May 07, 2006

The Skier's Edge - Ron LeMaster

As part of my preparation for my BASI course in Argentina in August I'm reading the BASI manuals and also the items on the recommended reading list. One of these, The Skier's Edge, by Ron LeMaster is fascinating for someone like me who's a real technical geek at heart. The book focuses on discussing the physics and bio-mechanics of skiing and, in particular, how what you do on the skis works with, or against (!), the natural behaviour of the ski due to its shape, stiffness, etc.

I'm around half way through and full of it's great stuff that's really useful to understand; little things such as why the tails of your skis might "wash out" and skid at the end of a carved turn (and more importantly, what to do to fix it!). There's lots of talk on "initial steering angles" and how to take control of the radius and line that you ski rather than simply riding the skis natural radius. Some of it's pretty obvious but lots of it is less so and much is the kind of information that would take a long time to work out through trial and error alone. Lots of the examples and pictures show how racers use these techniques but they're the kind of thing that everyone can get value from understanding.

Highly recommended.

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Posted by Len at May 7, 2006 10:19 AM | Categories: Argentina 06 , Books
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