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Harald Harb's Essentials of Skiing: The Fastest Way to Master the Slopes Paperback – January 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578263646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578263646
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harald Harb has made a lifelong study of skiing technique. Born in Austria, he raced the World Cup circuit with the Canadian National Ski Team. As a coach, Harb directed ski racing programs that produced some of the United States’ most successful National Team members and Olympic medalists. Creator of the bestselling Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier book and video series, lives near Denver, Colorado. Visit him on the internet at www.harbskisystems.com for instruction, ski camps, and more.

More About the Author

Greetings Skiers,
Latest News, Update: DVD video series of the book, "Harald Harb's Essentials of Skiing", is now available. Check my web site www.harbskisystems.com

Here is a short history about my skiing and teaching career.

I was born in the Austrian Alps and grew up in a skiing and outdoor alpine oriented family. I started skiing at 3 years old, began teaching skiing at 15, north of Montreal in the Laurentians. I started my racing career at 16 yrs old, earned two medals at the Canadian National Junior Championships, at 18 years old.

I raced in my first International World Cup race at 18, in 1968. Skied for Canada until 1971.

In the professional skiing ranks, I won "Overall Eastern Regional US Pro Championships", in 1973.

I began coaching in 1973, and was Head Coach, Stratton Mt School from 1975 to 1979. In 1979 I became Director and Founder Mt Washington Valley Educational Foundation, in North Conway, New Hampshire. In 1985 I moved to Alaska and became director and Head Coach of a school for skiers, and Director of the Alyeska Ski Race Program and formed the Alpine Alaska Program from 1986 to 1992.

I was selected for the US National Demonstration Team in 1992 and participated until 1996. Became the Director of the Performance Centers of Aspen, Colorado 1996-97.

I formed my own company in 1998, and have been President of Harb Ski Systems from 1998 to present.

I am the author of the 3 best selling ski books since 1997 ("Anyone can be an Expert Skier 1 and 2") and ("Harald Harb's Essentials of Skiing") to present. I am the inventor of the PMTS Direct Parallel ski teaching system, Harb Carvers and Ski Boot Canting plates.

I have a ski shop in Dumont, Colorado. In 2008, I produced a 3 DVD set of the latest PMTS teachings, which is a detailed step by step program of the successful "Essentials of Skiing" book. We ski and teach skiing almost year round, through our Harb Ski Systems ski camps. For any interested skiers, please visit my web site at Harb Ski Systems.

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These demos are best seen in the 3 DVDs mentioned below.
M. Finnell
The "essentials" outlined in this book are the true fundamentals of skiing and will benefit any level of skier wishing to master the sport.
Geoffrey C. Darst
This book presents clear and easy to understand technical skiing principles.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Finnell on January 27, 2010
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I'm an advanced skier, former PSIA Instructor, and think this is the very best book on alpine skiing using shaped skis (have accumulated some 19 ski books in my home library). Harald Harb backs up what he writes with superb demos of pertinent exercises on green and blue hills, and additional skiing footage on black/double black diamond slopes. These demos are best seen in the 3 DVDs mentioned below. Chocked full of great "how to" information, the ESSENTIALS book contains the salient points of skiing from Mr. Harb's 2 highly successful earlier works: ANYONE CAN BE AN EXPERT SKIER I and II. Mr. Harb begins where ski turns start - the feet - and works his way up the body's kinetic chain in an easily understandable way. DVD demos of the ESSENTIALS book are available for purchase (3 of them) separately: "Tipping", "Complete Upper Body", and "Flexing & Fore/Aft Balancing." Recommend acquiring these DVD's too, however, the book stands alone for enormous instructional value. Finally, if you're a never-ever skier, you might want to start with the "Expert Skier" books and their DVDs, mentioned above.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kremsdorf on February 9, 2010
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This volume is a reprinting of the book published in 2006, which has 25+ reviews.

If you want more perspectives on the book, go to the reviews for that edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toolman on January 31, 2011
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This is the best instructional manual on skiing I have ever read. A friend recommended it to me, and while I was initially skeptical, I ended up reading it, studying it, and even ordering the videos that Harold Harb produces. My skiing has improved dramatically...and you have to remember I have skiied for many, many years so this is even more surprising to me.

Can't go wrong with this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MGM on January 9, 2013
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I've been taking lessons from a ski resort that uses the Harb method. This book provides useful instructions on how to relearn how to ski the correct way. It definitely makes the lessons easier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey C. Darst on October 1, 2012
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You can see my full review under the 2006 version (this is just a reprint), but in my opinion, this is not only the finest ski instruction book ever written, it is the only book available that completely and accurately expresses how skiing actually works. Harald is an outstanding coach with a deeply nuanced understanding of the sport. The "essentials" outlined in this book are the true fundamentals of skiing and will benefit any level of skier wishing to master the sport.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom K on March 4, 2012
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I bought this book as it has good review and was referenced a lot. The book is great. However, it does not come with the DVD that I expected. Please be aware that there are different versions of the book and this one does not include DVD. In my opinion, the video is worth to see and it will help you understand the concept and exercise much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. Redmond on December 7, 2012
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THIS BOOK REPRESENTS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER I AND II BECAUSE THE DESCRIPTIONS OF MOVEMENTS AND EXERCISES HAS BEEN EXPANDED WITH ADDITIONAL DETAILED EXPLANATIONS.
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