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That first snow has fallen, and for the umpteenth time you’ve promised yourself that this is the year you’re going to learn to ski. With the mountain of tutelage tapes now available, there’s never been a better time, whether you’re headed for Squaw Valley, Gstaad, the cross-country tracks in Minnesota or the little hill in that park down the street. If you’re a beginner, videotapes are a good way to find out what you’re getting into before you decide to plunk down a bunch of money. The experienced skier can review old techniques, learn some new ones and get psyched up for the coming season. Here’s a sampling of the tapes on the market: