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Title:
Skiing for dummies
Author:
St. John, Allen.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"A Reference for the Rest of Us"--Cover.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780764551611
Format :
Book

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Summary

From bunny-hill beginners to mighty mogul masters, skiers of all levels will find Siding For Dummies the slickest run to fun on the slopes! Covers what to expect the first day out, plus tricks and jumping, a complete overview of gear and top ski spots, and more.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xxiv
Introductionp. 1
Why You Need This Bookp. 1
How This Book Is Organizedp. 2
Icons Used in This Bookp. 6
Part I Gearing Upp. 7
Chapter 1 Surviving the Rental Shopp. 9
Gearing Up for Your Debutp. 10
Bootsp. 10
Bindingsp. 10
Skisp. 11
Polesp. 11
Where Should You Rent?p. 11
What to Bring to the Rental Shopp. 12
The Best Time to Visit the Rental Shopp. 13
Getting Your Gearp. 13
Finding the right bootsp. 14
Finding your skisp. 15
Getting the right bindingsp. 16
Sizing up your polesp. 17
Chapter 2 Buying the Right Bootsp. 19
Parts of the Bootp. 20
The shellp. 21
The linerp. 22
Choosing the optionsp. 22
Boot Basicsp. 23
Picking the right type of bootp. 24
Hard or soft? Finding the right flexp. 25
The Role of the Bootfitterp. 25
Do They Fit?p. 26
Sizing the shellp. 27
The three excuses of bad bootfittersp. 28
Fixing Boots That Don't Fitp. 29
Solving common problemsp. 30
Insoles insightsp. 31
Where to Shopp. 32
Sporting goods storesp. 33
Ski chainsp. 33
Specialty shopsp. 34
Chapter 3 Buying the Right Skisp. 37
Beyond Boards: A Guide to Ski Basicsp. 38
A guided tour of a skip. 38
What are skis made of?p. 39
Shaped skis and the sidecut factorp. 40
Coming to termsp. 41
Just My Type: A Look at Ski Categoriesp. 42
What kind of skier are you?p. 42
Understanding ski categoriesp. 44
Buying Your Skisp. 49
Selecting the proper lengthp. 49
Demo daze: Testing before you buyp. 50
Seasons in the snow: When to buy gearp. 50
Bindingsp. 52
Is one binding safer than another?p. 54
Can bindings have an effect on how I ski?p. 54
DIN, DIN, DINp. 54
On the Polep. 55
Getting a gripp. 56
The shaft: Aluminum versus compositep. 56
Basket casesp. 57
The swing testp. 57
Tuning in, Tuning Up: The Ins and Outs of Ski Maintenancep. 57
Maintaining your skisp. 58
Getting your bindings testedp. 59
Storing your skisp. 59
Chapter 4 Skiwear: Dressing for Successp. 61
Layering: Three Easy Piecesp. 61
The Base Layerp. 62
The Insulation Layerp. 65
Fleecep. 65
Filled garmentsp. 67
Sweatersp. 67
The Shell Layerp. 69
The materialsp. 69
Jacketsp. 70
Pantsp. 72
Caring for Your Skiwearp. 76
Jackets and pantsp. 76
Fleecesp. 76
Base layersp. 77
Finding Your Stylep. 77
Backcountry chicp. 77
Racer chicp. 78
Neo-Retrop. 78
Post grungep. 79
High stylep. 81
Don't Be a Fashion Victimp. 81
Chapter 5 Accessorizing, Alpine Stylep. 83
Living a Glove Storyp. 83
Treating Your Feetp. 85
Sock it to yourselfp. 86
Throwing heat: Boot heatersp. 87
Boot dryersp. 88
Using Your Headp. 88
Capping it off: Finding the right ski hatsp. 88
Bundling up: Neck warmersp. 90
Protecting yourself with a helmetp. 90
Gogglesp. 90
Sunglassesp. 92
Hauling Your Stuffp. 92
Boot bagsp. 93
Ski bagsp. 93
Racking 'em upp. 94
Things You Don't Needp. 96
Part II Mastering the Mountainp. 99
Chapter 6 Your First Time on Skisp. 101
Planning Your Debutp. 102
Who to go withp. 102
