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SKI Magazine Releases Highly-Anticipated 2007 'Top 50 Resort Guide'

post #1 of 88
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Let the discussion begin:

The top 10 resorts according to SKI Magazine's readers:

1. Vail, Colo.
2. Deer Valley, Utah
3. Snowmass, Colo.
4. Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.
5. Park City, Utah
6. Breckenridge, Colo.
7. Aspen, Colo.
8. Beaver Creek, Colo.
9. Steamboat, Colo.
10. Sun Valley, Idaho

The top 10 resorts in the East according to SKI Magazine's readers:

1. Tremblant, Que.
2. Smugglers Notch, Vt.
3. Whiteface, N.Y.
4. Killington, Vt.
5. Sugarloaf, Maine
6. Stowe, Vt.
7. Sunday River, Maine
8. Okemo, Vt.
9. Holiday Valley, N.Y.
10. Bretton Woods, N.H.

Posted at
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060918/nym217.html?.v=44
post #2 of 88
Boggles my mind why Whiteface is always up there.
post #3 of 88
Does it boggle your mind why DV, PC and SV are in the top ten? It's because these polls are not done by skiers but by people who value fake euro villages and good food over terrain and snow.
post #4 of 88
Yeah it's SKI Magazine.

Doesn't really play to the hard-core skier.



-nerd
post #5 of 88
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
Does it boggle your mind why DV, PC and SV are in the top ten? It's because these polls are not done by skiers but by people who value fake euro villages and good food over terrain and snow.
And Tramblaunt. :

Gimme Snowbird/Alta and I'm happy.
post #6 of 88
As has been said before, the polls reflect the different readership of the different magazines. In skiing magazine, places like Alta/Snowbird and jackson Hole usually do well.
post #7 of 88
"Highly Anticipated"?
Is that why I had trouble sleeping?
post #8 of 88
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
Does it boggle your mind why DV, PC and SV are in the top ten? It's because these polls are not done by skiers but by people who value fake euro villages and good food over terrain and snow.
In last year's thread on this subject, it was pointed out that the results are skewed because the magazine weighs each catagory equally. The poll respondents probably care more about challenge than grooming, snow quality more than dining, etc. This is not reflected in the results.

I don't think we can blame the readers, in fact I don't blame anyone. I applaud SKI for the way they total the points for each resort. The emphasis could be placed on snow, terrain, challenge, lack of crowds. Then "skier's mountains" would "win". The people who ski those mountains would be the losers when the winning mountains attract the attention of the masses and crowds. Good for SKI to highlight the mountains that already are well known, places that are already crowded (and have developed to accommodate said crowds. Detactable lifts, lots of trails, lots of grooming, etc.)
post #9 of 88
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Originally Posted by ski_nerd13 View Post
Yeah it's SKI Magazine.

Doesn't really play to the hard-core skier.



-nerd
Nor does it pretend to -- it's slogan is something like "the magazine for the ski lifestyle." (Thanks, but I prefer magazines for skiers.)

That said, this year's gear guide was fairly well done, with a decent amount of substance.
post #10 of 88
I prefer SKIING's poll- look who wins it every year: Alta/Snowbird. They do there's on snow, terrain, challenge, etc. SKI's includes service, dining, lodging, etc. I love how Vail gets the #1 spot like 3 years in a row, then DV for year, then Vail again.
post #11 of 88
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
Nor does it pretend to -- it's slogan is something like "the magazine for the ski lifestyle." (Thanks, but I prefer magazines for skiers.)

That said, this year's gear guide was fairly well done, with a decent amount of substance.

Fair enough. The only mag I read about skiing is The Professional Skier, which I then nerdily cut out articles, amass them in my folder, and draw mustaches on everyone. muhaha


-nerd
post #12 of 88
I'm absolutely stunned by those picks. Were the same last year, the year before that, and every year for the last 20 years or so (with slight modification just to keep things honetst)?
post #13 of 88
apparently my bragging about tahoe has become useless. is annual snowfall not a part of the scoring? maybe I should get my butt to colorado. sounds like you guys have it made.
post #14 of 88
Well, you know, too much snow, and the fish truck can't get in. And without fresh fish, there goes the sushi. So much for the dining rating.

Also, too much snow, and you have divert important resources from customer service and waste it on avvy control and whatnot. Without magnum suck, there is no . . .

never mind.
post #15 of 88
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apparently my bragging about tahoe has become useless. is annual snowfall not a part of the scoring? maybe I should get my butt to colorado. sounds like you guys have it made.
Shhhhhhhh!!!

I, for one, am perfectly happy to have Tahoe overlooked by the gaping masses. And when they do come this way, please let them continue to go to Heave 'n' lie, Flatstar, and Squawlywood, since those are the only places they know about. (Now that Flatstar has gone all Intrawest, it'll hopefully suck up people who'd rather be closer to RNO than Squaw.)

