A year or so ago I picked up a couple of learn to ski and learn to snowboard dvds while browsing in the Park City Dolly’s Bookstore. I first only purchased the Snowboard dvd since I already knew how to ski, but then went back a couple of days later to pick up the skiing version because the snowboard one was so great. I figured the skiing dvd could be helpful too since I may have picked up some bad habits over the years and a refresher course would not hurt, plus the dvd goes beyond basics and covers some advanced techniques too.
The titles of the dvds are Go Snowboard and Go Ski by Neil McNab and Warren Smith, respectively. They are actually guide books that integrate video instruction along with written tips and illustrations. I like it because I can always refer to the book as a quick reminder without having to play the dvd. The back of the book reads, “Instructor, technical guide, and starter kit – all in one groundbreaking package. Integrated live-action DVD demontrates essential techinques – from basic turns to freeriding and aerials (snowboarding dvd) and carving, steeps, moguls, freeskiing and freestyle (skiing dvd).
Both dvds covers the very basic – from equipment, clothing, how to get on and off a lift, stance, etc. to how to make turns, stop (essential!) and more advanced techniques like riding powder, freestyle tricks and freeriding. Both dvds have given me some great tips and have improved my skiing and riding skills. It’s not like I sit down and watch these every time I go to the slopes, but they are nice to have around for review. What has been even better is that when we have visitors who are first-time or beginner skiers or snowboards, we have them watch these as their preliminary skiing and/or snowboarding lesson before their first day at the ski resort. Now don’t get me wrong, these are not meant to replace a regular ski or snowboard lesson, but are a nice, helpful supplement and really nearly any level skier or rider would benefit from watching.
Review of Go Snowboard DVD
“The only snowboard source I’ve found that actually helped me “get” the movements and balance needed to control the board. On the actual snow, I could somewhat reproduce what I had seen in the excellent, well focused video. I’m not a particularly athletic person or fast physical learner, but I feel this book helped me learn faster than I would have otherwise.” -F. Webb
Review of Go Skiing DVD
“As a certified ski instructor, I read almost every ski book out there and I have to say this is the best ski book I ever come across. The reason I say this is because 1) It is one of very few ski instructional texts that teaches modern ski technique – this is technique that fully utilizes the latest in ski equipment technology 2) It is very well-written and concise….”(more of the review at Amazon) -Dasnowman NY
So check these dvds out, practice in your living room (I have just learning how to transfer weight for turns) or in your backyard (done that too down the backyard hill) or the local park hill and then when you get to your favorite Park City Ski Resort you’ll be a little more prepared for your real lesson and can get more from your instructors.