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The Essential Cross-Country Skier

The Essential Cross-Country Skier

by Rick Lovett, Paul Petersen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780070496255
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/1999
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.36(d)

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


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The Essential Cross-Country Skier 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The essential cross-country skier aims at delivering comprehensive coverage of nordic skiing from technique to equipment and preparation, etc. I found that this book touched on a broad spectrum of issues related to nordic skiing but limited only to the depth that would suit the majority of readers - beginners. Nordic enthusiasts may quickly outgrow the content.
Niecierpek on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I am a self taught intermediate skiier who needed to look for tips in choosing equipment. This book helped me most of the ones I looked through to answer the questions I had. In addition, I found myself reading other chapters as well. Well written. Basically for beginners.