- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Mountain Sports Pr (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971774838
- ISBN-13: 978-0971774834
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,101,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #287 in Snow Skiing
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Ski the Whole Mountain: How to Ski Any Condition at Any Time Paperback – October 1, 2002
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It is not, however, crafted with the depth, care, or style as 'Backcountry Skiing,' and so remains somewhat a glib introduction to real mountain scenarios (avalanche study, winter mountaineering, etc). The occasional boxes advertising various resorts and their luxurious amenities gives it a bit of a playboy feel -- perhaps the Brothers have lost sight of their lesser brethren that will be sleeping in parking lots and trailheads in beat up campers to attack the same mountains. This space would have been better used with the more exercises for the advanced skier -- most of those provided, as in the appendix, are old techniques one could have learned in the 80's -- useful, but not new, and mostly for the intermediate skier.
Nonetheless, though not done with enough care and labor to become a classic, it is definitely useful for the skier aspiring to ski the big stuff.
If you are an advanced skier or ski teaching professional this is a must have book.
I've previously gave this book a low rating, but have now changed it because I realize this is a really good book for expert skiers. I have not tried the powder techniques because there is no powder where I am, but the crud techniques are very useful. There is no doubt the authors spend a lot of time on steeps because this is the biggest and most comprehensive section of the book. The worst section is the one on moguls because it is very short and does not provide sufficient information to rip them like a pro. Another book, "The All-Mountain Skier", provides the best mogul section I've seen so far. The air techniques are great and provide good fundamentals for anyone going to the terrain park. There is even a section on cross-country skiing for anyone interested in starting. The photos in this book will probably be the best you will ever see and they are full-color. The skiers photographed in this book are emulatable (unlike the skiers photographed in "The All-Mountain Skier"). Check out "The Skier's Edge" for b/w photos of pro-skiers. It's ashame there is no one book with all the necessary information to improve your skiing. But getting all three books will come close to such an imaginary book.
It is amazing that world famous extreme skiers can actually write coherently. (Was it ghostwritten?) Unlike the current crop of freeskiers, the bros. D. must have gotten a little education before opting for the skier's life.