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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Okay sno pros, what would you recommend by way of books and videos for one starting a personal reference library for ski instructing? Please list the best of PSIA publications in addition to any other books/videos and note those items you feel are essential.
post #2 of 17
In no particular order, some of the books that have helped me on the job include:

Children's Instruction Manual, PSIA 1997

The Anatomy Coloring Book, Kapit and Elson

Coaching Young Athletes, Rainer Martens et al, Human Kinetics

Race Skills for Alpine Skiing, Ellen Post Foster. Turning Point

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper

Coaches Guide to Sport Physiology, Brian Sharkey

Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors, PSIA 2002

Alpine Technical Manual, PSIA 2002

Skiing, an Art...a Technique, Georges Joubert

In the Yikes Zone, Mermer Blakeslee

The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer

The Tao Te Ching

The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf

The Inner Game of Work/Learning How to Change (video), Timothy Gallwey

Dead Poet's Society (movie)

Ski the Mahre Way (video)

Teaching Concepts, American Teaching Method, Horst Abraham, PSIA, 1980

Skiing Right, Horst Abraham

World Cup Ski Technique, Larsson and Majors

The Skier's Edge, Ron LeMaster

I read some of the work of some of the authors in the bibliographies of these books as well. That's an easy way to find sources of more information.
post #3 of 17
Inner Skiing by T. Gallwey and R. Kriegel
The Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing by B. Barnes
Anyone Can be an Expert Skier by H. Harb [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
The Athletic Skier by W. Witherell and D. Evrard
Skiing and the Art of Carving video
Epicski ski forum
(edit-thought of two more)
How We Think by John Dewey
How to Win Friends and Influence People by D. Carnegie

[ July 31, 2003, 04:33 PM: Message edited by: BillA ]
post #4 of 17
Technical skills for Alpine skiing, Ellen Post Foster

Alpine skiing for Kids / 7 and Up. (kids coach video)

World class ski tuning Michael Howden
post #5 of 17
Nolo posted a pretty impressive list. I apparently still have a lot of reading to do. There are a couple of items that I've found helpful that haven't been listed so far (I think):

The All Mountain Skier, R. Mark Elling

Women Ski, Claudia Carbone

The Handbook of Skiing, Karl Gamma

Alpine & Snowboard Teaching Handbook (2 handbooks) published by Vail Resorts

Ski Faster, Lisa Feinberg Densmore

Children's Skiing Handbook (PSIA)

Advance to the Steeps (video) X-Team
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks all and keep 'em coming. Too bad the only freebie listed is our own forums.
post #7 of 17
Some other books that I still look at that would be hard to find (but possibly in a library or used bookstore)

Alpine Athlete Competencies by Dr. Stephen Johnson, USSA Handbook, 1997

The Official American Ski Technique, PSIA, 1966

Invitation to Modern Skiing, Fred Iselin and A.C. Spectorsky, 1947

The other book that I forgot to mention is the one I keep closest to hand--Bob Barnes's Encyclopedia of Skiing.
post #8 of 17
And speaking of books by forum members, don't forget Eric Deslaurier's Ski the Whole Mountain!!!
post #9 of 17
Some history that should not be forgotten.


Try and collect the respective Ski instructor Association manuals from each country. This will give your library some depth and it is a fascinating process to compare the different terminologies\methodologies\emphasis\evolution of the whole ski instruction game.

Try and remember that North America is only one small source of technical information on ski instruction. The Japanese, for instance, have their own national ski demonstration contest, which elevates the winner to “legend” status. They also have the largest ski industry in the world. They produce a fascinating book showing the past winners in full page action. The Austrians and Swiss place a huge emphasis on the technical aspect of skiing (and they win a swag of medals).

Broaden your scope and you will find a whole world of learning out there.

post #10 of 17
Aw, c'mon, Oz--we put the Go in Jingo!

I'd like to second your advice and recommend the Swiss Instructors Association's Core Concepts. I have a brochure given to me by a Swiss instructor at the PSIA Academy that has the best presentation about sports development I have ever seen, and I'm talking about twenty 4x5" glossy, illustrated pages, not a doctoral thesis.

The brochure describes a number of support materials--CD-ROM transparencies, VHS video, DVD, book, etc.

Information and order:

SIAS, P.O. Box 3628 Uttigen
email sivs@bluewin.ch
Phone ++ 41 33 345 50 44
Fax ++ 41 33 345 34 85
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm on my way to building a library. I thought I found a great deal at Amozon's used book link. I found a dozen books/videos listed above but when I checked out I gagged at the shipping charges. I whittled it down to 5 and kept it under $70.

I found Bob's Encyclopedia used for $193, is this right? Bob, how much new and when are you publishing again?

Ozman, thanks for the Interski overview. I printed it and will read at my leisure. I'll check out other country's resources also.

Nolo, interesting selection; Dead Poets...,..Yikes...,Servant as Leader etc. Lessons on coaching, I presume? By the way I found a few books by Parker Palmer with "The Courage to Teach" as part of the title. Which one do you recommend?

B.A., D.C., L.P., and L.M. thanks and your suggestions are on my list to buy.
post #12 of 17
The Parker Palmer book I have is The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life.
post #13 of 17
Bob is working on the fourth edition as we speak. His plan is to have a copy ready to be proofed in the next few weeks. It's a paperback so it certainly is not the price you have found. I think the last edition was ten or twenty dollars.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
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post #15 of 17
The best book ever Written on Ski technique is "How the Racers Ski" by Warren Witherell. It's out dated in many ways, but the basics as presented in this book are still the basics. It was a really poular book and can be purchased cheaply.

Witherell really should do an update of this book.

"How the Racers ski" has a picture of Bridger Bowl coach Bruce M. with a caption that says basically " Look at the mistakes this young racer from Northern Division is making..."
post #16 of 17
There was a 1984 update. (origional was 1971)
post #17 of 17
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