pros on WCSN and Youtube. But if you want to buy the USSA CDs, Ill sell them to you.
You're a born salesman.
Or else the videos are actually really good and you just don't want anyone else to get the bump from them, in which case you're brilliant.
post #5 of 13
LOL...thanks you give me too much credit!
post #6 of 13
There's a great book recently written by Tom Reynolds, the founder of the UMaine Farmington Ski Industries program, Effective Ski Coaching. It's worth the price. Tom has a website along with Tim Lavallee, www.ski-race-coach.com. I'm pretty sure that you can order it under publications.
The book's not well distributed, but don't underestimate it's value. I gave a copy to a recent WC coach as a gift, and he thought it was great.
post #7 of 13
There's Ski Faster by Lisa Feinberg Densmore
-it's from 2000 but is still relevant. Pretty basic. Geared towards parents and Masters racers. Has stuff about tactics, starts, how to prepare for a race, stretching, attitude etc. This is a good place to start I'd think.

-Race Skills by Ellen Post Foster 1994
Geared more to teaching kids but totally relevant. Not all that dated except for equipment. Has stuff on course tactics, drills, drawing courses (on paper to try and remember them), bit on course setting.
Possibly it's been updated but wouldn't make a lot of difference.

-For non technique:
Right on the Edge of Crazy: On Tour with the US Downhill Ski Team by Mike Wilson 1993
Aj Kitt and others of the underfunded US ski team on the World Cup
Great title - says it all. Read it long time ago and enjoyed it.
post #8 of 13
Eventhough a bit old, The Skiers Edge by Ron LeMaster and a classic everyone should own, The Athletic skier by Warren Witherall!
post #9 of 13

Ron is going to do an update to...

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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
Eventhough a bit old, The Skiers Edge by Ron LeMaster and a classic everyone should own, The Athletic skier by Warren Witherall!
...The Skier's Edge this year, wait for that...also, the USST CDs really work for me, so I'd at least spend some time checking them out...
post #10 of 13

modern form

oesnt Billy Kid have a new video out?
post #11 of 13
the best way to learn is to just watch other racers. also, help out with junior racing programs and you might be able to pick up some good tips that coaches give kids. basically, find someone good and "stalk" them for a day. haha
and i skied with billy kidd at steamboat one year. it was me and a bunch of other racers. in my opinion he isnt a very good teacher.
post #12 of 13

Billy Kid

Are you kidding?? Billy Kid is the fastest guy out there. If he didnt wear that hat all time. That thing's got to add about 2.5 seconds on to anyones time. :
post #13 of 13
i never said he wasnt a good skier.....i just said he isnt a very good teacher. well at least he didnt try to teach us. the only thing he said was he could tell if you are a good skier by the way you stand. he also repeated the same things over and over. he was cool and was great in his time. dont get me wrong, he is an amazing person and basically got racing started for america.
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