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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for early Intermediate skier and a useful reminder for the advanced, 15 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Sofa Ski School - From Blue to Black Diamond [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
I bought this for a British friend who despite believing himself to be a "Ski God"(his words) and therefore in no need of further instruction was in severe danger of killing himself or someone else on some of the more challenging runs at my local ski resort, he has yet to watch it but I had a look before I sent it to him and I think it's a good and useful DVD. It is aimed at the early or plateauing intermediate skier who is comfortable on blue and easier reds but finds that it all starts to go wrong when things get challenging. I would not recommend it for a beginer as it assumes a certain level of knowledge and skill. Klaus is an engaging instructor and his premise is that all sking problems spring from three fundamental faults around positioning. The DVD is selectable so you can choose the bits you want and it is divided between Analysing your own faults and then a series of lessons and drills to help correct them. The instruction is good and clear and even for some one like me who skis a lot and an advanced skier it was a really useful pre-season check which I must admit I put to use on my first outing this season and as a result had an absolutely blinding day and some of the best blacks and steeps runs ever. I mention this only because even now after 30 years of Alpine Sking if I do have a few close ones it is usually because I haven't remembered to lean down the mountain enough, keep pushing forward, and to get the angulation right all of the time, these things are covered really well in the DVD. So recommended as a good solid basic tutorial that covers the very important fundimentals that you need to master before you can really improve and even for the more experienced skier it's a useful check on those bad habits we all pick up. On the down side if you are looking for some of the more advanced skills and tips you wont find them here and all the instruction and general skiing is done on very nice wide pistes that wouldn't challenge anyone with more than a couple of seasons under their belt. If you would like a preview btw there are some big chunks of this on You Tube
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