What to bringp. 103
When to gop. 104
Where to gop. 105
How long to stayp. 105
Why go skiing?p. 106
First Things Firstp. 106
Enrolling in Ski Schoolp. 107
Why you should take a lessonp. 107
Off to schoolp. 108
Previewing Your First Lessonp. 109
Posture, posture: Standing up and looking aheadp. 111
I've fallen and I can't get upp. 112
I can't stopp. 115
Pole Positioning: Using Your Polesp. 115
The Learning Curvep. 116
Upward Mobility: Tackling the Rope Tow and Chairliftp. 117
Walkingp. 118
Rope towp. 118
Chairliftp. 118
Pacing Yourselfp. 120
Chapter 7 Getting the Most from Your Ski Lessonp. 121
Assessing Yourself as a Skierp. 121
First time on skisp. 122
Beginnerp. 122
Intermediatep. 123
Advancedp. 123
Why Lessons Are a Bargainp. 124
Which Lesson Is Right for Youp. 124
Group lessonsp. 125
Private lessonsp. 126
Clinicsp. 127
Campsp. 128
Getting the Most from a Lessonp. 130
Have a goalp. 130
Be flexiblep. 130
Really listenp. 131
Watch activelyp. 131
Don't be afraid to imitatep. 131
Ask questionsp. 131
Do your homeworkp. 131
Put in the mileagep. 132
Chapter 8 Improving Your Skiingp. 133
The Four Basic Skiing Skillsp. 133
Steering your skisp. 134
Getting on edgep. 134
Applying pressurep. 134
Keeping your balancep. 135
Ten Keys to Better Skiingp. 135
Finding your balance pointp. 135
Skiing with your feetp. 137
Edging effectivelyp. 137
Skiing on one footp. 138
Turning continuouslyp. 138
Controlling your speed by completing your turnsp. 139
Keeping your hands in frontp. 140
Developing a pole touchp. 141
Using the ski's shape to help you turnp. 144
Pointing the ski down the hillp. 144
The Mental Side of Skiingp. 144
Drills to free your mindp. 145
Fighting fearp. 147
Overcoming Different Snow Conditionsp. 148
Chapter 9 Different Strokes: Alternative Means of Slidingp. 149
Finding Your Nichep. 150
Ski Racingp. 150
Why ski racing is funp. 151
Why ski racing is good for youp. 151
Getting startedp. 151
Gear checkp. 151
Telemarkingp. 152
Why telemarking is funp. 152
Why telemarking is good for youp. 153
Getting startedp. 153
Gear checkp. 153
Skiboardsp. 153
Why skiboarding is funp. 154
Why skiboarding is good for youp. 155
Getting startedp. 155
Gear checkp. 155
Snowboardingp. 155
Why snowboarding is funp. 156
Why snowboarding is good for youp. 156
Getting startedp. 156
Gear checkp. 157
Powder Skiingp. 157
Why powder skiing is funp. 157
Why powder skiing is good for youp. 157
Getting startedp. 158
Gear checkp. 158
Chapter 10 Getting Around the Mountainp. 161
Finding Your Way around the Mountainp. 161
Reading a mapp. 162
Finding a home basep. 164
Reading the Grooming Reportp. 165
Using the Sun as a Guidep. 167
Following the sunp. 167
Avoiding the sunp. 167
Moving from Place to Placep. 167
Catwalksp. 168
The flatsp. 169
Avoiding the Crowdsp. 171
Dealing with the Weatherp. 172
A Spotter's Guide to Trail Hazardsp. 173
Finding Powderp. 173
Part III Staying Safe and Getting Fitp. 175
Chapter 11 Skiing Safelyp. 177
How Safe Is Skiing?p. 178
Skiing Responsiblyp. 179
Your Responsibility Codep. 179
Understanding trail designationsp. 180
Being a good Samaritanp. 182
Riding Ski Lifts Safelyp. 182
Co-existing with Snowboardersp. 183
Catching Airp. 184
Avalanche!p. 185
What causes an avalanche?p. 186
Minimizing avalanche dangerp. 186
Avoiding Knee Injuriesp. 187
Chapter 12 Keeping Healthy, Getting Fitp. 189
Skiing Smart to Avoid Injuryp. 189
Training for Skiingp. 190
Fitness trainingp. 191
Skill trainingp. 192
Stretching for Skiingp. 193
Fighting Sorenessp. 194
