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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, October 30, 2006

Ski Magazines Tout Utah Resorts, Snow

Ski Utah provided this news release.

SALT LAKE CITY – Following two consecutive seasons of above average snowfall and three years of record-breaking skier day numbers, it is no surprise that Utah resorts are appearing in greater numbers in the polls of the various ski and snowboard magazines.

“It’s great to see that the ski and snowboard publications and their discerning readers are recognizing Utah for its abundant snowfall, unmatched accessibility, value and variety,” commented Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah. “We’re also pleased that word is getting out about some of the resorts that have been our best kept secrets.”

The polls of magazines such as Skiing, SKI, Transworld Snowboarding and Freeskier tend to be highly influential on riders and skiers each fall as they start planning their winter getaways.

Below are some highlights from the magazine polls and how Utah resorts fared in them:

Skiing magazine
- Four of Utah’s resorts placed in Skiing magazine’s Top 25 resorts list:
Alta/Snowbird (#2), Snowbasin (#10), Park City Mountain Resort (#11), Solitude #25

- Utah ranked #1 for Secret Powder Stashes (obvious choice - Alta/Snowbird, next up - Powder Mountain)

SKI magazine
- The Top 30 Readers Poll named seven resorts: Deer Valley (#2), Park City (#5), The Canyons (#15), Snowbird (#21), Solitude (#25), Alta (#28), Brighton (#29)

- In a list of Top Resorts for Snow, six of 6 of 10 resorts are located in Utah: Powder Mountain (#1), Alta (#2), Snowbird (#3), Brighton (#4), Solitude (#6), Deer Valley (#8)

- Top 10 for Best Access included seven Utah resorts: Park City (#2), Deer Valley (#3), The Canyons (#4), Snowbird (#5), Solitude (#6), Alta (#8), Brighton (#9)

- In the Value category, four of 10 resorts belonged to Utah: Powder Mountain (#1), Alta (#2), Brighton (#6), Solitude (#9)

- Top 10 for Overall Satisfaction included 4 Utah resorts: Alta (#1), Deer Valley (#4), Snowbird (#7), Powder Mountain(#8)

- Four Utah ski areas were recognized in the best Weather category: Deer Valley (#1), Brighton (#2), Solitude (#3), Alta (#5)

- Deer Valley once again clinched the #1 slot for Grooming.

- In the Service category, Deer Valley ranked #1 and Snowbasin #3.

- For best Lifts, Snowbasin came in at #1 and Deer Valley #5.
- Best Terrain/Variety: Alta (#6), Snowbird (#7)

- Best Terrain/Challenge: Snowbird (#2), Alta (#3)

- Best On Mountain Food: Deer Valley (#1), Snowbasin (#2)

- Best Service: Deer Valley (#1), Snowbasin (#3)

- Best Terrain Parks: Brighton (#7), Park City (#8)

Transworld Snowboarding
Park City Mountain Resort was awarded Terrain Park of the Year for 3rd consecutive time. This marks the first time a single resort has earned the top slot three years running.

Freeskier
- Alta/Snowbird ranked #3 in the Top 5 Rocky Mountain Resorts.

- The Best of the Rest list placed Snowbasin at #6.

- Park City Mountain Resort came in at #4 in the list of North America’s Greatest
Terrain Parks.

- Salt Lake City ranked #1 in the list of Best Rail Cities.

Outside Traveler Fall/Winter 2006/07
- Best Supersize Mountain: Honorable Mention – Park City and The Canyons

- Best Purist Mountain: Alta; Honorable Mention - Snowbasin

- Best Luxury Mountain: Deer Valley

- Best Side Country: Powder Mountain

Also noteworthy, the Dallas Morning News will name Wolf Mountain’s Soapbox Derby as the Wackiest Event on Snow in their annual ski section.

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