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Dino Haak

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Best How To Ski Books & Ski Books

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Choosing the right book on skiing is not a simple task. There are a multitude of books on the market ranging from the purely instructional to the encyclopedic. In this review, I focus only on those books that incorporate enough instructional material to help improve the skiing of both the beginner and advanced skier. While some of the books below focus mainly on teaching technique, others venture into various subjects associated with the sport of skiing.

Since the arrival of shaped skis in 1993, skiing has changed not only when it comes to gear but also in the way that it is taught. While some older books still offer helpful advice and useable progressions, I made sure that the books reviewed reference the new shaped skis as well as the technique of “carving” that they are associated with.

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Best Ski Books by Dino Haak

The Best You Can Get

  • The Essential Guide to Skiing: 201 Things Every Skier Must Know

    Dino says: This is really a wonderful, full-featured and practical reference book on all things skiing. It covers literally e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g from teaching you the actual skiing techniques to accessories information to lift-line etiquette to money saving strategies to get lift tickets to how to photograph skiers in action and then some.

    It provides authoritative advice on every aspect of the sport. Every possible skiing technique finds itself in a short, summarized, well-written paragraph or page.

    The book features lots of black and white pictures, as well as some sequenced photographs in its skiing technique section.

    • by Ron Lemaster
    • Offers a little bit of everything that has to do with skiing
    • Short yet detailed summarizations
    • Paperback: 256 pages
    • Published in 2004
  • All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing

    Dino says: This book definitely has the encyclopedic vibe of a technique reference book and takes a detailed look at skiing techniques and offers tips on improving your skills in all kinds of terrain, in any condition. The All Mountain Skier goes beyond simply teaching to how to survive the slopes while looking good and administering the appropriate techniques. This book also introduces the aspiring ski bum to the world of waxing, tuning, and general ski maintenance.

    Although it does have a detailed section on basic skills, the book quickly moves to and focuses on the intermediate and advanced all-mountain skier who is ready to stray off the corduroy.

    It also offers a healthy amount of black and white illustrations and photographs.

    • by R. Mark Elling
    • Very detailed step-by-step instructional guide geared for the intermediate to advanced all mountain skier
    • Focused on teaching the appropriate technique for every condition, yet offers helpful tips on gear and gear maintenance
    • Paperback: 240 pages
    • Published in 2002
  • The New Guide to Skiing: A Step-by-Step Guide in Color, Revised Edition

    Dino says: This is a very colorful book with plenty of photographs and illustrations. It is definitely geared to the visually oriented learner. The New Guide to Skiing provides clearly written and short, bullet-pointed paragraphs discussing the sequenced photographs of demonstrated skiing techniques. This book is loaded with techniques, tips, and tricks straight from the expert to you.

    The New Guide to Skiing thoroughly covers everything from the beginners turn to advanced techniques such as carving, bump, and powder skiing.

    • by Martin Heckelman; published in 2000
    • Extremely detailed, illustrated step-by-step technique demonstrations
    • Over 300 color photographs
    • Primarily focuses on teaching skiing techniques
    • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Breakthrough on Skis: How to Get out of the Intermediate Rut - A Private Lesson

    Dino says: Even though Tejada-Flores’ book is from an older date, it incorporates all the basics a good “learn-how-to” book should provide. What I really liked about the approach of this book is that it does not just tell you the facts but really spends time explaining just “how” everything works.

    Taking a more linguistic/verbal approach, the book reads more like a novel than an instruction manual, and it gives you the feeling as if you are actually participating in a lesson. Tejada-Flores’ instructions and explanations are clear and simple. This book is definitely a fun, informative read written by someone who has been there and done it.

