Skiing and Winter Sports
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Skiing
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Skiing
Paperback      ISBN: 002861965x

A step-by-step guide to mastering the art of skiing for the beginner. The book also considers other winter sports such as snowboarding, and gives tips on planning family skiing trips, and working out the geography of the slopes.

Conditioning for Figure Skating: Off-Ice Techniques for On-Ice Performance
Conditioning for Figure Skating
Off-Ice Techniques for On-Ice Performance
Paperback      ISBN: 157028220x

To be the best on the rink, skaters must spend endless hours strengthening and conditioning their bodies off the ice to build strength for the rigors of their performances. Illustrative and technical, yet user-friendly, Conditioning for Figure Skating provides detailed coverage of the physical preparation necessary for Preliminary through Senior-Elite skaters while concentrating on all disciplines of figure skating, including singles, pairs, and ice dance. More than 300 photos illustrate proper warm-up drills, flexibility stretches, cooldown routines, strength training exercises, jump and plyometric training programs, and endurance conditioning exercises for on-ice injury prevention. A periodization plan also helps skaters maximize their training potential.

Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills for Fun and Fitness
Cross-Country Skiing
Building Skills for Fun and Fitness
Paperback      ISBN: 0898868629

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* Technique demonstrated in step-by-step photos
* Special learning activities reinforce instruction
* Sidebars for trouble-shooting common problems and matching technique to terrain and snow conditions
* Tips for engaging the family

From the first time you step into your bindings to mastering the stride, the glide, and the skate: Steve Hindman has you covered. As a certified instructor, he's introduced hundreds of people to the sport; he also wrote the study guide for the Professional Ski Instructors of America certification exam. Here he shares the same techniques he teaches on the snow, whether you're setting out for a city park, looking for family fun at a groomed ski area, or heading into the backcountry to set your own track.

This comprehensive guide covers equipment and accessories, waxing for grip and glide, training and conditioning, snow camping, route finding, and avalanche awareness. It will take you from how to fall (and how to get up again), through the classic and skate skiing basics (including stance, poling principles, and downhill tactics), to effective racing technique. It also takes up more advanced variations of the sport-freeheel, telemark, and ski mountaineering.

Curling: Steps to Success
Curling
Steps to Success
Paperback      ISBN: 1492515779

Build a rock-solid set of foundational skills and knowledge and improve performance with Curling: Steps to Success.

Internationally renowned coach Sean Turriff brings his extensive experience and expertise to Curling: Steps to Success, providing players and coaches with a practical, step-by-step format that develops and improves curlers' fundamental skill level and decision making. Supplemented by more than 90 photos and illustrations, the book covers essential curling skills such as throws, brushing, delivery, basic shots, and ice reading. Included are detailed explanations of the roles and responsibilities of each team member as well as practical check points for gauging players' mastery of skills and determining when to progress to more complex tactics and game strategies.

Whether you are just beginning or have experience on the sheet, the book's detailed photo sequences, expert instruction, and developmental drills will have you targeting the rock accurately and consistently in no time. Part of the popular Steps to Success series, which has sold more than two million copies worldwide, Curling: Steps to Success is your guide to on-the-sheet success.

Dogs of the Iditarod
Dogs of the Iditarod
Paperback      ISBN: 1570612927

Alaska's famous furry citizens, the dogs of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, are the most athletic canines in the world. From puppyhood to first days in the harness, from championship runs across a thousand miles of snow to years of pampered retirement, these spectacular dogs are indeed man's (and woman's) best friends.

Did you know that ...
- Alaska huskies are an ever-changing cross-breed of the smartest, furriest, and fastest dogs?
- Early US postal deliveries in Alaska were carried by sled-dog teams?
- Iditarod competitors race across more than 1,000 miles in just over a week?
- Heroic sled dogs have saved their mushers from icy rivers and gale-force blizzards?
The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL: The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League
The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL
The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League
Hardcover      ISBN: 0735273898
Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown, one of hockey's favourite and funniest writers, takes aim at the game's most memorable moments--especially if they're memorable for the wrong reasons--in this warts-and-all history of the NHL.

The NHL is, indisputably, weird. One moment, you're in awe of the speed, skill and intensity that define the sport, shaking your head as a player makes an impossible play, or shatters a longstanding record, or sobs into his first Stanley Cup. The next, everyone's wearing earmuffs, Mr. Rogers has shown up, and guys in yellow raincoats are officiating playoff games while everyone tries to figure out where the league president went. That's just life in the NHL, a league that often can't seem to get out of its own way. No matter how long you've been a hockey fan, you know that sinking feeling that maybe, just maybe, some of the people in charge here don't actually know what they're doing. And at some point, you've probably wondered: Has it always been this way?
The short answer is yes. As for the longer answer, well, that's this book.
In this fun, irreverent and fact-filled history, Sean McIndoe relates the flip side to the National Hockey League's storied past. His obsessively detailed memory combines with his keen sense for the absurdities that make you shake your head at the league and yet fanatically love the game, allowing you to laugh even when your team is the butt of the joke (and as a life-long Leafs fan, McIndoe takes the brunt of some of his own best zingers). The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL is the weird and wonderful league's story told as only Sean McIndoe can.
The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL: The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League
The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL
The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League
Paperback      ISBN: 0735273901
Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown, one of hockey's favourite and funniest writers, takes aim at the game's most memorable moments--especially if they're memorable for the wrong reasons--in this warts-and-all history of the NHL.

