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To

my old English Professors

at Montana State University

For

Ski-boys & Ski-girls

everywhere

With

Special Thanks

to the earlier

Jackson Hole Ski School

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THE GREATEST SKI

INSTRUCTOR IN THE WEST

Students--whether you ski or not-- You know the Ten Commandments, you've acquired the clay tablets of Clason's Richest Man In Babylon, you've studied the leather scrolls in Mandino's Greatest Salesman, you've taken Peck's Road Less Traveled, you've found the missing manuscript in Redfield's Celestine Prophecy, you've developed Covey's Seven Habits; . .

. now enjoy:

A Savvy Ski-boy's

Seven Silky Sayin's

for Skillful Skiin'

The funfilled life of a ski instructor is not without its real-life problems found in any other business, with plenty of politics and pecking orders. Witness a new kind of sermon on the mount, and new twist on the golden rule; and find out from GARY HEINS, lone ski-boy of the SWINGIN' G WINTER

RANGE, what one seasoned ski teacher kept quiet on a plastic computer disc hidden in his ski jacket for far too long.

Skiers & Teachers-- Reaching your potential as a skier and teacher means going beyond mass thinking to a slope where you know you can ski and teach alone. The hidden story behind his ski manual, THE GREATEST SKI INSTRUCTOR

uses delightful down-to-worth parables that teach us basic principles for skiing and teaching effectively. Acclaimed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of skiing and teaching, this fun and fascinating story offers you an understanding of the difference between the greatest skiers .

. . and the greatest skier teachers.

GARY HEINS

DOWNHILL SKIING

It's your turn to ride the high lift.

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Another

SWINGIN’ G BOOK

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THE

GREATEST

SKIER

INSTRUCTOR

IN THE WEST

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~GARYHEINS~

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THE

GREATEST SKI INSTRUCTOR

IN THE WEST

by GARY HEINS

Published by:

SWINGIN’ G BOOKS

PO Box 784

Saint Johns, Arizona 85936

All RightsReserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the author, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in critical reviews.

Copyright © 1997 - 2009 Gary Lee Heins LCCN

97-091092

P-book

ISBN 10

1-882369-51-3

ISBN 13

978-1-882369-51-5

E-book

ISBN 10

1-882369-50-5

ISBN 13

978-1-882369-50-8

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DISCLAIMER:

It can be a dangerous world out there, especially in the world of downhill skiing. When learning from books, each student must take responsibility for their own safety and learning.

Also, there may be a few typos in this book--try not to get bogged down with that . . . and end up playing the victim. This book would have never gotten out if the one man writing it were too worried about everything being absolutely perfect--there's not a lot of support nowadays for Individuals who have original thought that exposes the dysfunctional Status Quo. In fact, some of the so-called "typos" may very well be intentional--just pay attention,--because Gary Heins has his Poetic License (--see his Heinsian SKIBOY-n-WESTERN MUSIC book). Someday . . . the first editions of this book, as identified by their typos, . . . will be worth million$$$ compared to the later more-polished editions---for now, there's NO EXTRA CHARGE

for any typos you may encounter.

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"--Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--

for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayins' and riddles of the wise."

--Proverbs 1:5-6

(Not that this is a Religious Book)

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Brief Prologue

You may have already acquired Gary's Heinsian

DOWNHILL SKIING manual, ONE GOOD TURN . . . DE-

SERVES ANOTHER, a more practical physical yet-mindful nuts-n-bolts approach to learning and teaching skiing. . . .

This story . . . tells where that fine work comes from. Gary is the only one in his family who skis, . . . and he's got some supposedly-close friends who have never skied with him---

in a big way, they don't even know him . . .or why he teaches skiing. Though he has seen more than his fair share of lean years, Gary is not a ski-bum: in fact, he can barely ski without having students to teach; . . . and every fun, orgasmic, hedonistic turn he's ever made . . . he has earned. By choice, Gary has never married, and he's never had kids---you Readers and Students . . . are his kindred spirits (as well as the horses and dogs and cats he's come in contact with).

Don't let your family or friends hold you back, nor all the Big Institutions out there. "Probably the best turn you can take," Gary says, "is a Turn Inward." One of many fine books written by Gary, . . . this book, . . . with a more philosophical and spiritual bent, . . . is not just about skiing, . . .

it's about Life.

--Jane Dantz

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THE

GREATEST SKI INSTRUCTOR

IN THE WEST

Brief Prologue

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The Ones Who Desired Great Skiing

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The Greatest Ski Area In the West

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The Greatest Skier In the West

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The Greatest Ski Teacher In the West

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The TURN COMMANDMENTS of the Ski-School Gods 79

A Savvy Ski-boy's Seven Silky Sayin's

For Skillful Skiin'

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I

Nobody can train

a good skier in a hurry,

90

and anybody can spoil 'em

II Get mounted on ski equipment

as you would a horse-n-saddle,

95

for your own compat-ability level

III Ski every turn . . .

as if it could be your last,

101

and make thy turns multiply

IV Develop three basic skills for balance

--pressure, edge, & rotary,--

106

and be the ski-teacher's PET

V Monitor three primary variables

for your comfort-zone,

112

and ski fluently in any context

VI Ski down the mountain,

not across it, . . . and

119

be S-turn stern, not Z-turn zingy

VII The Golden Rule:

One good turn deserves another

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. . . and then another

The Exciting Conclusion

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