This new book by acclaimed ski author Jackson Hogen and Snowbird "Guru" Dave Powers is unique. One could argue that the title is overly coy: The "secrets" are secret to high-level skiers only in that they have not previously been so clearly articulated, and, although this remarkable book centers on Snowbird, it reveals far more than mere tactical approaches to that iconic big mountain playground. Secrets applies to all skiing, from local bunny hill to the vast far reaches of the Chugach.

Hardware—boots, skis, bindings—and software—skills and tactics—where to use what hardware and which skills—certainly are central to effective skiing performance, but, by far, not the whole story. Context, mental environment and, especially, the concept of Flow are as, if not even more, important. "Secrets" is the first volume to address these concepts; we believe it to be among the most important skiing books yet written.