About Us

SkiSnowboardEurope.com's roots go back to the late '70s when Charlie Leocha published his first North American destination-based ski guide. The '80s followed with publication of other guides including the Ski Europe Guide.

The simple goal of the guides is to inform, entertain and inspire our readers to have a better recreation experience and SkiSnowboardEurope.com now offers this information across the Internet.

We describe the flavor, the feel, the personality of each resort. Deciding where you want to spend your vacation is more than just an equation of condo, lifts and vertical. The warmth of the resort, friendliness of its people and demands of its slopes are the memories you'll savor long after the snow has melted.

Our team of award-winning journalists and editors provide trusted, accurate and complete data and news on snow destination resorts in North America and Europe. Pictured above are members of Ski America & Canada's award-winning staff at Beaver Creek, Colorado: (standing left to right) Steve Giordano, Peggy McKay Shinn, Claudia Carbone, Andy Bill, Lynn Rosen, Susan Graham Staples; (kneeling) Karen Cummings, Hilary Nangle, Charlie Leocha, James Kitfield, Christopher Elliott and Diane Scholfield.

Strong Roots in the Snow Industry

Charles LeochaCEO
Charlie has been involved in publishing since 1977. He founded a leisure-time magazine for the U.S. military in Europe that is still in circulation. Charlie started World Leisure, which has 14 titles in circulation including the top-selling ski guidebook pair in America—Ski America & Canada (formerly Skiing America) and Ski Europe. He contributes to AOL, Travellady and The Ticked-Off Tourist. He is the author of more than 30 guidebooks and Travel Rights, a guide to travelers' rights. His articles have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers.

Charlie lives in New England and has skied virtually every major international resort. He is a black-diamond skier, but a double-diamond après-skier. The rest of us bow to his energy and dancing ability. He's also the only Ski America & Canada staffer who knows which resorts have the best wine lists and the best bacon-and-eggs breakfasts. He is a member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

In Memorium: Bob GillenEditorial Director
After a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Bob died in November 2000. He is greatly missed by our staff and his many friends in the ski industry. In addition to being our editorial director, Bob was the publisher of The Snow Industry Letter, a ski-industry trade newsletter. He once served as the Marketing Director at Stowe Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort, both in Vermont, and the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Crested Butte, Colorado. Prior to that he was Executive Editor of Ski Magazine and Editor of Tennis USA Magazine.

Contributors to Ski Snowboard America and SkiSnowboardEurope.com

Hilary Nangle, our Eastern Editor, dropped out of grad school to work at a ski area. She is a NASJA and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) member and writes regularly for ski and travel magazines. She has contributed to more than a dozen Fodor's Travel Guides. She has visited just about every B&B and country inn in Maine. A Mainer through and through, she believes the ideal skier's lunch is a bowl of lobster stew.

Diane Slezak Scholfield, a near-native Southern Californian, remembers when getting off the chair lift without falling was her biggest challenge. She now skis black diamonds, but only on sunny spring days. She's our best scout for beginner and intermediate trails, mellow après-ski, microbrews on tap, and bagel-and-coffee breakfasts. She edits SnowLink.com and has won NASJA's Excellence in Snowsports Journalism–Writing award three times.

Lynn Rosen is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster, producer and writer at "border station" KVOS-TV in Bellingham, WA. That's just her day job. She's also a theater critic and travel/ski writer. Mountain scenery is quite dramatic, so it's fitting that Lynn belongs to the American Theater Critics Association as well as NASJA. She also is one of the staff champion shoppers, a pushover for unique jewelry and clothing.

Steve Giordano is a veteran ski and travel journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, radio and television. He used to be a ski patroller, but switched to ski journalism after pulling one too many drunks out of snowy creeks. A skier for more than 20 years, he switched to snowboarding a few years ago. He is a member of NASJA and SATW. He's also married to Lynn Rosen, and they make sure our Northwest entries are up-to-date.

Peggy McKay Shinn, a Westerner at heart, is now a resident Vermonter. She has skied at most major U.S. resorts, where she seeks out the terrain that makes the rest of us grow weak in the knees. A NASJA member, she cast aside a graduate degree in environmental engineering to write full-time. She gives us the real scoop on child care and nursery facilities. Much to her mother's dismay, Peggy has vowed not to let motherhood slow her down.

Karen Cummings has been writing about skiing for more than a decade. She lives life, balanced between Boston and Maine, with a smile. Karen began skiing at the tender age of 25 and immediately discovered après-ski—her specialty. These days her nightlife forays are "research." Karen is an expert shopper and has bought something at every resort she visits. She is also our cross-country aficionado who loves a workout with skating skis.

