Forbes: The Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America for 2022

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Picture of the sign at the top of Mammoth Mountain
A peek off the peak, photo: Mammoth Mountain Facebook

A recent study from Forbes Advisor analyzed the quality, cost, and accessibility of more than 6,000 ski resorts and ski areas in order to find the top 50 greatest winter sports destinations in the world.

Resorts were scored on 14 different factors including the length and variety of slopes, how they were reviewed by skiers and snowboarders, the quality of the apres-ski scene – and of course, price. Ski destinations were ranked on the quality, cost, and accessibility of their skiing and snowboarding experience, as well as social factors like their après ski scene and Instagram worthiness.

The top ten worldwide can be viewed here, and the top ten in North America are below:

#10 Mammoth Mountain (California) – 44.65

Powder skier at Mammoth
Fresh pow turns at Mammoth, Photo: Mammoth Mountain Facebook

#9 Big Sky Resort (Montana) – 45.06

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Big Sky Resort PC: Big Sky Resort via Facebook

#8 Beaver Creek (Colorado) – 45.24

vail valley
Beaver Creek, CO. pc:skisync

#7 Palisades Tahoe (California) – 46.48

Palisades Tahoe
Palisades Tahoe. Credit: Jeff Engerbretson

#6 Breckenridge (Colorado) – 46.51

breckenridge, colorado
Breckenridge, CO. Credit: Resort

#5 Park City (Utah) – 48.94

Park City
Park City Utah in Winter, picture: City of Park City Utah Facebook Page

#4 Aspen Snowmass (Colorado) – 52.61

snowmass vertical drop
Snowmass. Photo Credit: Atlanta Ski Club

#3 Lake Louise (Canada) – 52.78

Lake Louise ski resort
Canada’s best. Credit: @SkiLouise | Facebook

#2 Whistler Blackcomb (Canada) – 56.34

whistler, snowpack
Credit: Whistler Facebook

#1 Vail (Colorado) – 60.39

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The slopes of Vail looking good. Credit: Vail Resorts

Methodology

Ski destinations were ranked on the quality, cost and accessibility of their skiing and snowboarding experience, as well as social factors like their après-ski scene and Instagram worthiness. 

Resorts were scored on their relative performance in the below categories using a min-max normalisation formula and results were totalled to create an overall index score with a maximum possible score of 100.

  • Total length of slopes
  • Length of slopes by difficulty
  • Number of ski lifts
  • Ski pass price (Main season adult day pass)
  • Ski review score
  • Après-ski score

Source: skiresort.info. Where ski pass prices weren’t available on skiresort.info, prices were sourced from sno.co.uk.

  • Number of Instagram hashtags – correct as of 03/10/2022

The number of hashtagged posts for ski areas and resorts.

  • Average annual snowfall (cm)

Source: onthesnow.co.uk. Inches converted to centimetres using Google.

  • Snowboard review score

Source: worldsnowboardguide.com. As resorts were scored on a scale of 0-10, we divided the score by two for consistency. Where only text reviews were available and no score was given, resorts received 0 points.

  • Quality of accommodation

Average customer review score sourced from Booking.com. Review score divided by 2 for consistency.

Hashtags and slope difficulty were given half-weighting as while Insta-worthiness and the length of slope by difficulty might be important to some, they may be less of a consideration for others.


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5 thoughts on “Forbes: The Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America for 2022

  1. The funny thing about every resort listed 1-10, they are all part of the big conglomerate ski corporations where you will spend 80% of your time standing in a line and if you’re lucky 20% of your time skiing. If anything these rankings do is keep the non skiers away from the resorts where real skiers ski. Keep us line free!!

  2. Vail as #1 is a joke; wait in lines forever, weak dining and accommodations. Aspen/Snowmass is clearly #1 followed by Deer Vally and Whistler. Never even know if they’ll be snow in Tahoe….

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