I started to ski five years ago at the age of 46 when my wife, an avid accomplished skier, insisted. After numerous group and private lessons, I was probably a 5 on the standard 10 scale. It was discouraging. Then, I discovered Lito's books, tapes and lessons. Now, I'm a 9 on a 10 scale able to easily ski on all but difficult black diamond bumps. Everything else is a breeze and fun. Better skiing is not harder, it's just different. Lito's book takes you step by step, stage by stage, one phase at a time. It's so simple it's remarkable that no other book has come close. For example, since skiing generally requires all your weight on one foot at a time, which foot is it? Most people, even accomplished skiers, answer either the uphill or downhill ski. This answer is both right and wrong. As Lito explains, it is the outside ski which could be uphill at one point and downhill at another point. Next, he explains how and why shifting weight to the other ski must be...
This book is copyright 1986. It is about 30 years old as of this writing.
I will grant that I learnt a lot from reading this book. Lito made me more aware of some of the fundamental movements of skiing, but I felt like something was missing. The most difficult slopes still seemed to require something that I was missing. I'm talking about the slopes that have knee-high bumps, trees, big rocks, and chair-lift poles all on one trail with seemingly tiny space in between. On such slopes, try as I may to follow Lito's advice, I struggled, tumbled, and feared for my safety.
Let me point out that Lito wrote in this book that skis had improved incredibly in the years before the writing of the book. I imagined that skis must have continued to improve afterwards, and I was right!
Yesterday, I visited a ski resort where I have a season pass, and an hour before closing time, I noticed that they had set up a kiosk for a promotion: a free one-run ski lesson. I...
I am a 29 yr old non-athlete, who started skiing last year and could only go upto the wedgie turns level down the green slopes. Thank heavens I found this book and bought one copy. After reading three chapters, I hit the slopes, pushed myself to moderate and difficult blue slopes. Oh boy! I couldn't believe the way I was skiing. I couldn't conceal the wide grin on my face as I was making those smooth parallel S turns. I never believed one could learn skiing by reading a book. This book works, delivers everything it promises. Thanks Lito, for teaching me how to ski.
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