The NHL is, indisputably, weird. One moment, you're in awe of the speed, skill and intensity that define the sport, shaking your head as a player makes an impossible play, or shatters a longstanding record, or sobs into his first Stanley Cup. The next, everyone's wearing earmuffs, Mr. Rogers has shown up, and guys in yellow raincoats are officiating playoff games while everyone tries to figure out where the league president went. That's just life in the NHL, a league that often can't seem to get out of its own way. No matter how long you've been a hockey fan, you know that sinking feeling that maybe, just maybe, some of the people in charge here don't actually know what they're doing. And at some point, you've probably wondered: Has it always been this way?
The short answer is yes. As for the longer answer, well, that's this book.
In this fun, irreverent and fact-filled history, Sean McIndoe relates the flip side to the National Hockey League's storied past. His obsessively detailed memory combines with his keen sense for the absurdities that make you shake your head at the league and yet fanatically love the game, allowing you to laugh even when your team is the butt of the joke (and as a life-long Leafs fan, McIndoe takes the brunt of some of his own best zingers). The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL is the weird and wonderful league's story told as only Sean McIndoe can.
Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass
Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass
Paperback      ISBN: 146713774x

Relive the exciting early days of skiing when Snoqualmie Pass was the epicenter of the sport. Ski jumping tournaments attracted world-class competitors to Cle Elum, Beaver Lake on the Summit and the Milwaukee Ski Bowl. The Mountaineers' twenty-mile race from Snoqualmie to Stampede Pass, dubbed "the world's longest and hardest race," was a pinnacle of cross-country skiing. Alpine skiing began in private ski clubs and expanded in 1934 with the country's first municipal ski area, known as the Seattle Municipal Ski Park. And the sport peaked when the Milwaukee Ski Bowl at Hyak opened in 1938. With train access, a modern ski lodge, an overhead cable lift and free ski lessons from the Seattle Times, the Ski Bowl revolutionized local skiing. Lawyer and local ski historian John W. Lundin follows the historic tracks through the genesis of American skiing.

Fall Line: America's Rise to Ski Racing's Summit
Fall Line
America's Rise to Ski Racing's Summit
Paperback      ISBN: 0393352692

Harnessing nature's most powerful forces, elite downhillers descend icy, rugged slopes at speeds cresting 90 miles per hour. For decades, American skiers struggled to match their European counterparts, and until this century the US Ski Team could not claim a lasting foothold on the roof of the Alps, where the sport's legends are born.

Then came a fledgling class of American racers that disrupted the Alpine racing world order. Led by Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety, this band of iconoclasts made a place for their country on some of the world's most prestigious race courses. Even as new technology amplified the sport's inherent danger, the US Ski Team learned how to win, and they changed downhill racing forever.

The Fall Line is the story of how it all came together, a deeply reported reconstruction of ski racing's most dramatic season. Drawing on more than a decade of research and candid interviews with some of the sport's most elusive figures, award-winning journalist Nathaniel Vinton reveals the untold story of how skiers like Vonn and Miller, and their peers and rivals, fought for supremacy at the Olympic Winter Games.

Here is an authoritative portrait of a group of men and women taking mortal risks in a bid for sporting glory. A white-knuckled tour through skiing's deep traditions and least-accessible locales, The Fall Line opens up the sexy, high-stakes world of downhill skiing--its career-ending crashes, million-dollar sponsorship deals, international intrigue, and showdowns with nature itself.

With views from the starting gate, the finish line, and treacherous turns in between, The Fall Line delivers the adrenaline of one of the world's most beautiful and perilous sports alongside a panoramic view of skiing's past, present, and future.

Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die: Downhill Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die
Downhill Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
Hardcover      ISBN: 1617690546
Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die--the 10th book in the popular Fifty Places series--takes readers to some of the world's most inspiring skiing/snowboarding destinations: the Chugach Mountains (Alaska); Aspen, Crested Butte, and Steamboat Springs (Colorado); Tuckerman Ravine (New Hampshire); Rusutsu (Japan); Chamonix (France); Portillo (Chile); and Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia). Based on interviews with leading experts, the book chronicles the rich history of these sports and the people who have mastered them, including Tommy Moe, Jonny Moseley, Billy Kidd, and Greg Harms. Above all, Santella provides readers with the gorgeous scenery, the glamorous ambiance, and the always thrilling experience of visiting mountains from the Alps to the Rockies, whether it's apr s-ski in Cortina or helicopter rides into virgin Alaskan powder.

Praise for Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die

"Even the reader who gets no farther than the couch can feel transported to the snow-covered peaks, mogul fields, and sparkling expanses sculpted by the book's avalanche of quirky nuggets, insider tips, and historical perspectives . . . After writing nine other Fifty Places guides, author Chris Santella has the drill down." --Reuters.com

"Whether you're an expert looking to hit the double diamond moguls or a beginner who wants a gentle slope just in case stopping is an issue, these spots have a little something for everyone." --The Daily Beast

"For powderhounds, Fifty Places to Ski & Snowboard Before You Die by Chris Santella ($25) looks at snow sports destinations around the world." --Associated Press