Ski Magazine is out with its annual
Reader Resort Survey, where skiers rank the resorts based on a number
of criteria. As usual, Utah
placed very well.
Top Utah honors,
again, go to Deer Valley. For the third year in a row, the Utah
resort is No. 2 in overall voting. Over the past 10 years, Deer
Valley has been voted No. 1 six times and No. 2 four times.
Among voters, Park
City Mountain Resort placed No. 7, Canyons Resort No. 14, Snowbird
Ski and Summer Resort No. 21, Alta Ski Resort No. 28, Solitude Resort
No. 29 and Snowbasin No. 30.
This past summer, SKI Magazine sent
out 215,000 digital voting ballots. The 12,000 who voted submitted
41,000 resort reviews in 18 categories.
Deer Valley, for example, received the
most votes in seven of the 18 categories, which included grooming,
service, access, on-mountain food, lodging, dining and family
Utah resorts, in fact, completely
dominated the two categories skiers value most — access and snow
Of the top 10 listed for best access,
Utah resorts placed seven — Deer Valley (No. 1), Park City Mountain
Resort (No. 2), Canyons (No. 3), Snowbird (No. 5), Alta (No. 6),
Solitude (No. 7) and Brighton (No. 8).
In the area of best snow, Utah resorts
took five of the 10 spots — Alta (No. 2), Powder Mountain (No. 3),
Snowbird (No. 5), Brighton (No. 6) and Solitude (No. 7). No. 1 was
Wolf Creek, Colorado.
In overall satisfaction, Alta was No.
2, Snowbird No. 4, Deer Valley No. 7 and Powder Mountain No. 9.
For overall best value, Powder
Mountain rated No. 3, Snowbird was No. 4 in variety and in the area
of lifts, Deer Valley was No. 3.