- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: NortonWood Publishing; 16 edition (5 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0955866332
- ISBN-13: 978-0955866333
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.4 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Where to Ski and Snowboard 2012: The 1,000 Best Winter Sports Resorts in the World Paperback – 5 Sep 2011
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The only annually updated ski resort guidebook
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Edited by Chris Gill, the Founding Editor of The Good Skiing Guide and Dave Watts, the Executive Editor of Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is slightly thinner than the 2008 edition which I am replacing, that had 768 pages whereas the new edition has 712 pages.
I was particularly interested in the Italian resort of Bormio which used to have a good full description in the textin 2008 but is now reduced to a few sentences in the index in the 2012 edition.
The book is well researched and printed in a clear typeface with good maps and photographs. There are interesting articles on getting to a resort independently which is important in these days of excessive charges by some airlines for extra luggage and skis! Mention is also made of getting to European resorts by train and by car. I commend the volume to anyone planning a ski trip. Guidance on uplift machinery, snow reliability and length of queues as well as hotel and other accommodation can make a lot of diffence to skiing. Important when costs of skiing do seem to have gone up more than inflation for this coming season
Having got various older copies of the book, I can concur that the 2012 edition is shorter than 2008, but longer than 2011 - and the level of detail seems to keep on growing. This year there's an extension to the 'resort price index' to include lift passes; this helped me win a bet about the relative prices of Courchevel and St. Anton so it must be good.
WTSS 2012 is that and more, if you are tying to find no holes barred honest reporting this is the book to use to check your next winter holiday destination.
It uses not only the experience of the editorial team but makes extensive use of reports filed by readers, this should ensure a more balanced rating and will of course allow for more destinations to be covered and kept up to date.
Almost all you could need to know about your resort can be found, from the quality of the lifts to the price of everyday expenses, it can go a long way towards helping you know what it will cost for your week away and may help prevent nasty suprises after arrival.
At the front of the book prior to the resort features there are articles on many ski related subjects to keep the reader up to date with new trends, equipment and many great ideas that assist in planning your winter break. There are comparison charts to help you choose between resorts depending on your particular preferences.
All in all it has to be the only really up to date research tool for planning a winter holiday.
It's not particularly easy to use, or even read - stuff you want more detail on isn't there, and there's detail you don't need, too. It's also repetitive - how many times and in how many ways can you say a slope is steep?
All the info is available online, anyway.
Don't get hooked like me - free your mind and your skis will follow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best ski/board guide I have bought yet. It has in depth reviews including the usual restaurant, ski school guides etc, but it also considers childcare, lift pass... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Suzanne Hamill
An absolutely fantastic book with all the right information about all the right places. It's not only information about skiing (which is of course very important) but it has... Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2012 by Mr. I. Evans
This is the definitive skiing resort guide for anyone who wants to research resorts in any of the main destinations around the world. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2011 by Mr. C. J. Peterson