Philpug

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@EllenPost is a member here and will have an article this coming week. Let me ping here to let he know she is being talked about.
 

LiquidFeet

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I want someone sponsored by PSIA to write a book for the general public (and for the PSIA membership) about how to ski. If PSIA published it, and sold it in bookstores and on Amazon, PSIA could get some money from its sale. I'm sure the organization would love a new source of $$.

It would be great if the book had line drawings that are like the ones in Gamma's book. That format rocks for clarity. Below is a page from my copy of Gamma's Handbook of Skiing.

It would also be great if the certification skiing exams referenced pages in the book in their study guides. As things change over time, the book could be revised and republished to reflect changing trends in ski technique and changes in gear.

@EllenPost could write it! Her technical writing is exceptionally clear. I hope she reads this thread and comments on the possibility of such a book.

Here's a sample showing how well line drawings communicate. They are far superior to photographs. With clear descriptions and simple line drawings done from videos, the book would be a winner.

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EllenPost

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@EllenPost is a member here and will have an article this coming week. Let me ping here to let he know she is being talked about.
Phil, thank you for letting me know there's conversation about Skiing and the Art of Carving, first published in 1996. In the past 5 years, I've co-authored instructional manuals for PSIA-AASI that are also available for the general public (Alpine Technical Manual and Teaching Snowsports Manual). Writing a how-to-ski book is a massive project that requires a tremendous amount of time. Now, my time is filled with leading clinics, mentoring trainers, and developing curriculum for the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School. I'm also involved with projects for PSIA-AASI. Thank you for the kind words about my book. Although it was written over 20 years ago, there's plenty of information that is timeless!
 

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@EllenPost, is it possible to build interest in PSIA writing and publishing such a book? Would there be anyone at the national level interested in looking into doing this?
 

SpauldingSmails

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I was hooked on skiing, then what?
We moved to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
 

SpauldingSmails

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I have 4 copies of that book. If someone is interested, give me a shout.
The co-Author is Mike Porter.
I will be seeing Ellen and Mike in Colorado in a few weeks.
I just bought a copy online. Thanks for the recommendation!
 

jt10000

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Lot of helpful info here - thanks all. But this really annoys me:
Don't let uncomfortable or shady lodging options (including 1-star motels or even camping in a tent)
Maybe for you. For some of us, shady lodging means scary. I have to feel safe where I'm staying. And insofar as I'm trying to get family to get into skiing too, decent lodging is important. Plus, sleeping uncomfortably the night before an athletic endeavor seems unwise to me. YMMV.
And if they do hold you back, then reconsider whether skiing is really the best use of your time, instead of flying to Hawaii to eat BBQ and sip cocktails or something.)
Whatever.
 

Tony Storaro

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Don't let uncomfortable or shady lodging options (including 1-star motels or even camping in a tent) or suboptimal gear or shitty snow conditions hold you back. (And if they do hold you back, then reconsider whether skiing is really the best use of your time, instead of flying to Hawaii to eat BBQ and sip cocktails or something.)
That depends mate.
10-15 years ago I'd wholeheartedly agree with you, as when younger and without too much responsibilities the only thing that matters is to satisfy the burning desire to practice what you love-be it skiing, fishing (especially fishing), cycling or whatever. I'd sleep in a tent, in a sleeping bag without a tent, in a car, or not sleep at all, just to be close to the water.

But that changes with time, your perception changes. My love for fishing and skiing and cycling is just as strong as it was in the past, but now I prefer to do it in more....grown up way-nice lodging does not hurt. :):)
 

mikes781

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The cost of skiing can certainly be a barrier especially when it includes a family. I like @Tony Storaro spent a lot of time in my 20s and early 30s fishing up and down the east coast of the US sleeping in my truck, tent or the cheapest hotels i could find. If I was skiing I probably would have done the same. It was a matter of getting out whenever I could with limited funds. Honestly if I’m skiing solo now I still wouldn’t be particular about where I’d sleep as long as it is clean (ish). :) Now with my girls on trips it’s a different story. If my wife who doesn’t ski tags along there is the need for more amenities to keep her entertained. Starts to add up before you even get to the slopes. For those with kids see if you local areas have any discount programs or keep an eye out for discounted tickets early in the season.

@jt10000 not sure how old your kids are or if you ski PA but SkiPA offers a 4th and 5th grade ski pass for about $35. That gets them 3 lift tickets to each resort in PA along with a lesson and rentals. My home mountain Blue also has discounted 3 packs that normally go on sale in the Fall. Comes out to about 1/2 the window price.
 

Popeye Cahn

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So now I'm hooked and spend inordinate amounts of time kibitzing about gear choices and future trips :roflmao:

An excellent primer and it done showed me that I ain't the dumbest rock in the box of hammers :ogbiggrin:

Seriously though, I hope the 20/21 season is a reality. I plan on maximizing my efforts from this past season (and just say no to dodgy lodging but if your stuck with it make the best of it ;-) )
 

jt10000

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@jt10000 not sure how old your kids are or if you ski PA but SkiPA offers a 4th and 5th grade ski pass for about $35. That gets them 3 lift tickets to each resort in PA along with a lesson and rentals. My home mountain Blue also has discounted 3 packs that normally go on sale in the Fall. Comes out to about 1/2 the window price.
Thanks - that'll be good for my boy in a few years. We ski at Shawnee a bit.
 

locknload

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A lot of great info. Skim it..come back to it when you need it, however, go get some good boots and just get out there and rip it and have fun. You can spend hours consuming info but getting time on the snow and in the snow is where its at. You'll figure out all the details as you keep having more and getting better.
 
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