When you think about why Vail, Telluride, Deer Valley, Whistler, and PCMR are rated so high, it’s obvious. Fast lifts, great snow, great terrain, great lodging, great food, and a hoppin’ après. When you combine all of those and judge resorts on their ability to hit ALL of those criteria, it makes sense.
Of course, the TGR, Unofficial Network and Epicski folks don’t care about all of those features. It’s terrain and snow. That’s the bottom line. If we had to make our own survey, it would likely look like this: