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Poll: Whister, Vail are top resorts

Dominique Taylor/Vail Dail file photoKevin Wray from Denver shoots through the powder in the trees at Blue Sky Basin on Vail

DENVER, Colorado – Vail is ranked tops for families and is second overall Tuesday on The Ski Channel’s new online Resort Rater.

Whistler, which will host the Winter Olympics next month, is ranked No. 1 overall, but that could change as more users weigh in.

Beaver Creek is currently eighth overall.

The rater, at http://www.theskichannel.com/resort-rater, lists 85 criteria for ranking nearly 500 resorts and lets users check off which matter most to them. Then it subjectively ranks the results and attaches videos from thousands of hours of Ski Channel footage to back up its claims. Users also rate resorts.

Ski Channel CEO Steve Bellamy says Resort Rater didn’t take money from resorts for the rankings, but it could eventually sell ads that pop up if a rival resort is listed with a higher ranking.

In other polls, Vail ranked No. 3 in the most recent SKI magazine readers’ resort rankings, which caused some distress in town as the magazine is geared toward the wealthier skiers Vail tries to attract. Vail had been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 by SKI magazine readers for several years.

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