Has a long time reader of Ski magazine, who just re-uped for another three years like a common street walker, their resort rankings well, boarder on absurdity. Really is Deer Valley or Beaver Creek even in the same universe as Whistler or Jackson Hole? Contrary to marketing assertions, if a skier can't find expert terrain on some of these high ranked hills, it's likely because he skied it and never noticed. One gets the impression from the Ski magazine resort reviewers, that they put DV six slots ahead of BC because, while skiing at Beaver Creek they detected some residual turbulence, in the space-time continuum from the World Cup Birds of Prey downhill. That vague uneasy feeling, caused them to topple over on an immaculate, Blue corduroy slope and so ski resort rankings are made.
To bring sanity and objectivity to the resort ranking process, one can hardly do better than to consult not the opinion of anyone, but instead merely look at the mountains where the 13 men and women, North American qualifiers, of the 2015 Freeride World Tour hail from;
Alta/Snowbird UT; two skiers
Arapahoe Basin CO
Bridger Bowl MT
Crested Butte CO
Crystal Mountain WA; two skiers
Jackson Hole WY
Mad River Glen VT
Squaw Valley CA
Even the East Coast is covered. One can argue that some well deserving mountains, are not represented such has Big Sky MT, but maybe the price of a season pass is to dang high. Also left out are the comparable Powder Highway resorts of interior British Columbia;
And there maybe a case for a very, very few others, but overall this is all the resort ranking one should need. So pull the 203 pro model, Shiros out of the shed and move out fearlessly.