Ski Magazine Readers Rank North America's Best Resorts
Ski Magazine is out with its annual Reader Resort Survey, where skiers rank the resorts based on a number of criteria. As usual, Utah resorts placed very well.
This Deseret News article breaks down the results. Below are excerpts.
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 programs.
Utah resorts, in fact, completely dominated the two categories skiers value most — access and snow conditions.
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.