After a long day of skiing, you just want to relax. A favorite thing for many people to do when relaxing is read a good book. There are books on nearly any topic out there including, you guessed it, skiing! But of all the skiing books you can read, which are the best?
If that’s what you’re curious about, you’re in luck. Strap yourself in, make some room on your bookshelf and get ready to learn about some of the best ski books on the market today.
1. Freedom Found: My Life Story
There are many influential and important people in the skiing world, but few more so than Warren Miller. Warren Miller, who unfortunately passed away in 2018, was a ski-focused filmmaker who has published over 750 films and several books. He is an innovator in the space and helped skiing become as popular as it is today.
This book goes through his life story and offers a rare look behind the camera. Miller talks about his past, his successes, his struggles, his family and so much more. Whether you are a hardcore skier or are just getting into the sport, this is a must-read.
2. Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits
Kit DesLauriers is without a doubt one of the most legendary figures in the world of skiing. She has won multiple World Freeskiing Championships and was the Adventurer of the Year in 2015, as named by National Geographic.
However, arguably the most impressive thing she has done, and the focus of “Higher Love”, is being the first person to ski down the Seven Summits, which are the highest mountains on each of the continents. This book goes over her journey to not only scale the Seven Summits but to then do the unthinkable and ski down as well.
This book gives you an inside account of the multi-year journey around the world. It goes over her thoughts, insights, trials and tribulations, inspirations and a variety of other information.
3. Deep Powder Snow
One of the most important people in the history of skiing was Dolores LaChapelle. This is not only for her skills as a skier but also for her research and mountaineering skills. She has lived all around the world, scaled to a number of peaks and enjoyed decades of experience in the mountains.
This book is about more than just skiing. While she talks about her love of the sport, the book is also about her love of the mountains and ecology. She dives into her research, her thoughts, and her feelings, all of which are incredible to read. It is a wonderfully deep and moving book from a truly impressive woman.
4. Ultimate Skiing
While learning about skiers and their lives and impact on the sport is great, sometimes you want to learn a little more about skiing itself. If that’s the case, this is the book for you. Ultimate Skiing is a book all about improving your skills and technique on the hills. The book was written by Ron LeMaster, who is a ski technique expert with decades of coaching experience.
He does a great job of connecting all parts of the skiing process together. He focuses on the equipment, the techniques, the physics of movement and even the snow itself. The book includes many diagrams and photos as well, to keep you on track. Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned veteran, this book will have something for you.
5. The Story of Modern Skiing
If you want to learn about the history of skiing, there is no better book to check out than “The Story of Modern Skiing”. The book goes into detail about the rise of ski culture, advances in technique and equipment, how skiing competitions have changed and essentially everything else you could imagine.
The book was written by John Fry, who is in the American Ski Hall of Fame, due to his journalism and other contributions to the sport.
The book also features a ton of great resources such as timelines, index of names, places, and resorts, as well as interesting tidbits of information from the author and his long list of skiing-related personal relationships.
While nothing replaces the joy of hitting the slopes, reading these skiing books can get you close. Whether they make you laugh, make you cry or even simply just keep you entertained during your time off the hills, these are all books you should consider reading in your spare time.
Have you read a book about skiing that you feel we missed on this list? If so, be sure to leave us a comment below and we’ll be sure to check it out!