Claudia Carbone lives in the woods, minutes from Breckenridge in her native state of Colorado. Her idea of a great day is dancing through knee-deep Rocky Mountain powder. Claudia writes for many publications. Her groundbreaking book, WomenSki, established her as a national authority on women's skiing. Claudia is a founder of Snow Sports Association for Women and is the recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award from Colorado Ski Country and NASJA's Excellence in Snowsports Journalism–Writing award.

Andrew Bill has worked as a travel journalist for nearly 20 years, contributing to leading consumer magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic. Andy has written about adventure travel and alcoholic potables—he produces "The Best Bars Of The World" supplement for Newsweek International and so, ski writing was a natural progression. Our staff's witty Brit describes himself as "an avid if erratic skier."

Jeannie Patton was first published in 8th grade and she still sees life as a kid. She lived in Steamboat Springs as a ski bum, then worked for the ski area as Director of Public Relations. Author of hundreds of articles and a former editor at Ski Magazine, she knows that all good things come to those who hang out in high places.

James Kitfield is an expert après-skier who first met Charlie dancing in a conga line through a bar in Verbier, Switzerland. Life has been downhill since, at least as often as he can manage trips to the mountains. On the slopes he points his skis down double diamonds and prides himself on making few turns. Amazingly, he has a serious side. He has been awarded the Gerald R. Ford prize twice for distinguished reporting, and the Jesse H. Neal award for excellence in reporting. His first book, Prodigal Soldiers, was published by Simon & Schuster.

Christopher Elliott is an accomplished travel journalist and a well-known travel curmudgeon. However, skiing is one activity that keeps him smiling. He has been living between the Florida Keys and Annapolis, but makes time to get away to the slopes. He teams up with Kari Haugeto who, alas, surveys hotels, restaurants and shopping while he skis.

Kari Haugeto is of Norwegian descent so her skiing genes go way back to her historic roots. She is one of our premier shoppers, a steadfast hotel inspector and our upscale nightlife expert. She spent the past few years stationed in Annapolis as the Navy Band's lead vocalist. She also is one of the founders and the webmaster of www.cocktail.com.

Mitch Kaplan took up the pen to support his inexhaustible ski habit and has been covering skiing, adventure and family travel ever since. He currently holds the unofficial New Jersey state record for the most consecutive days spent dreaming about playing in the snow. The author of several books and a member of NASJA, SATW and ASJA, he lives with his non-skiing wife, Penny, two college-age children who won't empty the nest and a gorgeous mutt named Callie.


Bob Aubrey is a snowboarder pure and simple. If there's snow piling up in the Rockies, you'll be sure to find him out riding. He's been just about everywhere you'd want to go on a board, and prides himself on the knowledge he's picked up over his 15+ years of riding. Always planning for the next session, he'll sometimes space his necessary journalistic duties, like paying his NASJA membership on time. (Shown here logging)




Karuna Eberl started snowboarding in the Colorado high country in 1988, before the hoards, and later took a sabbatical from college to be a snowboard bum in Utah. She now works from her home in Rollinsville, Colorado, as a full-time freelance writer, photographer and editor—that is, when she's not out showing up the guys on the hill. Oh, and she's also a member of NASJA.



Wade Nelson is a freelance writer living in Durango, Colorado. When snowboarding began to take off, Wade decided to catch that wave despite catching numerous edges. Never one to quit, he hasn't looked backexcept at the "esses" he now leaves behind on his carving board. Wade is a founding member of Purgatory's over-35 snowboarding club: "Greys on Trays."

Vanessa Reese considers herself to be the world's first "black-diamond virtual skier." Before strapping on a pair of skis for the first time in the year 2001, the closest thing that this Harvard grad had come to a ski slope was the blizzard of '78. She has worked on Ski America & Canada and Ski Europe for several years and is now the webmaster for SkiSnowboardEurope.com.

Scott Staples, Bradley Staples, 14, and Joshua Staples, 11, were thumb-wrestled into contributing to the family and snowboarding coverage for the Banff Region chapters (Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Ski Banff @ Norquay), Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park, the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and Jay Peak Resort, Vermont. Avid snowboarders Gavin Forbes Ehringer and Marie Daigle Thompson also wrote some of our snowboarding coverage. Katy Keck, our gourmet consultant, is recognized as one of the Top 30 Women Chefs in the World.

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