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Ski North America : the ultimate travel guide
Holyoak, David.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto : Firefly Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
304 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
A guide to the top 40 ski resorts in North America.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library GV854.8.N58 H64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
Central Library GV854.8.N58 H64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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An invaluable resource for planning successful ski trips.

Ski North America is an informative, illustrated guide to choosing the ideal ski resort. Details include relative costs, accessibility, accommodations, recent improvements, amenities, trail information, ski passes, schools, lift types, course difficulty, and resort web sites.

Illustrated with stunning action and mountain photography by some of the best ski photographers, plus detailed road and course maps, this book is perfect for dreaming of and planning for the perfect winter getaway for singles, families and groups.

Ski North America covers the best resorts in:

Rocky Mountains : Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, Alberta West Coast : California, Oregon East Coast : Maine, Vermont, Quebec

Local experts join up with experienced international ski journalists to provide authoritative text with in-depth and up-to-the-minute information. Whether skiing solo, with friends and family, as a beginner, intermediate or expert, trust Ski North America as the last word before you decide on the ski destination that best suits your requirements.

Author Notes

David Holyoak is a keen skier and the creator of the new Ultimate Sports guides.



Introduction Welcome to Ski North America -- The Ultimate Travel Guide -- and to forty of the top ski and snowboard destinations in the United States and Canada. Skiing and boarding are addictive and expensive pastimes. With so many destinations to choose from worldwide, the choice of resort is never easy, and it's made more difficult if you don't have easy access to reliable, accurate information. Most established ski guidebooks cover as many as 150 resorts in up to a dozen countries, concentrating on Europe and North America. Because of their large scope and small page size, the information is limited and the use of photography, whether to inspire or inform, is minimal. Ski North America is different: the Ultimate Sports format gives you the information you need to choose the right resort and to get the most from it once you arrive. We've presented the facts in a user-friendly way, and used the photography to tell the story as well, with accurate, informative captions and big landscapes that really show the terrain. For the first time, you can see what's being described, and, with the help of the official trail maps, you'll know where you're going before you even get there. The images also reflect the way we feel about mountains, the snow, and skiing and boarding, without feeling the need to invert, ski fake, or leap from a cliff more than once every few pages. Our regional focus allows us to present each ski resort in full detail. Forty destinations are covered in 270 pages, giving the resorts the space they deserve and added value to the reader. To help make resort comparison easier, there are panels summarizing key information throughout the chapters. We tell you how to get there, about the ski village or town, accommodations, après ski, and other activities. But mostly it's about what really counts: the ski area, the lifts, and the best itineraries for beginners, intermediates, advanced, and expert skiers and riders. There are also separate sections for boarders and freestyle skiers, including details of all the main terrain parks. Before you get down to the resorts themselves, there are sections on climate snow, avalanches and mountain safety. In the light of over 50 fatalities in North America last season (2002/03), these pages should help you understand the essentials and ensure you have the necessary training, equipment, and experience before heading out in search of backcountry adventure. Working with a network of local skiers, boarders, and journalists we have spent two years carefully researching this guide with the aim of building an objective and accurate picture of the main North American ski resorts. Just compiling our "Top 40" involved choices that someone, somewhere, will disagree with -- but we hope we reached a fair representation. For comparison, we've included all but two of Ski Magazine's "top 30 North American resorts" based on that magazine's Reader Resorts Survey 2003, and also a further ten resorts including three of Ski Mag's "top five" eastern resorts, and two of the world's best heliskiing operations for those in search of the ultimate deep snow thrills. Next season we will be researching a further ten North American ski and snowboard resorts. We hope you enjoy reading Ski North America and find it helpful when making your choice of ski resort. Please remember that this is an evolving book, which will be updated and extended for future seasons. We welcome your feedback -- it will help us to make this ski guide even more effective in years to come. As Warren Miller, film-maker, said, "The best resort in the world is the one you are skiing that day." This book should help make certain of it. David Holyoak June, 2003 Excerpted from Ski North America by David Holyoak 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

Mountain Facts
Avalanches and Mountain Safety
United States
Mount Bachelor
Sun Valley
Big Sky
Yellowstone Club
Jackson Hole
Northstar at Tahoe
Squaw Valley
Alpine Meadows
Mammoth Mountain
The Canyons
Park City
Deer Valley
Winter Park
Beaver Creek
Copper Mountain
Aspen Snowmass
Crested Butte
New Mexico
Smuggler's Notch
British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
TLH Heliskiing
Banff Lake Louise
Mont Tremblant, Le Massif, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham

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