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Top 50 Ski & Snowboard Resorts in Europe 2006 [Paperback]

Pat Sharples , Vanessa Webb
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26 Sep 2005 Top 50 Ski & Snowboard Resorts in Europe
Ski and Snowboard: Off Piste, On Piste and Apres Piste. Why you should stock this book? A leaning towards extreme skiing means our criteria measures both off piste, on piste and back-country. It is a unique European resorts book for individual planners who are the fastest-growing part of the market. Pat and Vanessa are a very attractive couple and have enormous goodwill in the skiing world and media. It has a guaranteed TV and radio publicity and guaranteed ski world promotion for a beautiful-looking book. Why your customers will buy this book? The pictures and graphics stimulate the need-to-be-there feeling. The authors are photographers themselves but well in with the professionals too. The book is stunning. This is the only European guide to tell you everything you need to know about the snow, the pistes, off-piste, back-country and eating on the mountains. With details on how to get there, and how to get around the hotels, chalets and restaurants, it includes the apres-ski bar scene and a clubbing guide. It is a unique book by the most influential and knowledgeable people in the industry.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W Foulsham & Co Ltd (26 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572031521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572031527
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,173,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Pat is our British downhill champion and former England freestyle Captain. [UNK] Vanessa has a First in Psychology and Philosophy - and qualified as a Ski Coach.

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Essentially, this book feels like it was written by some guys who had 2 months and a digital camera to tour the Alps -- but ran out of cash and drank to much booze to finish the project. It's more of a travel diary than a knowledgeable guide book. I thought it was a waste of my money. Big time!

However, I need to give solid reasons why I dislike this book so much.

1. Resort Descriptions. Too short. Too stereotypical.
Only 1-2 paragraphs are used to describe a resort (lifts, pistes, mountains, snowfall, weather). This provides no information. There are very few insights and lots of stereotypes. You already know what they are going to say about some resorts: Courchevel 1850 - rich. Chamonix - good off-piste. Cortina - well-dressed Italians. La Grave - rugged. Zermatt - the Matterhorn is pretty.

2. Questionable Expert Knowledge.
It was obvious the authors were visiting many of the resorts for the first time and for very short periods.

For example, they spent ONE day at La Grave and did maybe 2 runs. They want to return. Glad you had a good time guys, but can you tell me something about La Grave? Please?

Val Thorens review seemed to be cut short because there was no snow when they went there. Sucks for us readers. No snow = no report. Well, just a short report. The pictures look really rocky at Val Thorens. Glad they did not ruin their skis/boards trying to do research.

3. Repeated Resorts.
The title is Top 50 Ski Resorts. However, what if you only had time and money to visit 47 places? You simply stretch them into 50 resorts. For example: How many would count Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650 and La Tania as 3 very different places? No one. They are all part of Courchevel. Why do they do this?
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chalet in the mountains ! 28 April 2006
I have had this book in my chalet since the beginning of the season on the coffee table and everyone who has read it has loved it..

given that it is the first time Pat and Vanessa have published it,I think it will get better and better..
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5.0 out of 5 stars The top 50 ski and snowboard resorts in europe 30 Dec 2005
My friends and myself thought this was a great buy! It has really helped us decided on our resort for this winter. I have used other ski and snowdoard guides in the past and this is by far the best!
Why? This book has some amazing picture's and lets you know all about the latest hot equipment and top resort with loads of info you will not find anywhere eles.
The authors seem to know there stuff and also give information for the younger generation that alot of other guides do not.
This is the first travel guide ive read that lets you know about all the major competions in Europe.
If you are in your 20, 30 or 40,s and you love your snowboarding and skiing and need help finding your best resort, this book is for you!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The top 50 ski and snowboard resorts in europe 30 Dec 2005
My friends and myself thought this book was a great buy! It really helped us decide on our resort for this winter.
Why? Its filled with loads of amazing pictures of some of the worlds best skiers and boarders which you dont find in many travel guides.
It has all the latest info for each resort they write about.
Lets you know about all the latest equipment.
This is the first snowboard and ski travel guide ive read that seems to have information for the younger generation. If your into your riding as much as me and need halp finding the best reort for you, then check this book out!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any avid snow visitor will find this guide to the top European resorts compelling and useful 24 Jun 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Any avid snow visitor will find this guide to the top European resorts compelling and useful, picking the top 50 of such resorts for close inspection. 'Close' means that details include overviews of instruction, schools and academies, descriptions of resort mountains and ability ranges, tips on events, accommodation, and eating out nearby: in short, everything a planner needs to make the most out of snow season in Europe.

Diane C. Donovan

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4.0 out of 5 stars Top 50 Ski & Snowboard Resorts in Europe 30 Nov 2009
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This book does a great job of quantifying data so that various resorts can be compared. Lots of pertinent facts and objective guidance. Would recommend to anyone who is unfamiliar with European ski resorts as it gives a broad overview.
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