Centered Skier


The classic ski book, The Centered Skier, is available for $16.95 with free shipping in the USA at the Tempest Book Shop, 5031 Main Street, Waitsfield,VT 05673.


10-6 daily 12-5 Sunday

186 pages  6 x 9 inches

ISBN 0963248448 or 978963248442

Author Denise McCluggage was a founder of Auto Week magazine and a professional race car driver.  She took up skiing and moved near Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski areas.  She skied with passion, speed, soul, and pleasure, as you can tell by flipping randomly to any page in The Centered Skier and reading a few lines.   She skis like a race car driver who loves the feel of the track.  She writes like a woman possessed by the pleasures that have been hidden too long.

She commissioned a local Waitsfield Vermont printer to publish the book.  Its success demanded a bigger publisher, and Bantam Books published several editions.  Aside from the general ski population that enjoys the book, The Centered Skier is on the Professional Ski Instructors of American  (PSIA) reading list.   Sugarbush Ski School adopted “Centered Skiing” officially, and commissioned a reprint in the 1990s.

The current edition, published again in the the Mad River Valley  at Denise’s request by Tempest Books, is a reproduction of the first Valley-born edition. This is the second edition from Tempest Books.

The cover is a painting by local painter Bill Brauer (who now has one-man shows nationally). The original of the painting hangs in Denise’s living room.  Red Goodman at Red Door Design cleaned up the copy, and Ron Anderson’s adworks did the printing of this 20th Anniversary Edition in 1997. The calligraphy through the book is by dancer, Tai Chi master and author Al Chung-Liang Huang. The original editor was Ray Montgomery, famed author of over 100 Choose Your Own Adventure books.

It’s like Inner Skiing and Inner Tennis ( Denise and Tim Galway are friends.)  It’s like Zen.  It’s like the Alexander Method. It like the Book of Tea, where aesthetics and competition hide out in each other’s tales.

When shaped skis were “invented”, the Centered Skiers all laughed at the rush to “carved” turns.  Denise has been praising and teaching carved turns on old skis for decades.  We wish to carve our turns to look good, feel good, turn well, and sometimes even go faster.  The parabolics drew us full circle.


Tempest Books is a division of the Tempest Book Shop which has served the Mad River Valley in Vermont since 1977 with books, and music, and maps, and cards, and puzzles, and watch batteries and Lionel trains.