Utah Shines in Ski Resort Survey

In a recent survey by SKI magazine, around 20,000 readers voted for their favorite ski destination in the West, with Utah earning some high praise and three spots in the top ten. Deer Valley took second place, with Park City Mountain Resort coming in at fifth and The Canyons at tenth. Other Utah resorts in the top thirty included Snowbird at 17th, Alta at 27th, Solitude at 28th, Snowbasin at 29th and Brighton at number thirty.

Deer Valley Resort is located near Park City in the Wasatch mountain range, around 36 miles east of Salt Lake City. The ski culture has its roots in the Park City Winter Carnivals that took place in the 1930s, with ski trails being built during the winter months of 1936-1937 and the first ski lifts where built by local residents in 1946. A lot has changed since then, and today Deer Valley has over two thousand acres of skiable area, with one hundred runs offering everything from green dot ‘easiest’ to black diamond ‘most difficult’. The 24 lifts servicing the area can move more than 50,000 skiers per hour and include a gondola, a fixed-grip quad chairlift, 12 high-speed quad chairlifts, 5 triple chairlifts, 2 double chairlifts, and 4 magic carpets. Snowfall averages 300 inches per season, with snowmaking equipment covering more than 660 acres. In the 2013 SKI magazine survey, Deer Valley was second only to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and achieved top ten ratings in the categories of lifts, snow cover, weather, access, digital performance, après-ski, off-hill activities and overall satisfaction.

The top fifteen resorts of the thirty highlighted by the survey are:

1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2. Deer Valley, Utah

3. Vail, Colorado

4. Sun Valley, Idaho

5. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

6. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

7. Telluride, Colorado

8. Steamboat, Colorado

9. Snowmass, Colorado

10. The Canyons, Utah

11. Beaver Creek, Colorado

12. Big Sky, Montana

13. Aspen Mountain, Colorado

14. Mammoth Mountain, California

15. Crested Butte, Colorado