Synopses & Reviews
Cross-country expertise . . . easily
Glide into an invigorating sport with this guide from true experts who show you how to have fun from your first day out and coach you all the way through the advanced skills you'd like to learn. No ordinary manual, The Essential Cross-Country Skier brings together the combined expertise of one of the country's top cross-country skiing instructors; a two-time Olympic biathlete and former Dartmouth skiing coach; and one of the sport's foremost professional writers.
This all-star team has created one of the most engaging, clear, and potent learning tools ever published for beginning and intermediate skiers. This unique, carefully illustrated guide gives you the information you need to get started: choosing the right skis, boots, and poles; where to find the best trails; what to wear for comfort and warmth; plus tips on safety.
And, if you're already familiar with nordic skiing, the book shows you how to improve your style and your conditioning; master the subtleties of waxing and ski maintenance; and enjoy new skills including ski skating, telemarking, ski racing, and backcountry touring.
This comprehensive introduction to cross-country skiing is designed to get the reader out of the chair and onto the slopes in the first three chapters. Once out on the trail, the authors take up the finer points of technique and training, showing how it should be done with numerous photo sequences of techniques and top-notch, detailed illustrations. The book covers: training for weekend warriors; waxing basics, and waxed vs. no-wax skis; cross-country ski vacations; and advanced skills - telemark, ski touring, ski mountaineering. This highly readable guide also covers emergency preparedness, gear, and dealing with those aches and pains-in short, everything you need to enjoy cross-country skiing for the first or the thirty-first time.
About the Author
Paul Petersen is a competitive cross-country and telemark skier, renowned ski instructor and ski writer, and architect-owner of one of the largest cross-country trail systems in the country, located in Bear Valley, California. On the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Demonstration Team for 12 years, he trained ski instructors around the world, serving as the team's coach his last four years.Richard A. Lovett is a full-time professional writer and avid weekend cross-country skier who ski backpacks and competes in ski marathons. The author of The Essential Touring Cyclist, he is a former law professor who also holds a Ph.D. in economics.John Morton, a two-time Olympic competitor, was also the U.S. Biathlon Team Leader at the Winter Olympic Games in 1988, 1992, and 1994. Head coach of men's skiing at Dartmouth College for 11 years, he now races competitively as one of the country's top-ranked Masters competitors.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Cross-Country Skiing 101: Getting Started
1. Enjoying the Winter Environment
2. First Strides
3. Beyond the Basics
4. Dressing for Success
5. What Skis to Buy?
6. Adding Adventure to Your Skiing
Part 2 Cross-Country Skiing 201: Expanding Your Skills
7. Ski Skating
8. Telemark Skiing
9. Backcountry Skiing
10. Emergency Preparedness
11. Training and Racing, by John Morton
12. Waxing and Ski Maintenance
Appendix: U.S. and Canadian Cross-Country Ski Areas