How the Racers Ski

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1988 - Sports & Recreation - 214 pages
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How the Racers Ski is a landmark book in the advance of ski-teaching methodology. It provides competitive skiers with a guide to modern racing technique and offers recreational skiers a more natural and efficient way to ski than is usually taught at ski schools. It focuses on the fundamentals that international-class skiers strive for: optimum balance, economy of motion, and use of the characteristics of their skis to create turning forces. The author has added new material for this paperback edition, discussing significant recent changes in equipment and what changes in fitting, stance, and technique the skier must make to use them most efficiently. This edition also includes a new introduction by Doug Smith, managing editor of theJournal of Professional Ski Coaching and Instruction.
 

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There are few classic works dedicated to skiing, and this is one of them. The information presented by Witherwell in 1972 is still relevant today. Every serious skier should have a copy.

Contents

YOUR SKIS
11
Chapter 1How Do I Look Coach?
13
Chapter 2The Ski Is a Tool
15
Chapter 3The Design of Modern Skis
19
Chapter 4The Results of Ski Design What a Ski Will Do
28
Chapter 5Controlling the Ski
34
Chapter 6The Carved Turn
46
Chapter 7But When Do I Skid?
51
Chapter 11Wedges and Balance
87
Chapter 12The Function of Your Upper Body in Most Ski Turns
90
PART HI PHYSICS AND SKIING Chapter 13Efficiency
95
Chapter 14Two Laws from Newton
97
Chapter 15On Sitting Back
101
Chapter 16A New Curriculum
109
EQUIPMENT
119
ESPECIALLY FOR RACERS
143

Aid to Precision Ski Control
56
PART U YOUR BODY Preface to Part II
71
Chapter 9Maintaining Good Balance
72
Boots and Heel Lifts
80
ESPECIALLY FOR COACHES
195
PERSPECTIVE 1988
207
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