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Excellent color photographs complement the text. (Thomas Fry American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 2004-01-00)

Opening the book at the start of winter is as exciting as the first dump of powder on the mountain. (Terry Richards Portland Oregonian 2003-11-23)

Makes planning a breeze... stunning photographs along with detailed information. (Karen Haymon Long Tampa Tribune 2003-12-07)

Hybrid coffee-table/guidebook... features stunning photography along with detailed information on 40 top ski destinations to suit every level of skier. (Associated Press 2003-11-02)

The focus is clearly on the ski area itself: the lifts and the best itineraries for all skill levels. (Ronnie Rittenberry FrontDoor 2004-12-00)

A helpful encyclopedia for planning your next ski holiday. (Ski Canada 2003-11-00)

About the Author

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

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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Sports Guide
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552978281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552978283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Being new to the States as well as a crazy skier I spent hours on the net trying to collect information about different resorts. This book is the first, and so far the only book, that gives very detailed, professional overview while providing non-biased information about resorts. I visited many resorts in the States in the last 2 years and compared my impressions with the reviews in the book - you can relay on the book! Great advantage of this edition is a an amount of illustrations such as aerial photos, maps of the area, etc. I wish there will be similar book about skiing in Europe.
On the down side I would expect more info about resorts on the NE (for example, my favorite Whiteface is not included).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By +++ on November 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Some things which one finds on the first pages of this book make you wonder if the author knows what he writes about, or if he has ever been to these resorts. For example, on page 25 the author gives the rating of the steepness of ski runs and classifies green runs ("what is this, a golf course?") as slope with steepness of 10 to 25 degrees, and blue runs as slopes with steepness of 25 to 30 degrees. This makes you wonder if the author has the slightest clue what the 30 degree angle means, or what kind of slope it is. In fact, many mountains don't even have any runs steeper than 30 degrees, and it is uncommon to rank slopes under 20 degrees as black diamonds (e.g. backside runs at Northstar have average pitch of 18 degrees). Likewise, Top ten ranking on pp. 12-13 seem to be pulled out of the blue sky. Snowbird somehow got to the 5th place in the "mostly easy" ranking (has the author ever skied Snowbird or seen it from the parking lot??? Sure, if 25 degrees is green, Snowbird is easy!), while Heavenly is on the 6th place for low skiers density (how about 10-15 mins lift lines on weekdays in 2003 when this book was published?? The most crowded mountain in CA is the only one on the low skiers density in this ranking! Sure, everyone can divide published nominal acreage (including cliffs, dense forest, and everything within boundaries) by uphill lift capacity, but what is the value of this number?). The rest of the book, upon closer inspection, is just as inaccurate and superficial. Besides beautiful color pictures, including geographical maps and trail maps, there is nothing there that one can't find on the web sites of the corresponding mountains, no insider information, nothing that can help understand if this mountain is for you. I'll give you another example - Sierra at Tahoe.Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "xtz00" on January 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
David Holyoak's Ski North America Guide is first class. Nothing like this has been published before. This stocky, well-illustrated guide to all the significant North American ski resorts contains intelligent, un-flowery text and good practical advice. A must for any skier or snowboarder seeking the reality behind the American dream, I wish I'd written it myself.
Arnie Wilson, ski author and editor, Financial Times ski correspondent for 18 years who, in 1994, became the first person to ski for 365 consecutive days (Guinness Book of Records), including more than 100 resorts in North America
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book by far surpasses excellent. If you are planning a ski trip and are interested in going somewhere new this book seems to have it all. It lists every major ski area in the United States. Every ski resort mentioned is chronicaled by state and gives you area and mountain facts and most have their trail map pictured as well. It also lists local airports, directions from most areas to the ski resort as well as lodging suggestions. I could go on and on about the other little tidbits within the publication but you'll just have to read it yourself.
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