We are pleased to present the
fourteenth edition of The Blue
Book of European Ski Resorts. It is designed for an Internet audience
that wants quick and easy access to information on major resorts throughout
Although you can jump directly from the
navigation bar on the cover page to a country map and then to a
specific resort, you also have the flexibility to go through the book
page by page, following the arrows at the top or bottom of each page.
Links are what make the book “user friendly.” Not
only can you move freely through the pages, but you can also connect to
websites of the resorts. On each of our pages, you can click on the URL
and go to the home page of the resort’s tourist office. Several clicks and
you can be viewing a hotel room in the destination village.
We have links to the
offices of our sponsors----Austrian Tourist Office, Switzerland Tourism,
Innsbruck/Tyrol, and Best of the Alps. They
offer direct communication to their websites for extensive information and
outstanding photography. You can savor a vacation long before you board a
One major benefit to
viewers is our relationship with
OnTheSnow.com, the world’s oldest and largest winter sports website.
Want to know how the snow is in St. Anton or what’s doing in Davos? Find
links that appear often throughout the book. Want to flesh out statistics
on our Bad Gastein page with editorial commentary, link to
We have simplified how we
present rates on lift tickets, ski schools, and equipment rentals. Instead
of listing rates on the bottom of a resort’s page, we have incorporated
them in a special rate section, where we present a general
overview and describe ranges that vacationers can expect.
Much of the material here has been assembled by old
friends with perhaps 200 combined years of experience in the majestic
mountains of Europe. Bob Enzel, Richard Muello, George Schissler and Bob
Wall continue as contributing editors. We have stories from
other writers, who also are veteran skiers: Claire Walter, Paul Hand, Bob
Dever, Mitch Kaplan and Phil Johnson. Many of the photographs in
this edition were taken by Fred McKinney.
The sponsors and staff of The Blue Book hope you
enjoy this new edition and use it to plan a memorable holiday in the snow.