2010 SKI magazine rankings feature Utah's best resorts

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 18, 2010 9:07 a.m.


    When you begin to understand SKI Magazine's target demographic, you will begin to understand that this accolade is not that impressive.

    That magazine is after wealthy, middle-aged, fur-coat-wearing, intermediate skiers who believe a ski day consists of shopping, spa treatments, fine dining, and about an hour of actual skiing (strictly groomers, of course).

    If this is what you value in a ski resort, then Deer Valley probably is your best bet. But if you think skiing is more about snow quality, terrain, and other things related to the actual sport of skiing, then you'll want to look elsewhere.

  • Jimmy James Bronx, NY
    Nov. 18, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    While this is indeed a wonderful accolade for both Deer Valley and Park City, lets be honest, this ranking has to do far more with the quality of on the mountain restaurants and nearby shopping rather than actually being about skiing.

    While obviously the snow / terrain had to be good enough to beat out places like Vail and Aspen (which also have an impressive "scene" and restaurants), Alta and Snowbird crush Deer Valley and Park City when it comes to quality of terrain and snow.

    That said, I still actually kind of like skiing Park City or Canyons over Snowbird because the competition for fresh snow after a storm is less fierce.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Nov. 18, 2010 6:06 a.m.


    As you said, "Utah is full of old fashioned thinkers." However, SKI magazine has a world-wide readership. It's a pretty impressive accolade.

  • iRSLfan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    Alta and Deer Valley were ignored before snowboarders were around. Now about 1/3 of people on the mountain are snowboarders and a lot of people don't like change. So what did Deer Valley and Alta do about that? Keep the snowboarders out for business! I have been to Deer Valley. Sure it's nice but the best ski resort in the country? NOT A CHANCE. Utah is full of old fashioned thinkers that's why 2 of the only 3 resorts in the world that don't allow snowboarders are here. Thank goodness for snowbird, sigh of happiness. I love the tram :)