Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Where to Ski and Snowboard 2009" Launch

The launch event for Where to Ski and Snowboard 2009, Britain's leading annual guide to winter sports resorts, took place in London on Monday 8 September. The guide launch party marks one of the first social gatherings of the new winter season. This year 130 guests join Editors Chris Gill and Dave Watts, and team, at the National Liberal Club London. The event was co-hosted by the Association of Snow Sports Countries (ASC), launching their Freshers' Ski Week (January 2009) - free beginner packages in 46 resorts for anyone fancying their first go at skiing and boarding.
The guide has made three awards to resorts for outstanding service or improvements they are offering skiers and snowboarders. In this year edition Best North American Resort 2008 went to Whistler for the Peak to Peak gondola. The European award goes to the SkiWelt, for their new connection to Westendorf. And Deer Valley, Utah won Best Service to Expert Skiers - recognising the unusual free Black Diamond mountain tours.
The 600 pages guide includes a detailed description and evaluation of over 430 resorts (in around 150 areas) in the Alps, North America, the Pyrenees, eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Japan and Scotland.