Editors' Choice Books

Recommended Reading


Having a considerable library of books covering all things ski-related these are my picks of the current literature:

The All-mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing - R. Mark Elling

The All-mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing - R. Mark Elling
"Covers more information than a week's worth of private lessons." Ski magazine

The All-Mountain Skier takes you to the most difficult places on the mountain bumps, steeps, and trees and helps you conquer them. If you yearn for speed, gravity-defying jumps, or fluid grace on challenging terrain, here is your step-by-step guide to becoming an expert all-mountain skier.

This second edition contains all the information you need on the latest equipment including shaped skis, boots, bindings, and footbeds to perform like a pro on crud, hardpack, powder, and ice.

"Wow! This book can help you conquer the steeps of Valdez, the peaks of the Alps, the powder of Alta, and everything in between. A blizzard of information that will truly change the way you ski." Gordy Peifer, U.S. (2000) and Canadian (1998) Freeskiing Champion, ski film star.

Ski Snowboard Europe by Charles Leocha


Everything the Instructors Never Told You About Mogul Skiing by San DiPiro

Everything the Instructors Never Told You About Mogul Skiing by San DiPiro
The real mogul-skiing instruction you're looking for. Whether you want to ski gentle moguls with comfort and confidence, turn heads on your local mogul run, or compete in mogul contests, this book will give you the specialized techniques, you need to reach your goal. In this first-of-its-kind book, mogul-skiing competitor Dan DiPiro reveals techniques that have remained largely unknown and unaddressed, outside of competitive mogul-skiing circles. Most skiers try to ski moguls using only groomed-trail techniques, says DiPiro. But the bumps require a special set of techniques that have nothing to do with groomed-trail skiing. With an understanding of these special techniques, most fit, expert skiers can become good mogul skiers, and some can become excellent mogul skiers and even mogul competitors. For the aspiring mogul skier, this book is full of invaluable instruction. For the seasoned bumper, it's an ideal tune-up guide and a long-awaited affirmation. For all skiers interested in broadening their understanding of downhill skiing excellence, it's an original, eye-opening read.

The Essential Guide to Skiing: 201 Things Every Skier Must Know by Ron LeMaster


Fit to Ski and Snowboard by Rocky Snyder

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Author is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer with 13 years' experience. This work contains complete workout programs including flexibility, strength, endurance, and plyometric (quick muscle-reaction) training. It pays special attention to injury prevention and injury recovery. More than 90 exercises are demonstrated with numerous photos and easy-to-follow instructions.

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Temper


The New Guide to Skiing: Concise Edition by Martin Heckelman

The New Guide to Skiing: Concise Edition by Martin Heckelman
Packed with freeze-frame photographic sequences that demonstrate an instructor's skills, a practical guide offers tips on all aspects of the sport for skiers at any level. Original.

Ski North America: The Ultimate Travel Guide by David Holyoak

Ski North America: The Ultimate Travel Guide by David Holyoak
This fully illustrated guide to the top 40 ski and snowboard destinations in North America is a useful reference source for all keen skiers and snowboarders (whether a novice, improving beginner, intermediate, advanced or expert skier or rider). You can see what is being described with the help of the official trail maps for each ski area, over 350 photographs - all locally sourced and properly captioned and authoritative, in-depth reporting on the ski area.

Top 50 Ski & Snowboard Resorts in Europe 2006 by Pat Sharples

Top 50 Ski & Snowboard Resorts in Europe 2006 by Pat Sharples
This brand new guide is guaranteed to help you find your perfect resort. It contains the most up-to-date information on each resort including the pistes, off-piste/backcountry, parks, nightlife, hotels and restaurants. The authors travelled round each of the best resorts in Europe last season to make sure that all the information is accurate and so that they could objectively compare the resorts.

Pat Sharples is a professional skier, head of the British Freeski Camps and Oakley Ski Team Manager. Vanessa Webb is a travel writer and photographer.

No passionate skier or snowboarder should be without a copy of this book.

Snowboarding Skills: The Back to Basics Essentials for All Levels by Cindy Kleh

Snowboarding Skills: The Back to Basics Essentials for All Levels by Cindy Kleh
Offers an informative "how to" book for both novice and experienced snowboarders, complete with step-by-step lessons via action photo sequences, safety tips, and advice from the professionals.

Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier: The New Way to Ski: The New Way to Ski by Harald R. Harb

Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier: The New Way to Ski: The New Way to Ski by Harald R. Harb
In order to become an expert skiier, all you need is correct techniques and the proper equipment. Anyone can be an Expert Skier points you in the right direction on the techniques front and choose the correct equipment for your needs.

The book features Harald Harb's "Primary Movements Teaching System", a revolutionary system that should mean that whatever your current ability level, you learn expert technique and avoid the dead-end movements that keep you at the intermediate level. Harb is the industry leader in balance and alignment research. Here, he describes the latest developments. You'll learn to select boots and shaped skis to maximise your skiing performance, and you'll understand how equipment affects your ability to move and balance while skiing.

As well as a number of colour photographs, the book features handy tear-out, colour "Pocket Instructor" cards that you can take with you to the pistes.


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