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Athletic Skier [Paperback]

Warren Witherall
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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Soft Cover edition (1 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555661173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555661175
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Focuses on skiing equipment and techiques, stressing the effect of boots and bindings on balance.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for advanced skiers 20 Nov 2006
This is truly an amazing book. The numerous colour photos are inspirational, and the text is very well written. This is one of the few sports books I've ever read that will genuinly make you better just by reading it.

Negatives? I'm not sure I agree with all his boot fitting advice, but he's totally right on canting: until you've experimented with your canting angles your skis aren't set up right. Second, some people will feel initially (as I did) that this book is overly focussed on carving, and as well from a racing and on-piste perspective. But I've learnt (and you should too) that you need to put at least a little carve into every turn, and until then you're not skiing pistes, moguls or off-piste properly. (OK, if you always ski on powder you don't need to learn carving). As he points out, carving is the diffence between playing soccer on wet grass in running shoes or football boots.

In summary: buy this book. You'll learn a huge amount about skiing and you can show your non-skiing friends the lovely photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE definitive guide 3 Nov 1998
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If you buy only one book on skiing, this should be it. It is a joy to read, and re-read. Keep it on the coffee table at your ski condo and read any random chapter. You'll learn something.
Warren is the father of carving long before it became a fad. It is "how the racers ski" (which is also the name of his first book from the early 70's that is a classic).
The content if outstanding and the writing and presentation is equally as nice. Glossy pages, excellent photography.
I've given this book to more hard core skiers than I'd like to say.
The section on balance and alignment alone are worth the money. Buy it!
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The Athletic Skier takes a very unusal approach to ski instruction. It begins with the assumption that you cannot ski well if your boots are not fitted so that they are flat on the snow. It is so elementary, but so ignored in the world of ski instruction. It is also very difficult to accomplish, but worth the effort. Once you take the time to follow the authors' advice, your skiing will improve dramatically. Then if you work on carving the turns as they suggest, you'll realize another leap forward, part of which occurs just because you are standing on the skis correctly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cut your FIS points in half! 31 Mar 1998
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The idea of canting at the base of the boot and not the boot itself is pure genious!
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