Vail regains No. 1 spot in SKI survey
Even though the resort turns 40 this ski season, SKI magazine readers say Vail is just getting better with age.For the 11th time in 15 years, Vail was ranked the No. 1 ski resort in North America in the Boulder-based magazine’s annual resort rankings issue. SKI’s editors announced Wednesday, Sept. 4, that Vail unseated last season’s upset winner, Deer Valley, Utah, to regain the top spot.In SKI’s October issue, on sale next week, Vail’s chief rival, Whistler/Blackcomb, in British Columbia, remains No.3 for the third year in a row.”When Pete Seibert opened Vail in 1962, he revolutionized American skiing,” SKI executive editor Greg Ditrinco said in a release, referring to the Vail founder who died this past summer. “And Vail continues to do that today. Whether it’s Blue Sky Basin, kid-friendly Adventure Ridge or the constant improvements been made each season, Vail gives skiers what they want most security in knowing they’ll have a successful vacation.”Vail, celebrating its 40th anniversary this season, received top 10 rankings in 11 categories grooming, terrain, lifts, service, access, on-mountain food, dining, aprs ski, off-hill activities, family programs and terrain parks. As one reader surveyed said, “Vail’s a ‘no-miss’ ski vacation. It’s the most consistently good mountain I have ever skied.”Bill Jensen, Vail’s chief operating officer, said in a separate release that the mountain’s staff and the town itself deserve much of the credit for the top spot."We acknowledge the efforts of our staff and the community in making Vail No. 1 again in SKI magazine’s Top 60 Resort Guide,” he said. “There is as much pride astradition in being ranked the No.1 resort in North America 11 times in 15 years. We thank the readers for recognizing the community’s ongoing efforts and continued success in maintaining Vail’s status as a world-class destination."All four of Vail Resorts’ other ski areas Beaver Creek (No. 5), Breckenridge (No. 10), Heavenly, Calif. (No. 17) and Keystone (No. 19) cracked the top 20. Beaver Creek moved up a notch from No. 6 last year.”This ranking means a great deal to all of us,” John Garnsey, chief operating officer at Beaver Creek, said in a release. “The great news began with strong skier numbers in the wake of 9/11 and continues with the announcement of our step up in the SKI magazine consumer rankings.”More than 20,000 SKI magazine readers were surveyed for the Top 60 Resort Guide. SKI readers critique ski resorts in 17 different categories relating to the ski experience. Readers who participated in the poll ski an average of 23 days a year.Top 20 North American Resorts1. Vail2. Deer Valley, Utah3. Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.4. Snowmass5. Beaver Creek6. Steamboat7. Park City, Utah8. Aspen Mountain9. Jackson Hole, Wyo.10. Breckenridge11. Aspen Highlands12. Telluride13. Mammoth Mountain, Calif.14. Sun Valley, Idaho15. Winter Park16. Copper Mountain17. Heavenly, Calif.18. The Canyons, Utah19. Keystone20. Snowbird, Utah
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