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To

PSIA

&

all the Ski Schools

For

Ski-boys & Ski-girls

everywhere

& For

Graham Dorsey

May 2010

Apology:

Before we get into this manual,

I wish to Apologize

for a reference in one of my other ski books,

The PROHIBITION Of Snow-Boarding,

where Mr Buntline talks about

"snow-boarders down on their knees"

. . . possibly "bowing to Allah."

Therefore, I make two apologies:

one to the Islam Religion

. . . and one to the Radical Snow-Boarding Community.

I sincerely hope that Mr Buntline did not offend anyone,

of either group

---that was not his intention.

Sincerely,

GH

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ONE GOOD TURN

DESERVES ANOTHER

Skiers-- Whether you're a beginning, intermediate, or advanced

skier, this Heinsian DOWNHILL SKIING manual is your lift ticket

to reaching your full potential. Using your uncommon everyday

forgotten horse sense, take responsibility for your own learning:

Get mounted on the right

ski equipment

(and cheaper than you thunk)

Develop three basic skills--for balance

Set up three primary variables--for Comfort Zone & Versatility

Analyze any given ski turn, and understand turn-linkage

Find out from GARY HEINS, maverick ski-boy straight from the

HeinsQuarters of the SWINGIN' G WINTER RANGE, how to

learn from yourself and the mountain and its snow. Be one with

your skis; and ski fluently, in any context.

Ski Teachers-- Read the fun print: You can lead a man to pow-

der, but you cannot make him ski. Knowing how to ski . . . is only

a drop in the bucket to good skiing and teaching: knowing who-n-

when-n-why to ski . . . a new slope, a new snow condition, the same

old slope or snow in a fresh new way, . . . or knowing when to

make an equipment change--this knowing who-what-when-n-

where-n-why, rather than just how, is the key to progressive

learning, as young horses have been telling their handlers for cen-

turies. This DOWNHILL SKIING manual will help you get out of

the student's way and let them reach their full potential. But be

careful: your students may learn to ski better than you can. . . . One

more thing you should know: Kept down for decades by too much

SS politics and pecking orders, GARY HEINS is now U.S. SKI-

TURNER GENERAL with a new chart defining Comfort Zone,

which helps Prosecute Bad Ski Instructors.

GARY HEINS

DOWNHILL SKIING

Get certified . . . to ride the high lift

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SWINGIN' G BOOK

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ONE GOOD TURN

DESERVES ANOTHER

---Heinsian

DOWNHILL

SKIING

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~ GARY HEINS ~

U.S. SKI-TURNER GENERAL

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ONE GOOD TURN

DESERVES ANOTHER

---Heinsian DOWNHILL SKIING

by GARY HEINS

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"Now there's one thing

that'll make it easy:

I'll ski like you,

and, Baby, you ski like me

---let's ski this run . . .

one turn at a time."

---GARY HEINS

& His

DUAL GS SKI-BOY BAND

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DISCLAIMER . . . & CLAIMER

It is not my intention to harass ski areas or ski schools with frivolous

lawsuits dealing with natural problems beyond their control. I do, how-

ever, intend to help as many skiers and teachers as I possibly can . . . to

reach their full potential, much to the dismay of Professional Ski Instructors

of America and a few other charlatans. This book doesn't claim to be for

everybody, just wise open-minded teachers . . . and confident ski-it-your-

selfers, as well as those students and teachers who feel neglected, misun-

derstood, abused, even discouraged, disempowered, or disenfranchised . . .

by the dysfunctional pecking-order status-quo. Oh, the most selfish and

dysfunctional of instructors will want to read this book also, so that they

can defend themselves in court; if they read it soon enough, they might start

doing their job right and not have to defend themselves in court, as from

now on This Heinsian DOWNHILL SKIING Manual is the yardstick all

ski lessons are measured by---so this book is for everybody.

A big reason snow-boarding has taken off like wild-fire for more than

twenty years . . . is because of Political Correctness, . . . and because some

fed-up ski instructors weren't able to climb the political ski-school ladder:

Many in Ski School saw a more-lucrative ground-floor opportunity in be-

coming ignoble and igmobile snow-board instructors instead, much like a

prostitute. ---Witness a high percentage of ski instructors and other skiers

who wouldn't be caught dead shackled on a snow-board kneeling down or

sitting on their butt as if controlled by a pimp or a rogue religion.

Let's face it: the Ski Schools haven't gotten the job done in this country

for a couple of decades now---that's another reason why snow-boarding has

taken off like wild-fire plowing over the more practical mode of skiing. The

Ski Schools generally haven't done the Skiing Public justice, and they have-

n't done all the instructors justice: it's been politics as usual with too much

factional-n-individual scheming for power, with too few guys at the top . . .

living off the high turnover of instructors. That high turnover is perpetu-

ated by the greedy few at the top, and it helps them keep their cushy jobs

"training" a constant supply of fresh new instructors while keeping the gen-

eral populace unskilled and ignorant. When The Reformation came along

by the late 1990s, and 'Shaped Skis' were supposed to make skiing much

easier, the Powers-That-Ski decided to make the tasks and techniques that

much more difficult, especially near the top of their certification ladder;

meanwhile, they made entry-level certification extremely easy so that eve-

rybody and their brother could be a "certified" instructor, even the most

mediocre of skiers . . . and ski-bums who just want the perks but don't even

want to teach.

