Turn, turn, turn: If you live in an area where you get different seasons, each of the four seasons has its fans. Summer is for surfers and beach bums, fall is for people who like to look at the leaves, and spring is for… Okay, I don’t know what people are excited about in spring. The spring training? The winter is over. But winter has a lot of die-hard fans. There are a lot of fun things to do in the winter, and one of the most popular is going down the slopes! For people who enjoy strapping skis and snowboards to their feet and hurtling downhill at different speeds, this list of 11 of the best books about skiing and snowboarding is for you!
From how-to guides about how to start skiing and snowboarding, to books about the best slopes and the most stylish skiers, to memoirs written by professionals, there are a lot of books here about these sports! There are very few books about skiing and snowboarding written by people of color, but the sports are becoming more and more diverse every year. See the great articles about African American snowboarders and skiers, as well as the articles about the racism that is still there in the sports.
Unbound: A Story of Snow & Self Discovery by Steph Jagger
When Jagger decided to leave her life, she had only her ski gear and her laptop with her when she did it. Her goal was to ski four million vertical feet in a year. She sold everything else and went to North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand to do it. This is an account of her trip around the world in the snow.
Powder: The 50 Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet by Patrick Thorne
Thorne, a journalist, set a goal for himself to ski in every place on the planet. This is an in-depth look at 50 of them, with Thorne’s thoughts on them based on what he knows.
Breakthrough on the New Skis: Say Goodbye to the Intermediate Blues by Lito Tejada-Flores
If you want to improve your ski skills from ordinary to extraordinary, buy this reissued guide. It’s easy to learn how to become the skier you’ve always dreamed of being thanks to Tejada-Flores, a skiing expert. He breaks down the moves you need into simple steps.
The Stylish Life: Skiing by Gabrielle le Breton
It doesn’t matter if you like skiing or just fancy coffee table books. This is a great way to see people speeding through the snow. It has old photos of celebrities and other people who look like they’re having fun on the slopes.
Take It All On Board: 8 Steps To Mastering The Slope & Life With Confidence by Kate Mackay
Kate Mackay, a certified performance coach, talks about how she went from being a beginner snowboarder to becoming a BASI instructor. Lessons she has learned will help her help you reach your goals both on and off the mountain.
Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die: Downhill Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella
There are 50 full-color photos of 50 of the best ski resorts in the world, chosen by experts. If you can’t learn enough about them, pick up this book.
Inspired: Pursuit of Progress by Kelly Clark
Clark has been to four Olympic games, won three Olympic medals, and is the most successful snowboarder in history. This is what she talks about when she talks about how she went to the top of her game.
The Fall Line: America’s Rise to Ski Racing’s Summit by Nathaniel Vinton
More than 10 years of research and interviews with some of the best skiers in the world help Vinton tell the story of downhill skiing as a competitive sport and how the U.S. Ski Team did so well on the slopes.
Mastering Snowboarding by Hannah Teter and Tawnya Schultz
X-Games winner Schultz and Olympic gold medalist Teter worked together to show you how to become a snowboarding master. They’ll show you how to push powder like a pro in no time.
Ultimate Skiing by Ron LeMaster
LeMaster is a ski instructor, coach, and technique expert who can help you improve your ski skills and get them to the next level. In this simple-to-follow guide, you’ll learn how to move like the pros in no time. It includes full-color photo montages and 3D diagrams that show you how to do everything.
Vintage Skiing: Nostalgic Images from the Golden Age of Skiing by Ray Atkeson
In the end, take a trip back in time with this great art book filled with images from the 1950s and 1960s. One of the best gifts for yourself or someone else!
In Search of Powder: A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum – Jeremy Evans
Take a look at the history of skiing and snowboarding through the story of Jeremy Evans. During college, Evans lived in Tahoe. After that, Evans moved to Portland for better job prospects. Evans had a stroke in his mid-20s. He left the city and went back to snowboarding. Evans is deeply concerned about the disappearance of ski bumming culture and examines characters, trends, and stories from Jackson Hole, Crested Butte, Telluride, Lake Tahoe, and Park City. Does it still work out for ski bums? Evans thinks about this question with wit, perspective, and a lot of thought about the problems that many small resort towns are having right now.
The Avalanche Hunters – Montgomery M. Atwater
Author Montgomery M. Atwater is often thought to be the person who started studying avalanche snow in North America with his book The Avalanche Hunters. The US Forest Service hired Atwater after he was released from the military. As a Snow Ranger, Atwater worked in the woods all winter long. During the 1940s, Atwater was given the job of preventing avalanches for Alta Ski Area and Highway 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Atwater’s curiosity and passion for his work led to the first avalanche research center in the United States being built at Alta. This is a firsthand account of Atwater’s exciting discoveries and love of risk. Out of print and hard to find, this book is important for anyone who wants to learn about avalanche mitigation or ski history.