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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone.
I have been reading the forums since Pierre eh! recommended the web site to me way back when. I know all of you out there have done much reading and would like to see what you recommend.
I have already read the PSIA study guides and the American Teaching System manual, and of course everyone's posts.

post #2 of 10
Bob Barnes Encyclopedia of Skiing and Ellen Post Fosters Art of Carving. To help support this site, please use AC's Amazon link. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 10
Hi Zeek:

I've been a member of this forum for some time, and although I've rarely posted, I do read a lot of the messages, and have read a number of ski books over the last year and a half.

I very much enjoyed Ron LeMasters book, The Skier's Edge. Quoting from the preface, "This is not a how-to-ski book-- it is a book about how skiing works. It is about the fundamental principles and techniques at work in skiing and how good skiers apply them. Most avid skiers are, in effect, their own coaches... I hope to convey to these skiers a coherent, fundamental understanding of skiing from the snow up; one through which they can evaluate and expand their own skiing."

It was a fascinating read, I sped through it on the afternoon the UPS guy delivered it.

I also enjoyed Bob Barnes book, The Complete Encyclopedia of Sking, very much. It seems to provide a common source for much of the terminology used by some of the most insightful and helpful of the posters on this site.

I have read through each of these two twice, (both for simple enjoyment/daydreaming during the summer, and for learning/applying things on the snow), and have looked things up in one or the other many times.

Finally, I am on my second read-through of Harald Harb's book, Anyone can be an Expert Skier. It is more of a lesson plan than either of the other two books, and is therefore not quite as fun a read. However, I will spend some time working on this skiing progression myself this winter. I also understand that it is the best selling of the current ski books, so it
presents some terminology and methods that you may hear and see on the slopes; Also, it is the the first version of the "holy book" espoused by one side in some of the most stem winding, mud slingin, knock-em-down flame wars you'll see on this site.
post #4 of 10
If you're really into the sport, you have to read both of Harb's books.

"Expert 1" is an intro. It teaches skiers the basics of his system. Reading 1 without reading 2 would be like taking a class and quitting half way through it. 1 teaches skiers to "lift and tip".

"Expert 2" brings the whole system together. It introduces new movements and exercises to get the student to progress from "lift and tip" to "lighten and flatten".

I'm the most outspoken here. But I can truly say with an open mind that his books and videos are the best on the market right now for ski instruction. A skier does have to commit themselves to his system. But once doing so, they can literally teach themselves his system by going through his 2 books and accompanying videos.
post #5 of 10
I really liked THE ATHLETIC SKIER by Warren Witherall and David Evrard, and THE CENTERED SKIER by Denise McClugage <sp>.

Here is a list to add to your library…
PSIA Educational Materials. I found it searching with Altavista for Warren Witherall. The link appears to be old, but still worthwile.

post #6 of 10
This is more race-oriented, but still helpful:

(Also, if you're interested in "Breakthrough on Skis" I'm selling a copy for $9, including shipping.)
post #7 of 10
Second the motion on Athletic Skier and Centered Skier. Zeek, you have your work cut out for you!
post #8 of 10
just finished Lisa Feinberg Densmores "Ski Faster" Think Ill read it again. MOre for racing but has good on and off snow excercises, drills, and spends alot of time on the mental aspect....
post #9 of 10
The All-Mountain Skier, by Mark Elling
The Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing, by Bob Barnes
The Athletic Skier and How the Racers Ski, by Warren Witherell
Anyone Can be an Expert, by Harald Harb

Please save Harb's book for later. That way, you can decide whether Harb is innovating, or just changing nomenclature, or something in between the two. Personally, I find Harb's terminology to yield more practical images, but that's just me. Some of his progressions are broken down further than one would need, and therefore are unnecessarily overcomplex.

Mark Elling's book remains my favorite, while Bob Barnes's book is the one that is my primary resource.
post #10 of 10
Jonathan S
Have you noticed that Al Hobart's website hasn't been changed in over 18 months? I've deleted it from my bookmarks. The most recent "clinics" are for 4/2/00. I sent several e-mails and never got a reply. :
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