Skiing keeps putting Alpine in the top 20, but fortunately, the lack of slopeside lodging and dining continues to keep the "destination resort" crew at bay.
post #16 of 88
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
Does it boggle your mind why DV, PC and SV are in the top ten? It's because these polls are not done by skiers but by people who value fake euro villages and good food over terrain and snow.
Sun Valley was one of the originals. There is nothing "fake" about it.
post #17 of 88
I guess these resorts do a good job of providing a reliable snow holiday experience to families and others who require everything laid-on. For a very high price.
post #18 of 88
It's NOT about the skiing.

sidenote: both Ski and Sking are up for sale by their owner, Time/Warner/AOL.
post #19 of 88
I was at the edge of my seat, wondering if which of the many worthy resorts would win it this year....you know 'cause it's been such a topsy turvey few years with soooo many winners, and then I saw Vail. Wow, I was so surprised, like *that* hasn't happened before. Man, those Ski folks sure went out on a limb this year and chose a real dark horse.

Powdr
post #20 of 88
I'm surprised Sun Valley doesn't rate better in this survey actually, as it does the Snow Holiday Experience thing very well indeed, and with more grace.

I suspect it's not on the radar of many people, especially to those who are recent consumers of Snow Holiday Experiences.
post #21 of 88
I'm putting my own vote for my original home hill- Wild Mountain, Minnesota. 330 vert of man-made ice and all the down-to-the-grit skiing one could appreciate. And their fries rock!!
post #22 of 88
I am just glad my favorite mountains are not on the list.
post #23 of 88
I am just glad my favorite mountains are not on the list.
post #24 of 88
Does anyone honestly care what the top 10 are? Does anyone at Epic wait for the results and then go to Vail or Deer Valley or the one year that Whistler was on top? I think not. Maybe the reader surveys should be shuffled. Me thinks the same people get surveyed year after year and hence the same results get printed year after year.
post #25 of 88
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Originally Posted by Toadman View Post
Does anyone honestly care what the top 10 are? Does anyone at Epic wait for the results and then go to Vail or Deer Valley or the one year that Whistler was on top? I think not. Maybe the reader surveys should be shuffled. Me thinks the same people get surveyed year after year and hence the same results get printed year after year.
You'd be really suprised at the number of people who take anything that SKI magazine publishes as gospel. They don't post here, of course; they don't need anything above and beyond SKI's infinite wisdom. Just remember, you're seeing an absolutely minute amount of the skiing community on boards like this.
post #26 of 88
I voted for Deer Valley. Glad to see I could steer people in the right direction. I also voted the Canyons and Aspen (Snow Mass) How come no love for The Caynons?

(You gotta know me to understand)
post #27 of 88

Ski Magazine - Resorts

Telerod 15 - I agree l00% you hit it right on the head. Alpiner- its sort of cool to ski Alpine and know all the really big crowds are at Squally in their BMW's, $1,000 ski outfits and are up on Gold Coast skiing/sliding down the very easy beginneer/int. runs and then going home a saying "I skied the upper expert mountain at Squaw". The really nice thing is all of Nol. Idaho is never on any list. Keep out the hordes. I can ski Christmas and never wait any longer than l min in a lift line. Gad when I skied tahoe I'd put my ski's away for Christmas and then bring them out after New Years.
post #28 of 88
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Telerod 15 - I agree l00% you hit it right on the head. Alpiner- its sort of cool to ski Alpine and know all the really big crowds are at Squally in their BMW's, $1,000 ski outfits and are up on Gold Coast skiing/sliding down the very easy beginneer/int. runs and then going home a saying "I skied the upper expert mountain at Squaw". The really nice thing is all of Nol. Idaho is never on any list. Keep out the hordes. I can ski Christmas and never wait any longer than l min in a lift line. Gad when I skied tahoe I'd put my ski's away for Christmas and then bring them out after New Years.
This is just stupid. Plain and simple. By your own reasoning and since your such a hot shot skier, Squaw would be the perect place to go. Why because as you said "BMW's, $1,000 ski outfits and are up on Gold Coast skiing/sliding down the very easy beginneer/int. runs". That would leave the rest of the mountain empty for you.

In addition the stereotypes of BMW's and $1,000 ski outfits is ridiculous.
post #29 of 88
(I think he skis there and is trying to make it sound bad so it doesn't get crowded) Of course Squaw doesn't get crowded and rich folks with poor skills never ride there.
post #30 of 88
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
(I think he skis there and is trying to make it sound bad so it doesn't get crowded) Of course Squaw doesn't get crowded and rich folks with poor skills never ride there.
yeah the people at squaw are the nicest people in the world to. The biggest surpise to me are that Mammoth is not listed at all in the top ten. Buffalo, Erie and Pittsburgh to certain extent keep voting Holiday Valley, NY into the top ten on the east coast. Just becasue its in your back yard doesnt make it the best.

My prediction Skiing's top resorts will be Jay Peak on the east coast and Alta/Bird on the west coast.
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