Ski Skills

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-06
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
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How to improve technique and prepare for the ski season. Downhill skiing, especially high alpine and backcountry skiing, is a popular recreational activity in North America. This book is the ideal guide for any intermediate skier wanting to take the sport to the next level. Ski Skills is packed with vibrant color photographs of skiers in action, and clear illustrations give useful analysis to help improve technique and form. The book begins with a thorough explanation of the "three pillars of skiing": physical condition, balance and technique. A discussion of the new philosophy of skiing includes a comparison of traditional skis and carving skis and the recommended "rules" to follow when choosing equipment. A comprehensive technique section includes a thorough analysis of ski turns that shows and explains the anatomy of a turn -- including the role of the skis, legs, knees, hips, upper body, arms, ski poles and body weight -- the types of turns, and the phases and elements of a turn. Ski Skills also includes: Tips on how to maintain balance Advice on purchasing equipment How to avoid mistakes How to identify and correct old habits Planning a ski trip Skiing for pleasure. Ski Skills will find a welcome audience among intermediate skiers who want to improve their skills and enjoy this exhilarating sport at their highest potential.

Author Biography

Andrzej Peszek has been o ski instructor for over twenty years.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 6
The three essentials of skiingp. 11
Physical fitnessp. 12
Balancep. 42
Techniquep. 58
New-style skiing - carving turnsp. 61
All about skisp. 69
Your experiencep. 70
Your genderp. 71
The type of skiing you'll be doingp. 72
Specific features of skisp. 74
Selecting your skisp. 79
The anatomy of a turnp. 83
Types of turnp. 87
Phases of the turnp. 98
Elements of the turnp. 112
Counteracting mistakes and bad habitsp. 135
Dominance of the outside skip. 136
Leaning forwardp. 137
Controlling your armsp. 138
Bending sideways at the hipp. 140
Our perceptions vs realityp. 141
The fun of skiingp. 143
Facts and fiction about skiing injuriesp. 147
Indexp. 158
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