Every now and then, an individual ski instructor shines above the rest,

. . . only to be stifled or even totally shut down, by politics or economics,

because he's a threat to the comfy status-quo. In 1980, passing Associate-

Level Certification in PSIA's Northern Division, they complimented me on

my "Strong Communication Skills"; however, in PSIA's Intermountain Divi-

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sion in the years to follow, they passed me in Skiing Ability and Technical

Knowledge at the Full-Cert-Level, but they flunked me in "Communication

Skills" three times in three years---they did not give credit where credit was

due, and they still don't. They might as well have done wrong to Clint

Eastwood or Charles Bronson or Sam Elliott . . . or Erin Brockavich . . . or

Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption, because it has been my life-long

purpose to continue doing what I do best, . . . and to prove them wrong and

expose them for what they are, . . . ever since.

Everything we think, feel, and do . . . matters; individually and collec-

tively, we create our own destiny---if you don't understand that yet, you are

missing the boat . . . or at least the last chair-lift ride to a more celestial

place. This book is for leaders more than followers, ski-it-yourselfers who

are willing to take responsibility for their own turns in life---as responsibil-

ity means freedom; . . . but we must follow something for awhile . . . until

we learn how to lead for ourselves. You don't have to do anything I say in

this book; but God help you if you think you can learn from a politically-

motivated instructor with a hidden agenda, or from a hedonistic ski-bum

masquerading as a 'certified' instructor---whether He or It, you already have

the God Force inside you, and you don't need anyone's permission to ski

through the Narrow Gate into Heaven. When learning from a book, the

student must take responsibility for his own safety; however, when

learning from an instructor out on the mountain, the student is somewhat

dependent on the instructor for safety. While obviously spiritual and

somewhat psychological, skiing is also a highly physical activity: for every

thousand new-age gurus coaching millions to "just close your eyes, and

think positive," we are lucky to find one instructor really offering the people

what they need. Things have gotten so silly lately in our Nation's politics

and socioeconomics . . . the Meek have started inheriting the Earth---singer

Susan Boyle's long-overdue success in 2009 was a Turning Point; and, from

now on, with the help of this book, the most out-of-line ski instructors

and instructor trainers, PSIA or otherwise, will be held responsible for

their arrogant, self-serving, ignorant and/or subversive actions.

The problem is deep-rooted, and it goes way beyond just ski school---

it's hundreds if-not-thousands of years of puerile tradition . . . in almost

every walk of life. Enjoy what you learn here up on the mountain and

anywhere else in life where you can apply it, kindly giving attribution; . . .

and you're welcome to transfer what you learn here . . . to another walk of

life that needs help----but this niche is taken (as well as some of my other

topics, like WESTERN SWING). Remembering the childhood story illus-

trating the importance of recognizing the Truth, we need to admit that the

Emperor is not wearing any clothes, in every walk of life where we see it;

and we need to do it right now if not yesterday---otherwise, the planet and

its people may not have much of a future, and learning downhill skiing will

be the least of our troubles.

---GARY HEINS

SWINGIN' G BOOKS

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Bear with me, Beginners, while I send a note

to any Neigh-Sayers & Know-It-Alls out there:

Brief Prologue----May Day! May Day! 2010

This book was originally laid-out in 1990, but it is as true

today in 2010 as it was back then---and I've had twenty more

years to tinker with it. While skis and boots may have generally

changed for the better in recent years, becoming easier to operate,

the requirements for learning to ski have pretty much stayed the

same: mountains are still mountains, snow is still snow, and people

are still people (although I wonder sometimes). Back when the

'Straight Skis' kept you more honest, ski teaching had to be done

more correctly; one of the main problems with the recent Reforma-

tion of Ski Technology with 'Shaped Skis' . . . is that it has made

many instructors lose focus----they've given the skis themselves too

much power, much like a rogue computer, and they've forgotten

how to help the student learn to be responsible and take control.

The new skis operate pretty much the same as the old skis: they just

carve a little easier is all, but all skis need to be skidable---a ski that

won't skid is like a car with no brakes. ---Let's not forget: 'Straight

Skis' already had Shape, so 'Shaped Skis' are not the totally new

and different phenomenon the Ski Industry would have you be-

lieve. And, even if the newer ski technology carves a lot easier,

every skier still has his threshold where he had better start skid-

ding to brush off too much speed---even for most experts it is

somewhere on intermediate steepness. Not being part of a con-

spiratorial trend full of Planned Obsolescence to milk your

money . . . and MissInformation to control everyone's brain, . . .

this book will be just as truthful fifty years from now as it is to-

day . . . and was twenty years ago.

---GARY HEINS

U.S. SKI-TURNER GENERAL

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ONE GOOD TURN

DESERVES ANOTHER

---Heinsian DOWNHILL SKIING

DISCLAIMER & CLAIMER

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Brief Prologue

8

Foreword ( by JD): Meet Gary Heins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Ski-Teaching Like Ranch Horse-Training . . . . . . . . . 19

Priorities: Safety, Fun, Learning

21

Our Bottomless Topic: "How to Turn" ---A Preview . . . . . . . . . 33

Anatomy of a Ski Turn---One vs Many

35

turn phases, turn size-n-shape, turn-linkage

Ski Equipment

41

skis, boots, bindings, poles

skier clothing, accessories

Three Basic Skills for Balance

87

pressure-, edge-, rotary-control

Three Primary Variables for Versatility

96

slope, snow, task---Comfort Zone!

Who&WhatTurn,When&Where&Why, Not Just How! . . . . . . . . 113

Monitoring Variables, Developing Skills

114

---Beginner Skiing