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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493762737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493762736
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author’s note: Ken is a dedicated skiing enthusiast since 1972, now approaching 3,000 days on our two behemoth hills here at Whistler Blackcomb, our revered ‘backyard’. I learned to ski as an adult, with my understanding of ski technique deepening significantly in recent years while I transitioned from my career as a professional engineer to a post-retirement phase in ski instructing. The freshness of my learning and my ongoing quest to ski better, and to help others ski better, keeps me focused on the essence of what enables great skiing. My inspiration is the on-hill freedom gained through better skiing, and the joy that people express when they experience new levels in their skiing. Come ski with me! For more information go to skiwellsimply.com.


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Too technical for me. The book is much smaller than I expected (more like a child's size penguin book) and far too technical in language and in simple foot drawings which I find very hard to relate to; so much so that I have given it up...for now. Maybe I'll return to reading this book once the skiing season returns. I have purchased other books (some 2nd hand) which are better because they are written in layman's terms avoiding boring technical language. To give an example of the technical language I find hard to understand (and I am not thick by anyone's imagination): 'A is for Alignment. Alignment refers to the geometry of our stance, the relative arrangement of torso and limbs, and the angles of bend in our major joints, while we stand on our skis.' This type of language will probably suit many other people, but not for me unfortunately.
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There are many ski books out there and most contain snippets of useful information. Ski Well Simply is different in that it is packed with clear and useful ideas that distill the process.
It is a great tool for keen intermediates right through to expert skiers and to ski pros looking for clarity in their teaching.
I would recommend any serious skier to add this to their quiver.
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Review of : Ken Chaddock's- Ski Well Simply
By Al Whitney, Whistler, B.C.

This reviewer is a skier of some 60 years, lives in a ski resort and got 80 days on the slopes last year. A dozen of these days were with Ken Chaddock, the author of this great little book, Ski Well Simply. In skiing with Ken I recognize two things. He is a very good skier, he understands skiing, he experiments with his own skiing to make it better, and then, he uses careful language to analyze and describe what he does to ski, language born of his education as an engineer, which separates his work from many others.

A previous book of Ken's was entitled "How I Ski". The title reflected his view that he did not wish to argue with ski alliances, or other competent instructors about how they skied, but to really analyze just what it was that he did. That `Ski Well Simply' is new, reflects on the fact that Ken is still carefully thinking about what is important, not just in seeking the perfect turn, in skiing well in all sorts of snow and terrain, but also in describing what good skiers do.

There are websites and books on how to ski that either tell you that the proponents are doing something entirely new that the skier needs to master, or describe movements in a language that is so open to interpretation that the reader is unlikely to be able to move at all, or to change the moves they think they use.

The approach in this book is as promised. It is simple, yet it is accurate, and I think will lead its readers to better skiing. The language follows from the analysis that "the skis do the turning, you do the balancing". Not surprising then the rest of the book is about balance, alignment and contained torsion, what Ken refers to as `coiling'.
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A classic problem most skiers have is they have no idea how to ski better. Friends may give "helpful advice" but unless they are trained, the tips will most likely be of limited value. Even expert skiers often have issues that they are unaware of, and even if aware, don't know how to correct them. Taking ski lessons certainly helps, however, unless one signs up for a program that runs for most of the season, ski lessons usually focus on one or two issues. Very seldom does an instructor take a student though all of the points (stance, balance, body geometry, dynamics etc) required to ski well. A learner usually gets bits and pieces to the puzzle and does not gain a clear picture of the actions required to make dramatic improvements to their skiing.

Ken Chaddock's book, "Ski Well Simply" takes the reader through a complete turn, explaining in detail using simple easy to understand language what needs to be done at different stages of the turn. For example while discussing upper lower body separation (a fundamental key to superior skiing) Ken says the following...

"First, the `must do'. Ensure that the legs turn sooner than, and more than, the pelvis does during the turn. "...."the `must not do'. Avoid rotating the upper body into the direction of the turn"

"For example, if we anticipate our skis turning, and swing our upper body into that direction in order to `help' them turn, we actually reduce how effectively the skis grip and turn."

After stepping through the actions required to turn correctly, the book spends considerable time on practical take-to-the-hill tips. There is also excellent treatment on trouble shooting typical issues along with corrective suggestions and specific drills to address a problem.
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