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Dr. Walter Mosauer - On Skis Over the Mountains

p. 19: "Dr. Walter Mosauer is a native of Austria, receiving his M.D. at Vienna and Ph.D. in Zoology at Michigan. In 1931 he came to the University of California at Los Angeles, where he is an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences and is Coach of the Ski Team."

p. 27: Regarding bindings: "Don't believe the old superstition that 'it's less dangerous' for a beginner to use skis with toestraps only because on such skis you never get beyond the stage of beginner." The author recommends toe-iron bindings with a complete harness securing the toe and heel. The "Alpina" type is satisfactory. Bindings that clamp the boot to the ski "by metal hooks or lever action of some kind" are not suitable for the beginner. "A new device that has rapidly gained popularity consists of a spring or a strong elastic rubber band which is fastened on the ski to a point some five inches behind the heel of the boot on one end, to a strap around the ankle on the other end."

p. 29: For long carries, the author suggests slipping each ski through a shoulder strap of the pack just beyond the binding, strapping the ski tips together, and tying a cord from the tips around one's neck.

p. 34: Describes climbing aids such as ropes around the skis, seal skins (strapped or glued on) and wax.

p. 40: Basic instructions on walking, climbing, straight running, falling, snowplow, stemming and the standard Arlberg turns. Regarding the open christy (p. 51): "This swing, formerly considered as 'the' christiania and still treated as such by antiquated books like D'Egville's 'Modern Skiing,' has lost most of its importance. The open christy is useful on soft snow only, for gradual changes of direction or for stops or uphill turns from a traverse."

p. 53: "A formerly very popular turn, the telemark, has been ostracized by the extreme followers of modern skiing. Yet it is useful in deep, loose snow."

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