Arnie Wilson
Arnie Wilson drifted from national newspaper and TV news and current affairs (on screen and off), celebrity interviewing and travel writing to ski journalism. A midlife passion for the slopes gradually took over his life and he spent 15 years as the Financial Times ski correspondent before taking over as editor of the Ski Club of Great Britain’s magazine, Ski+board between 2001 and 2014. He entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1994 after skiing for 365 consecutive days in 240 resorts in 13 countries, and recently completed a 35 year mission to ski in all 37 US states with ski lifts. This year he notched up his 710th ski area worldwide. He has written or co-written five ski books.

Entries by Arnie Wilson

The Powder Man - Paul Youden's Debut Thriller

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Is it a good idea to review books written by friends? I'm not sure. But since my old chum Paul Youden has written his first thriller (with talk of a sequel) it would be churlish not to. Especially as he changed my life (definitely for the better) when, as editor...

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"You Are Dead" Now Published in America

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 2:39 PM

Well I'll be! He's done it again. But how? You Are Dead, the best-selling author Peter James' 11th annual offering about a fictional British detective, Roy Grace, may just be his best yet.

Well, his publishers would say that, wouldn't they? After all, they said it last year after...

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The House On Cold Hill - Peter James' First Full-Length Ghost Story in 20 years

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Page 5 of Peter James' latest ghost-ridden thriller, The House on Cold Hill, ends with a terrific and completely unexpected shock - but it's just the beginning of a horror-go-round ("merry" doesn't really do it) that makes this book un-put-down-able. Mind you, putting it down was very tempting in order...

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Skiing the Tatras - The Where? Or Should That Be..the What?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Somehow I'd never had a chance to try the ski areas in the High Tatras. Or the Low Tatras for that matter (both are part of the Carpathian Mountains, although I didn't really know anything about them till I got there). The Tatras, as it turns out, offer all kinds...

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The Last Pub in Fleet Street

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:58 PM

The Last Pub in Fleet Street - A Reporter's notebook by Revel Barker

London's Fleet Street area - where just about every major national British newspaper was compiled and printed for many decades until the 1980s - was virtually a village on its own. A village and a veritable institution...

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Colorado Gems: They May Not Be Aspen or Vail - but They're Huge Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 6:01 PM

"In the 21st century, ski resorts are not built with tinker toy towers, army surplus generators, and a wing and a prayer. In the mid-1940s, when skiing had all the appeal of a deep freeze...a hearty group of pioneers sold stock, cut down trees, put up 'lifts' and voila -...

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The Scattered - by Richard Holledge

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 8:31 AM

The Scattered by Richard Holledge
I was having one of those chats about the meaning of life - from the fall of the British Labour Party to the rise of Donald Trump's comb over - when our conversation turned to the plight of the refugees forced out of their...

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Wish You Were Here...Mike Roberts: The Life & Times of America's Postcard King

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 7:19 PM

It has taken Bob Roberts a quarter of a century - during which time he was heavily preoccupied running California's ski industry as President and CEO - to get his father Mike's life story into print. The result is a fascinating glossy tome called Wish You Were Here...The Life And...

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You Are Dead: Peter James' Latest Blockbuster

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:08 AM

Drat! He's done it again. But how? You Are Dead, the best-selling author Peter James' 11th annual offering about a fictional British detective, Roy Grace, may just be his best yet. Well, his publishers would say that, wouldn't they? After all, they said it last year after the publication of...

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Ski, Then Party in Ischgl. Sleep? Forget it!

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 4:47 PM

The Ischgl dilemma - party late or ski early? Many visitors manage both!
By Arnie Wilson

One of the most remarkable characteristics of the great Austrian skiing champion Hermann Maier was - and doubtless still is - his extraordinary ability to burn the candle at both ends, if you'll...

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A Deadly Duel

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 7:45 PM

Arnie Wilson goes skiing with an award-winning thriller writer

We'd gone to bed early after a wonderful dinner of "Walser" dumplings, risotto with apples, walnuts and local Fontina cheese, stewed venison with polenta and mash, followed by apple fritters and canestrelli (little...

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The Dangers of Early Morning Texts

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 8:09 AM

This is a true story.
It happened just the other day.
My good friend Leo, who lives in my town but whose roots are in Gibraltar where his partner Lourdes lives (he visits her every month) sends her a loving text in Spanish every morning from Sussex.

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Hard to Fake? Tears on Stage

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 2:55 PM

The other night my wife Vivianne and I saw a London production of Skylight - starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan - and at one stage Carey Mulligan starts crying. Unlike making a movie, where the camera can switch off allowing an actor to be able to add water to...

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'Sea Devils: Pioneer Submariners' by John Swinfield

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:22 PM

"As the motor vehicle has driven the horse from the road, so has the submarine driven the battleship from the sea": Admiral Sir Percy Scott, at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914.

No-one alive today was around back in the late 19th century when the first functioning submarines appeared on...

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Want You Dead by Peter James

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Peter James celebrated 10 years of Roy Grace - the fictional Brighton (UK) police chief superintendent that has seen James move from the championship to the premiership of crime writing - with Want You Dead. For those unfamiliar with his books, every one he's written since Dead Simple kicked off...

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Blood & Sand by BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 4:16 PM

The most evocative page of the BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner's updated memoir Blood & Sand is one that even readers with acute 20-20 vision would probably need a magnifying glass to read. It's the then confidential medical report from the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh the day after...

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A Message from Alpha Rameses

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:11 AM

Hearing exciting but unconfirmed rumors that scientists at the Arecibo Observatory - which monitors potential signals for the SETI programme (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) in the remote hinterland of Puerto Rico - had picked up a series of unexplained sounds from deep space, I rang my contact there to try...

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Storming the Eagle's Nest

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Storming the Eagle's Nest, by Jim Ring, is published by Faber and Faber.

Did you know that on April 25, 1945, 359 Lancaster bombers blitzed Hitler's lair high above Berchtesgaden? Nor did I until I read Jim Ring's latest book. Hitler wasn't at home, but he killed himself five days...

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The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 6:19 PM

'Pregnant camels ordinarily sit down carefully. Perhaps their joints creak!'

OK, it's not his original mnemonic to help remember geological eras, but just about everything else in his remarkably all-encompassing and superbly illustrated book about dinosaurs is the result of Keiron Pim's own intensive work and research -- and what...

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Review: Perilous Moon: Occupied France, 1944 - The End Game

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:40 AM

The barely credible story of German air-ace Helmut Bergmann's murderous but triumphant 46 minutes of ice-cold attacking genius against a wave of RAF bombers two nights after Easter, 1944 sounds as though it should have been dismissed as the kind of fiction found in a schoolboy comic. But as the...

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