For a third straight year SKI Magazine annual "Top Resort Guide", the definitive ranking of North American ski resorts, names Deer Valley, Utah as the No. 1 ski resort in its September issue. Deer Valley's ratings has never dropped lower than third overall in the past nine years. It also ranked No. 1 in 2006.
More than 20,000 SKI Magazine readers responded to the "Top Resort Guide" survey, which was conducted by an independent research firm. It is the most comprehensive and longest-running ski resort survey in the winter sports industry. Resorts are ranked in 18 categories: Overall Satisfaction, Access, Après Ski, Dining, Family Programs, Grooming, Lifts, Lodging, Off-Hill Activities, On-Mountain Food, Scenery, Service, Snow, Terrain/Challenge, Terrain/Variety, Terrain Parks, Value and Weather by SKI subscribers who have skied the resorts for the past two seasons, skiing an average of 23 days a year. The Park City resort also won individual categories for grooming, mountain service, dining and lodging.
SKI Magazine is published by Mountain Sports Media, a Boulder-based division the Bonnier Corporation. The Bonnier Corporation is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences through more than 40 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.
The top 10 resorts according to SKI Magazine's readers:
1. Deer Valley, Utah
2. Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia
3. Vail, Colorado
4. Park City, Utah
5. Beaver Creek, Colorado
6. Snowmass, Colorado
7. Sun Valley, Idaho
8. Squaw Valley, California
9. Mammoth Mountain, California
10. Steamboat, Colorado