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100 best ski resorts of the world
Wingenbach, Gerry.
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First edition.
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Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, [2003]

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xv, 207 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
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A guide to 100 of the world's best ski resorts. It describes the elements of each location for beginner and expert alike, and there are even suggestions for non-skiers. There is information on ski schools, snowfall, and nearby attractions, along with historical titbits and personality profiles.

Author Notes

Serry Wingenbach is a former ski racer who served as a coach with the Canadian National Ski Team before turning to a career in writing. His articles and photographs have been published in major newspapers and magazines all over the world



From the Introduction: The most extraordinary aspect of alpine skiing and snowboarding is where it happens. There you are, swooping down a north face in one of the world's great mountain ranges. On the best days, the sun tails you like a yellow kite. The temperature hovers above freezing. There are no bad days. Every one of us can be the best skier on the mountain, because the best skier is always the one who has the most fun. That's the lesson of skiing. In the grand scheme of things, skiing matters not one iota. Most people live just fine without it. But some of us cannot. For those who love to ski and snowboard, the best ski resorts in the world tempt and teeter us on the edge of nirvana. They lift us beyond ourselves to wondrous world where we completely focus on the here and now. That's the essence of skiing. There are thousands of ski resorts. Most of us didn't begin skiing by flying down the best resorts in the world. But adventure on skis doesn't always depend on the size of the mountain. My own downhill pleasures started at a mom-and-pop-run rope tow called Rabbit Hill. The name says it all, a few dips and dos hopping along the river valley on the ranchlands that form the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. After a day of skiing at Rabbit Hill, my friend Jim Hunter, who grew up to dominate the Canadian National Men's Alpine Ski Team, would strap his skis to the roof of his dad's pickup, climb into his ski boots, step into his skis and ride a downhill racer's crouch while his dad tore down the highway heading for home.... Excerpted from 100 Best Ski Resorts of the World by Gerry Wingenbach All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
North America
United States
Alyeska Resortp. 2
Heavenly Ski Resortp. 4
Mammoth Mountainp. 6
Squaw Valley USAp. 8
Aspenp. 10
Beaver Creek Resortp. 14
Breckenridge Ski Resortp. 16
Copper Mountain Resortp. 18
Crested Butte Mountain Resortp. 20
Keystone Resortp. 22
Snowmass Resortp. 24
Steamboat Ski Resortp. 26
Telluride Ski Areap. 28
Vailp. 30
Winter Park Resortp. 32
Sun Valley Resortp. 34
Sugarloaf/USAp. 36
Sunday River Ski Resortp. 38
Big Mountain Resortp. 40
Big Sky Resortp. 42
New Hampshire
Loon Mountain Resortp. 44
Waterville Valley Resortp. 46
New Mexico
Taos Ski Valleyp. 48
New York
Whiteface Mountainp. 50
Mount Bachelorp. 52
Alta Ski Areap. 54
The Canyonsp. 56
Deer Valley Resortp. 58
Park City Mountain Resortp. 60
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resortp. 62
Solitude Mountain Resortp. 64
Jay Peak Resortp. 66
Killington Resortp. 68
Mount Snowp. 70
Stowe Mountain Resortp. 72
Stratton Mountain Resortp. 74
Sugarbush Resortp. 76
Crystal Mountainp. 78
Jackson Hole Mountain Resortp. 80
Lake Louise Ski Areap. 82
Ski Marmot Basinp. 84
Sunshine Village Resortp. 86
British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resortp. 88
Kimberley Alpine Ski Resortp. 90
Whistler-Blackcomb Resortsp. 92
Mont-Sainte-Annep. 94
Tremblantp. 96
Bad Gasteinp. 100
Innsbruckp. 102
Ischglp. 104
Kitzbuhelp. 106
Lechp. 108
Mayrhofenp. 110
Saalbach-Hinterglemmp. 112
Schladmingp. 114
Seefeldp. 116
Soldenp. 118
St. Anton am Arlbergp. 120
Stubai Glacierp. 122
Zell am Seep. 124
Alpe d'Huezp. 126
Avoriaz-Morzinep. 128
Chamonix-Mont-Blancp. 130
Courchevelp. 132
Flainep. 134
La Clusaz-Le Grand-Bornardp. 136
La Plagnep. 138
Les Arcsp. 140
Les Deux Alpes/La Gravep. 142
Megevep. 144
Meribelp. 146
Tignesp. 148
Val d'Iserep. 150
Garmisch-Partenkirchenp. 152
Bormiop. 154
Cerviniap. 156
Cortina d'Ampezzop. 158
Courmayeurp. 160
Madonna di Campigliop. 162
Val Gardenap. 164
Sierra Nevadap. 166
Arep. 168
Arosap. 170
Champeryp. 172
Crans-Montanap. 174
Davosp. 176
Engelbergp. 178
Grindelwaldp. 180
Gstaadp. 182
Klostersp. 184
Saas-Feep. 186
St. Moritzp. 188
Verbierp. 190
Wengen and Murrenp. 192
Zermattp. 194
South of the Equator
Barilochep. 198
Las Lenasp. 200
Portillop. 202
New Zealand
Mount Cook Tasman Glacierp. 204
Queenstownp. 206
About the Authorp. 208