|Originally posted by feal:
It's a resort vacation ranking, not a ski area ranking!
I hate the way they market the list, but it isn't particularly aimed at the very best ski areas. ...Maybe we should all be happy about that, since an awful lot of gapers will believe all the fluff and choose accordingly.
If it is taken with a grain of salt, the list does do a pretty good job of ranking areas that are great vacation sites, with very good skiing mixed in.
Exactly Feal. These lists are usually assembled with the following in mind:
Ease of access (roads and airports)
Lodging (especially slopeside from moderate to ultra luxurious)
amenities (spas, babysitting, apres ski, sight seeing tours, etc)
mix of terrain, especially family oriented, lower level terrain
snow quality/quantity (not so much for the powder hounds, but the groomer cruisers)
restaurants and night life
ski schools and children's programs
and let us never forget advertising dollars spent per year in the mag help a bit too.
They rarely take into account the serious skier who really just wants tracks all day long a few beers afterward and a warm bed...or even a car to sleep in [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
I can see why Vail gets the top billing here. The village is legendary and offers something for everyone as does the mountain. It's HUGE and it's easily serviced via Eagle/Vail airport or Denver. It is a self contained ski vacation that is easy to sell to the general public. The majority of the others are as well although a few on that list don't really fit IMO, but I guess they needed 30.