Patrick Thorne

Patrick Thorne - Ghostwriter

Inverness, Scotland

World's number one expert on ski resorts. Researching and writing year-round about winter-sports travel destinations for 35 years. Unique.

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Overview

I'm the world's leading expert on ski resorts, my first book on skiing published 35 years ago when I was 20, a dozen more since and contributing to many more projects by others over the years. I built the first database of over 6,000 ski areas located in 90 countries in the 1990s, licensed to the BBC and Microsoft in the era of CD ROMs and the early internet I'm a writer, editor and researcher for dozens of magazines, newspapers, cartographic projects, websites worldwide. I've visited more than 3000 ski areas around the world personally, often travelling with my family and have unrivaled ski industry knowledge and contacts.

My unparalleled knowledge of ski resorts includes much more than their ski runs, mountains, scenery, access, restaurants, hotels and off-slope activities. I've detailed religious buildings, medical facilities, connections to the world's royalty, history, family facilities and suitability, flora and fauna - everything about them. I have worked on numerous projects for books, apps, websites, atlases, directories, magazines, databases, videos and TV shows around the world from my office, The Snow Centre, on my eight -acre small-holding n the Highlands of Scotland.

Apart from the most extensive general knowledge of the global winter-sports travel business, I have a number of niche specialties including being an expert of climate change and ski resorts (I've run since 2004), indoor snow centres and artificial surface ski slopes which has won an award from the International Skiing History Organisation in 2020. I have also researched and self-published a book on snow and mountains located by NASA and other agencies on other planets and moons in the solar system, Snow In Space.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Sports & Outdoors
Travel

Awards

  • NATJA Awards 2000 Sports, Recreation, and Adventure Category, article for UA Hemispheres magazine. https://www.natja.org/awards
  • International Skiing History Association Cyber Award 2020 or DrySlopeNews.com https://www.skiinghistory.org/events
  • Named as “One of 20 People To Know in Ski” by The Times of London newspaper.

Work experience

Snow Hunter

Self-employed
September, 1984 – Present (almost 36 years)

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Low Down on the Slopes

Patrick Thorne

Powder: The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet

Patrick Thorne

The most impressive, thrilling and scenic ski runs in the world, Powder is the definitive guide to the top ski and snowboard locations. This comprehensive and visually stunning feast of snow-bound derring-do showcases the very best and most feared descents in the world. Along with classics like Chamonix, Whistler, and Jackson Hole, this book also covers more off-the-beaten-path and exotic loca... read more

The most impressive, thrilling and scenic ski runs in the world, Powder is the definitive guide to the top ski and snowboard locations. This comprehensive and visually stunning feast of snow-bound derring-do showcases the very best and most feared descents in the world. Along with classics like Chamonix, Whistler, and Jackson Hole, this book also covers more off-the-beaten-path and exotic loca... read more

Frommer's Best Walking Trips in Scotland (Great Walks)

Felicity Martin, Colin Hutchison, Patrick Thorne

Features beautiful day hikes that include small towns only an hour or two from Edinburgh and Glasgow The incredible scenery and variety of the Borders region, with everything from half-day strolls to the world-renowned 340 km Southern Upland Way An array of easy walks that combine castles, Speyside whisky, and coastal trails near Inverness and Aberdeen The magnificent coastline and forest walk... read more

Features beautiful day hikes that include small towns only an hour or two from Edinburgh and Glasgow The incredible scenery and variety of the Borders region, with everything from half-day strolls to the world-renowned 340 km Southern Upland Way An array of easy walks that combine castles, Speyside whisky, and coastal trails near Inverness and Aberdeen The magnificent coastline and forest walk... read more

Off the Beaten Track Scotland

Patrick Thorne

Guiding the traveller to secret places that exemplify the culture and beauty of the Scottish highlands, the newest guide in an acclaimed series features fourteen itineraries and recommendations for food and lodging in the best Scottish tradition. Original. IP.

Guiding the traveller to secret places that exemplify the culture and beauty of the Scottish highlands, the newest guide in an acclaimed series features fourteen itineraries and recommendations for food and lodging in the best Scottish tradition. Original. IP.

Handbook to Skiing the Alps

Provides thorough, up-to-date information on one hundred European resorts, including ski and snow conditions, amenities, nightlife, sightseeing, and other sports available

Provides thorough, up-to-date information on one hundred European resorts, including ski and snow conditions, amenities, nightlife, sightseeing, and other sports available

The Rough Guide Rock: The Definitive Guide to More than 1200 Artists and Bands (3rd Edition: Expanded and Completely Revised)

Compiles career biographies of over 1,200 artists and rock music reviews written by fans covering every phase of rock from R&B through punk and rap.

Compiles career biographies of over 1,200 artists and rock music reviews written by fans covering every phase of rock from R&B through punk and rap.

Austria (Off the Beaten Track)

Don Philpott, Lindsey Porter, Alan Proctor

Austria (Off the Beaten Track), Paperback Edition.

Austria (Off the Beaten Track), Paperback Edition.

Berlitz Ski Guide France

Tessa Coker

Rates and describes the facilities, ski schools, runs, lifts, season, and prices for ski resorts in France

Rates and describes the facilities, ski schools, runs, lifts, season, and prices for ski resorts in France

Berlitz Ski Guide Italy (Ski Guides)

Patrick Thorne

Rates and describes the facilities, altitude, ski schools, runs, lifts, season, and prices for ski resorts in Italy

Rates and describes the facilities, altitude, ski schools, runs, lifts, season, and prices for ski resorts in Italy

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