    • by Lito Tejada-Flores; published in 2001
    • Covers everything all the way from basic skiing principles to bump and carving techniques
    • Ideal for the beginning to intermediate skier
    • Focuses more on text, less on illustrations and photos
    • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier 1 and Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier 2

    Dino says: I decided to list these two books of a series as one book, since the second book is a direct continuation of the first. Harald Harb teaches what he calls the “primary movement technique” and really focuses on the efficiency of skiing. A very good approach in my opinion though his exercises and techniques differ from the traditional skiing progressions. The terminology he uses is also unique.

    This is a great combo of books which are, in my opinion, a definite “must-read”. These two will greatly complement any traditional book on skiing you may already own, because they are taking a different approach.

    • by Harald Harb; published in 2004
    • Each book includes a bonus DVD
    • This series covers everything from the beginner to the advanced skier
    • Each chapter provides sequenced illustrations of the techniques that are taught
    • Book I: 224 pages; Book II: 208 pages

You will be happy with any of these

  • Essentials of Skiing (includes free DVD)

    Dino says: In some ways a summary and a simpler version of the more detailed books I and II of the Anyone Can Be An Expert Skier series, Essentials of Skiing makes a great bargain. Even if you already own the above mentioned two books, you will still gets lots out of this one as it offers additional new material. Also, the style of presentation, i.e. explanations and diagrams, are updated and slightly different.

    This book oozes with information and drills of fine tuning your skills no matter what level skier you are. And remember: It comes with a DVD! If you could put one book in your boot-bag to read in between runs, this is the one.

    • by Harald Harb
    • Published in 2006
    • Very clear descriptions illustrated detailed photos
    • Includes instructional CD
    • Paperback: 202 pages
  • The Essential Guide to Skiing: 201 Things Every Skier Must Know

    Dino says: I find the Essential Guide to Skiing a great value because it provides both the aspiring and the accomplished skier with a wealth of knowledge on all things slopes and beyond. This book will nicely complement all other ski books while being able to stand its own in every category it offers. A great source of reference!

    • by Ron Lemaster
    • Published in 2004
    • Great all-round encyclopedia covering everything imaginable that has to do with skiing
    • Great buy that will be a source of knowledge through all ski levels
  • Everything the Instructors Never Told You About Mogul Skiing

    Dino says: Finally somebody demystifies the bumps in a clear, easily understandable way that even beginning and intermediate skiers can benefit from. I live for the moguls (among a few other things)… and standing at the top of a nice bump slope on a sunny day, doing some final stretching in preparation for the ride certainly does make me extremely happy. So did reading Dan DiPiro’s book on mogul skiing. True, this book is written for the advanced skier, and the mogul skiing technique does differ from what is done on the groomed slopes, but DiPiro teaches basic drills and skills that can be used on all types of slopes by skiers of all ability levels.

    The book includes many tips on such things as posture, basic body position, focus, ski/snow contact, etc. that this book is a wealth of information for all skiers. And it can be purchased at a very reasonable price, and at the time of writing this review, seems to be available in most stores.

    • by Dan DiPiro
    • Published in 2005
    • 89 pages of invaluable information on mogul skiing written by a bump master
    • Easy straight-forward read, clearly written
    • Instructions are illustrated by black and white pictures
  • The Skier's Edge (Paperback)

    Dino says: Although it’s now ten years old, The Skier’s Edge by Ron LeMaster will be a valuable asset to your ski book library. In this very well written book, LeMaster really delves into the mechanical principles of the sport, making it the ideal companion for analytical learners. Visual learners won’t be disappointed either as they will find excellent sequential black and white photographs and illustrations showing every step of a given technique. He also does a superb job of describing what skiers need to do to improve their technique, as well as what they should “feel” while doing it, using spot-on analogies to deliver the point. LeMaster doesn’t just list the steps to mastering technique, he provides a detailed analysis of “why” particular drills are done. All in all a highly informative read no matter what level skier you are.

    • by Ron Lemaster
    • Published in 1998
    • Highly analytical and technical book, yet an easy read
    • Focuses on the mechanical principles of the sport
    • Detailed sequenced photographs and illustrations

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