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

Day of the Dodo - A Surreal but Oh-So-Witty Romp From 1970s Fleet Street to Paradise Found

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 7:40 AM

What were the chances of meeting both a live Dodo AND a live Richard John Bingham (the notorious 7th Lord Lucanl) in 1975?

The way Michael Horsnell tells it, it could just have happened. And if you read his hilarious black comedy of a novel, you might just be in...

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2016: A Swimming Pool Odyssey

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 12:17 PM

I am standing on the veranda of a delightful sun-drenched villa in Corsica, overlooking an inviting near-Olympic sized swimming pool. A small forest formed of a myriad species of pine, Bougainvillea rhododendron and palms separates us from the Mediterranean bay which shimmers just beyond where we are lazing away the...

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The War Reporter Who Traded Velvet-Glove Punches With Muhammad Ali

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 5:06 PM

And so we say farewell to Cassius Marcellus Clay, better known of course as Muhammad Ali, the most famous heavyweight boxing champion of all time. "It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am" he once said. Probably more than once in fact. He also said: "It's...

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How a British Gardener Gave Me Goosebumps in Sweden

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 7:27 AM

How often have you truly felt - in your mind at least if not physically - the sensation of "goosebumps"...the slightly scary reaction to cold, fear or excitement? It's quite rare.

When the great Austrian ski champion Franz Klammer watched his sensational Olympic downhill run filmed during the 1976 Innsbruck...

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Love You Dead - Peter James's Latest Roy Grace Novel Is to Die For!

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 12:59 PM

I settled down in bed for an early night, eager to start Peter James's latest blockbuster about his Brighton detective, Roy Grace: Love You Dead.

But I didn't get past the first page. Because my Swedish wife Vivianne put down her magazine and gently grabbed the book from me, and...

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Trying to Ski and Stay Sober in Colorado's Winter Sports Capital

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 6:19 AM

Unlike Europeans in the Alps, Americans tend to look at you disapprovingly when you drink on the slopes - but boy , do they sometimes make up for it in the evenings! But we'll deal with that later. First let's talk about Vail, the HQ of the largest ski resort...

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Ticket to Ride - Around the World on 49 Unusual Train Journeys by Tom Chesshyre

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 3:24 AM

One of my favourite truisms about rail travel is that the only way to guarantee you don't miss your train is to just miss the one directly before the one you actually wanted to catch.
I like trains and certainly, when possible, prefer them to planes. In fact my...

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The Dolomites: Dramatic Peaks and Delicious Dining

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 11:59 AM

The Italian poet and journalist Dino Buzzati once asked "Are they rocks or clouds? Are they real, or is this a dream?" He was speaking about the Dolomites, a magnificent section of the Alps - yet very different from the mountains of Switzerland, France, Austria - and even the rest...

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Stunning - Even If You Don't Ski!

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 7:35 AM

Why Oming? joked a non-skiing friend when I told him I'd been enjoying a week in Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the stunning ski area that had just been celebrating its 50th anniversary. Well here's why!

In December 1965 this cult ski resort opened its slopes in the "cowboy state" to...

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Reverse Ferret - A Fleet Street Classic by W.M.Boot

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 6:31 AM

Reverse Ferret is a book about Fleet Street. And the suspicious, somewhat sexually explicit death - was it murder? - of the editor of the mythical "Sunday Chronicle".
Not just any book about London's famous (former) national newspaper HQ but one of the best - racy, intelligent, witty, slick,...

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Vail - Formerly Known As Colorado

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 6:38 PM

If Vail is the Holy Grail, in "Breck" it's what the heck (let's do it anyway!) That's another way of saying that in Colorado (look away now, Aspen - but we still love you) skiers can be divided into two distinct camps - Vail or Breckenridge aficionados.

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The Longest Run: The man who skied every day for 8 years!

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 1:03 PM

Rainer Hertrich is something of an unsung hero. Back in November 2003, the German-born snow groomer (someone who spends much of the night driving a snowcat preparing slopes for skiers to enjoy the following day) decided to ski every day for a few weeks just for something to do before...

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We're Away From Our Desks - Racing in the City Ski Championships

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 5:24 AM

Some 630 miles from their desks in the City, bankers, brokers, traders, lawyers and other members of London's financial and business community found themselves hurtling down the slopes of Verbier in the annual Momentum City Ski Championships - held for the first time in this celebrated Swiss resort. It was...

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At Last - the 'Eddie the Eagle' Film!

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 12:18 PM

When the colourful Olympic ski jumper Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards got the film distribution company behind the long-awaited movie of his lovable and brave - some would say foolhardy - exploits at the 1988 Canadian Winter Games Olympics, to organise an informal screening, he was more nervous than when...

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My Perfect Day on Skis

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 8:55 AM

In the ski business we are often asked to write about some celebrity's "perfect day". Well for once this is - self-indulgently - about my own. A sort of "my perfect day selfie" if you like. Or at least my perfect ski weekend. But to be honest it didn't start...

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It's Breathtaking! Breathing Thin Air At the Top of the New Skyway Monte Bianco

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 5:47 AM

Sometimes in a skier's life skiing itself is not the only reward. Thus it was when I climbed, like an astronaut, it seemed to me - into what must be the most modern ski lift in the world - I was truly excited by the prospect, even though I already...

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My Friendly Little Austrian Ski Lift Has Morphed Into a monster - but I Guess That's Progress!

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 4:53 AM

Whenever I find myself in urgent need of some mountain air and high jinks to blow away the cobwebs of a busy autumn, I head for the Alps. One of my favourite haunts is Obergurgl, in Austria, which has almost become a second home. A long-time favourite with British skiers,...

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The Powder Man - Paul Youden's Debut Thriller

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 1:33 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 | 1:39 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 | 12:34 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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