Picks and Pans Review: Billy Kidd—ski Racing

updated 12/12/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Here's a good buy for the advanced skier interested in racing techniques. And even if you're not interested in racing, these principles apply in free skiing as well, according to Kidd. To avoid falling, for instance, downhill racers must keep their feet apart and their hands out for better balance—not a bad trait for any skier. He also gives good pointers on such things as carve turns and the use of poles: "The easiest way to time your turn is with a pole plant. Just reach down and plant your pole to start your next turn." There are helpful shots of top racers, such as Ingemar Stenmark and Max Julen. The best section is a detailed analysis of a slalom run by 1986 World Cup men's overall champion Marc Girardelli. In that context, Kidd discusses his four rules for better racing: Use a kick start, go straight at the gate, keep an A-frame position (knees together, feet apart) and exploit the rebound energy in the skis to accelerate. He uses clearly designed graphics to explain how skis turn and, carrying a boot-level camera while descending the Aspen course, provides a good idea of what a downhill is like. At 27 minutes, this is a quick-moving video, but it moves a little too quickly. Kidd could have spent more time on skiing moguls and powder, for instance. But why quibble? In addition to all that instruction, you get to hear how good a musician John Tesh of Entertainment Tonight is. He composed the background score. (Prism, $14.95; 800-327-7476)

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