Skin Carep. 196
Protecting your skinp. 196
Protecting your eyesp. 197
Preventing frostbitep. 198
Hypothermiap. 199
The signsp. 200
Treating hypothermiap. 200
Altitude Sicknessp. 201
Preventing altitude sicknessp. 202
Treating altitude sicknessp. 202
Chapter 13 Skiing with Kidsp. 205
Family Fun: The Benefits of Skiing with Your Kidsp. 206
Knowing When Your Child Is Ready to Start Skiingp. 206
Physical developmentp. 207
Psychological developmentp. 208
The motivation factorp. 209
The fear factorp. 209
Gearing Your Kids Upp. 210
Small boots, tiny skisp. 210
Kids' clothing: Dressing for successp. 212
Helping Your Kids Learn to Skip. 213
Make it a positive experiencep. 214
Don't take a lesson with your kidp. 215
Pick the right kind of programp. 216
Helping Pre-Teens Enjoy Skiingp. 218
Pacing the Dayp. 218
Keeping Your Kids Safep. 220
When they're skiing too fastp. 220
Child safety on a ski liftp. 221
Part IV Getting Awayp. 223
Chapter 14 Planning a Perfect Day (Or Weekend) Tripp. 225
Getting Ready for a Day Tripp. 225
Picking Your Destinationp. 226
What kind of mountain?p. 226
How far?p. 227
How long?p. 227
Hitting the Roadp. 229
Packing the carp. 229
Driving in winterp. 231
Other Ways to Get There: Skiing by Mass Transitp. 233
Chapter 15 Planning Your Vacationp. 235
Deciding Where to Gop. 236
What type of skier are you?p. 236
Picking a Mountainp. 238
Big or small?p. 238
Kid friendly or adult centered?p. 240
An old town or a new resort?p. 240
By car or by air?p. 241
A baker's dozen of other questionsp. 241
Analyzing an area's infrastructurep. 241
Picking the Datep. 243
Holiday skiingp. 243
Spring skiingp. 244
Choosing Your Accommodationsp. 244
Hotelsp. 245
Condominiumsp. 245
Bed-and-breakfastsp. 246
Seasonal rentalsp. 246
Adding Variety to Your Vacationp. 247
Taking a detour to another resortp. 247
Planning a day off from skiingp. 247
Chapter 16 Skiing Through Airportsp. 249
Packing Properlyp. 250
Under the seat in front of you: Carrying your essentials on boardp. 250
Packing your skisp. 251
Fare Thee Well: Booking the Right Flightp. 252
Commit earlyp. 252
Fly earlyp. 252
Arrive earlyp. 253
Go directp. 254
Making Connectionsp. 254
Tight connectionsp. 254
Loose connectionsp. 255
Bumping backp. 256
Puddle Jumping: A Commuter Flight Primerp. 256
Heading Resortwardp. 257
Shuttle busesp. 257
Rental carsp. 258
Part V The Part of Tensp. 259
Chapter 17 Ten Skiing Slang Termsp. 261
Chapter 18 Ten Ways to Ski Freep. 263
Be youngp. 263
Be oldp. 263
Have a gimmickp. 263
Go to Crested Buttep. 264
Learn to skip. 264
Buy in bulkp. 264
Bring a friendp. 264
Ski a lotp. 264
Buy a season ticketp. 265
Volunteerp. 265
Chapter 19 Ten Things to Do When You're Not Skiingp. 267
Hot tubbingp. 267
Ice skatingp. 267
Boutiquingp. 268
Snowshoeingp. 268
Cross-country skiingp. 268
Dog sleddingp. 268
Snow tubingp. 269
Sleddingp. 269
Ski bikingp. 269
Outlettingp. 269
Chapter 20 Ten Ski Jocks You Should Knowp. 271
Stein Eriksenp. 271
Billy Kiddp. 271
Jean-Claude Killyp. 272
Franz Klammerp. 272
Phil and Steve Mahrep. 272
Tamara McKinneyp. 273
Jonny Moseleyp. 273
Picabo Streetp. 274
Alberto Tombap. 274
Donna Weinbrechtp. 275
Part VI Appendixesp. 277
Appendix A The Top Ski Areas in North Americap. 279
Far Westp. 279
Intermountainp. 281
Mid-Atlanticp. 283
Midwestp. 284
New Englandp. 285
Rocky Mountainp. 288
Canadap. 290
Europep. 291
Appendix B Ski Areas in the United Statesp. 293
Appendix C Skiing Glossaryp. 313
Indexp. 319
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