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Ski Atlas of the World: The Complete Reference to the Best Resorts [Hardcover]

Arnie Wilson
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28 Oct 2008
Whether at world-class ski resorts or on slopes covered with man-made snow, people of all ages seek out the unique thrill of skiing year after year. Ski Atlas of the World is an invaluable reference guide for anyone who has an interest in skiingGCoor like Arnie Wilson, the AtlasGCOs globetrotting, resort-hopping, Guinness recordGCosetting editor, a passion for it.The focus of the book is a series of 80 profiles of the best places to ski in Europe and North America, including such world-famous resorts as Val dGCOIsere, Zermatt, Aspen, and Whistler, and such up-and-coming ski areas as Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia. Each profile details terrain characteristics, resort character and tone, history of the facilities, and more. Double-page maps appear throughout the book, beginning with a large-scale map of the worldGCOs mountain ranges and followed by maps showing the resortsGCO locations relative to each other. Rounding out the Atlas is an overview of skiing in Australasia, Japan, and South America.The editorGCOs encyclopedic knowledge of skiing destinations and infectious enthusiasm for the sport inform all 300 pages of this outstanding resource. Whatever your skill level and no matter what youGCOre looking for in a resort, Ski Atlas of the World will help you find the perfect place to take your next skiing vacation.


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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (28 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789209861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789209863
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 27.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnie Wilson is the hugely experienced ski correspondent of the Financial Times and is also editor of Ski & Board magazine. He is the author of Top Ski Resorts of the World (New Holland). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Few Resorts 1 Jun 2012
By Barry
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A beautiful book which reviews some of the best resorts in the world however there are many resorts missed out including the entire Porte de Soleil area.
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This is a great book. It sanitises everything and only points out the good bits, so not really much use as a guide to finding your ideal ski resort, but it's a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 July 2009
By Angel
Format:Hardcover
This book is a fabulous summary of the best ski resorts. We bought it to help us decide where to take our skiing holidays, the only downside is it makes you want to go everywhere!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty But Fluffy 28 Dec 2008
By Doginfollow - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover of this book sums up its strengths and weaknesses nicely. The beautiful cover photograph of three skiers descending a spectacular snowfield in Utah's Wasatch Range suggests that this is an attractive coffee-table book.

Unfortunately, the book's title and subtitle ("Ski Atlas of the World: The Complete Reference to the Best Resorts") contains at least three false statements. First, the book is not an "atlas"--or at least not the type of atlas most ski buffs would expect. There are vaguely drawn maps showing the general location of various resorts around the world. But the book has no trail maps of the resorts. So it is impossible to get much of a feel for the extent of the resorts or the nature of their terrain.

Second, despite the book's claim to be the ultimate "reference", it contains virtually no reference information, just a handful of low-content pages at the back. There's really nothing here that would help someone plan a vacation -- no hotel or restaurant recommendations, no hints about prices. This is not usually a fatal problem for a coffee-table book, but it should not claim to be a "reference".

Third, the book is not really "complete" -- it really only skims the surface of the top resorts, and leaves plenty of notable spots out.

The editorial voice reads more like advertising copy than a discerning, critical examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the various resorts and their appeal to different types of skiers. A much better choice in this respect would be Where To Ski and Snowboard Worldwide: The Reuters Guide.

But back to the bright side -- the photography makes this a perfectly acceptable coffee-table book. Too bad the publisher decided to market it as an entirely different product by slapping a deceptive title on the cover.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift! 31 Oct 2013
By mclarkconley - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book as a gift to a friend for Christmas. It is a great coffee table book for any ski town home. There are easy to read fun articles about ski resorts all over the world. Great to browse through or get ideas for a ski trip. I would recommend this book to a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good quality and content 31 May 2013
By Russell fotovich - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a ski friend and they have commented multiple times how good it was and how much they liked it. They have even been to several of the locations noted in the book and feel they were well described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Ski Enthusiasts 6 Dec 2012
By J. Dugan - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for my inlaws, who are HUGE ski enthusiasts. They loved it! Great photos and info on various ski resorts throughout the world. Makes a great coffee table book. Even non skiers would love the beautiful snow pics
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book! 10 Jan 2012
By D.ba - Published on Amazon.com
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After buying many ski books, I definitely think this one is the best. The pictures are amazing, the descriptions are good and accurate.
I recommend this book to every good skier, dreaming of hitting the slopes somewhere else in the world!
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