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Good Skiing Books for A New Skier

post #1 of 13
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I don't know if this is the right section for this question but here goes:

I just got back from my first ski trip ever at Breckenridge. I went for a total of 3 days and had a private lesson the first day.
The second day I practiced some greens, and, on the third day, tried out my first blues and 2 blue-blacks (pressured into these by a group of friends.) I didn't have much of a problem with the blues and got down them without any problems. The blue-blacks were much tougher and I told myself I wouldn't do any more of these until my skill significantly improved. I didn't fall. it was just extremely grueling. Now, as ski season is winding to a close, I am disappointed to not have another chance to improve till next season. But, I think a couple of good skiing technique and drill books will keep me satisfied this summer and ready to get better next season.
Does anyone have any recommendations for my skill level? Many thanks in advance.
post #2 of 13
 In my 2nd year of skiing, old guy trying to keep up with his kid, am dedicated. And at my age, technical details matter, ego is left at the bottom of the chairlift, and its all about skill, i.e. "I can get down that slope" is irrelevant; since once kinds of shuffles, slides, falls and comes down like a flamingo which lost its bearings. That said, I read a lot, watched a lot of movies and here is my view: give you a few choices, you decide for yourself - do not know your age or vintage so hard to figure out exactly what might appeal. Caveat Emptor: This is one humble and dedicated beginner/intermediate's opinion :

Just listing them: I am giving you the Amazon links, lots of folks have reviewed them too.
1. Mark-Elling's All-mountain Skier: Really good book, clean exposition and easy to understand, quite detailed, and full of subtleties: 

2.  Lito Flores, Breakthrough on the New Skis: Well-written and excruciating detail in many parts, well worth a read, because he actually is the one guy who explains some moves like "relax the downhill leg" really vividly, I understood more from reading his book on this than from folks telling me to do it on the mountain  (the videos made by this dude were not upto the mark, the book is a different cup'a tea! capisce)

3. Weekend Warriors Guide to Expert Skiing :The Sun Valley crew are a tad controversial when it comes to their mogul method, they seem to get into arguments with others on blogs. On the other hand, the book by two of their exponents is actually quite good, probably the easiest and most direct method in print to get to be an expert skier, they focus on the most basic movement to initiate, transition, execute and finish a turn and build from there: title fits! : 

4. Ski the Whole Mountain: By the DesLaurier Brothers: This is actually an unusual book in that, they mix their teaching with stories of their exploits. Interesting folks, big name ski movie genre dudes. Their exposition is actually far better than I expected, and some of their key observations are worth internalizing. Again, in my view this book is best used by intermediates and experts looking to get better, though beginners can learn a lot from it too. One drawback, the book I believe is out of print, so unless you can snag a copy cheap or borrow from someone or a library, it costs an arm and a leg.

These should be enough to get you started, I am in my second year, and third season of skiing, and only now do I actually get a few of the moves, but got a long way to go.

There are DVD's too, and I will just say SofaSkiSchool video, is the numero uno, the best instruction video, bar none, and it's actually fun to watch. You want to feel what its like to carve, try out his little exercise on a gentle slope, and you will know what the experts feel like when they fire up those afterburners on their edges ! I have seen and learnt the most from this than any book 

check out the threads on it using the SEARCH function above, you will see varied opinions on this forum;
or go to www.sofaskischool.com. There is a clip on YouTube : including it below, seems like you've never seen it..it is as far as I know the most viewed Ski Clip on YouTube. Of course, form your own views - the books are above, start there, as you please.

There are far more knowledgeable folks than me on this forum, and I am sure they will help you as many did help me, I am simply contributing when I can - returning the favor sort of.

There are folks on this forum who are experts and who believe in Harald Harb's (famous guy) method of skiing, its called PMTS. Actually some of the ideas are great and sometimes seem obvious, but only after one is past the basics - i.e. weight on downhill leg, etc. etc, but in my view not for the total beginner, it lacks emphasis on some of the basics, i.e. how to trust gravity and the fall-line and where your weight should be, does not emphasize that enough and kind of is unidimensional on superb carving which by the way these folks are great at. Somehow I feel the books and the videos are not exactly the best for learning from, though I presume if one took lessons from these folks, the rewards would follow. The way I see it, when one gets to the intermediate stage, then a lot of what Harb espouses actually becomes a lot easier to understand, emulate and attempt to master. 
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Dude....you are the man. You've given me so many great choices and some great explanation. I'll definitely take a look at all that you have recommended. Also, I saw the sofaskischool video on youtube before I took my first ski trip and it intrigued me about the aspects of carving. I'm also 18 years old.

Thank you so much.

Edit: Just ordered a few of the books (ones more suited to beginner and lower intermediate) and the sofaskischool video.

I also saw that this one, and it looked very solid. It's called "The New Guide to Skiing" by Martin Heckelman.
It looks like it has some great instruction and illustrations. I am eagerly anticipating their arrival.
Edited by Huckle - 3/21/10 at 8:30pm
post #4 of 13

Nice write ups.

We're trying to use the "review" feature of Huddler to make this easier for everyone. Check out the downhill ski book reviews.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks man. I'll make sure to look it up.
post #6 of 13
DVD skiing lessons available from EpicSki contributor Rick  http://www.YourSkiCoach.com  can be helpful.  Get you ready for your return to Breck.
post #7 of 13
How to Be an Expert Skier 1 and 2

Essentials of Skiing

All written by Harald Harb.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. I'll look into those.
post #9 of 13
Ultimate Skiing by Ron LeMaster

Excellent source for truly understanding the mechanics and physics of skiing.
Edited by GarryZ - 3/24/10 at 9:40am
post #10 of 13
Rusty - thx for heads up to Ski Books review location
post #11 of 13
All-Mountain Skier by Mark Elling got me out of the "intermediate plateau". You are probably not there yet, but you will be (you will know it when you get there!),so, you might as well get a head start by acquiring this book.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Just ordered it. Thanks for the help.

post #13 of 13
just bought the SofaSkiSchool dvd and finished watching it, it is ok, pretty fundamental, don't think it worth the 30 dollar though.
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