The American way is the free and easy way, says Verschoth in her first chapter, which begins with speculation on who invented skiing and goes on to outline Norwegian, Austrian, and French contributions to technique. For the rest, she advises beginners according to the method developed by ""transplanted Austrian"" Horst Abraham at Vail, Colorado. Abraham, who ""did not invent a new technique (but) analyzed all the tricky maneuvers. . . and picked out what seemed most sensible and simple,"" teaches basic skills which can be applied through ali the turns, stops, etc., which Verschoth then goes on to detail. Beginning with early exercises she guides the novice up to such advanced techniques as the wide-track parallel christy, though stressing that, in the new thinking, exclusive parallel skiing is no longer important. Verschoth's style is free and easy too--those basic skills must still come on the slopes, of course.