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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; Original edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736079599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736079594
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ron LeMaster has spent more than 25 years as a ski instructor and race coach. Currently an instructor, trainer and lecturer at the Vail/Beaver Creek Ski School, he has also taught at the Aspen Ski School and coached with the Aspen Ski Club and the University of Colorado. Certified and accredited by the Professional Ski Instructors of America, LeMaster has spent much of the past six years lecturing at ski schools in the Colorado Rockies on the topic of ski technique and biomechanics. A frequent contributor to skiing magazines, he coauthored a 16-page article on ski technique for Snow Country's best-selling issue. He has also written technical literature for the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Hendry on 3 April 2010
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If you are looking for an understanding of skiing and the forces and techniques involved then this really is required reading. This is an update of "The Skiers Edge" with more recent skier analysis and colour photography. Much of the content is the based on the previous book with some additional chapters added on. The stop frame picture sets and the clarity of descriptions make this book stand out from other technical ski literature.
All ski professionals should read and study this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ade on 17 April 2012
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Once in while a definitive reference book comes along and sits as the default text in a collection. Ultimate Skiing is such a book. It's not an ABC learn to ski book. It's a book for skiers who are serious about understanding the sport and seeking autonomy in their own progress.

It looks at the technical fundamentals of skiing covering such topics as; the phyics of the sport, why and how do skis turn; lateral balnce; fore and afte balance; edging etc. etc. There is a useful section on boot fitting and the book closes with chapters about the tactical and technical aspects of skiing in challenging conditions e.g. bumps, powder, crud, ice and steeps. There are occasional insights into the techniques of some of the world's greatest skiers and the photomontages throughout the book are helpful and clear.

All in this is an outstanding comprehensive ski book and should form part of the library for any keen recreational skier or instructor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on 13 Mar. 2015
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Bought as a Christmas present for my husband who is a professional athletics coach and a perfectionist when it comes to technique analysis in any sport. It turns out it's been one of the best presents I've ever got him because not only did he read it when I first gave it to him, but he still throws it into his bag whenever he is packing to go skiing and often dips into it in the hotel room in the evenings. ... believe me, that means it's a REALLY GOOD book. I can think of plenty of sports technique books which, let's just politely say, he has considerably less respect for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Newski on 22 April 2010
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Bought this book to help with unpacking the physics of ski-ing - it does that exceptionally well! The subject is well explained with sound case-studies and easy reading style. As a relatively new skier, I found this book very useful! If you want to read about the science of ski-ing and thereby improve your understanding of why your ski's behave the way they do, then this book would be difficult to better. I'm from a scientific background and the sums and science seem to support the author's analysis of ski-ing dynamics! Great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Allsop on 22 May 2013
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This is not a light and easy read - concentration required, but it gives a fascinating insight into why and how to to it and how to make it better and improve your performance. Great tips and practical advice.
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I was very impressed by this book, it is very methodical, detailed and well explained. It also has detailed photographs that fit into the text very well to illustrate what the author is explaining. In the preface the author says that every great tutor understands the physics of their sport and for the most part an avid skier is their own coach. As an avid skier I couldn't agree more and by reading this book I now have a greater understanding not only of the physics, but also what I am trying to achieve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Osborne on 3 Jan. 2013
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I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to ski at a high level. I am a BASI L3 Instructor so can already ski to a fairly high level.
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Too technical for me. I like the presentation and multi-shutter photos, but have to use my imagination to see what I'm supposed to see in them. The book is also very heavy - bear this in mind if packing to take with you! Overall, might be great for teachers or experts, but not practical enough for me as an intermediate.
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