Ski Magazine’s Top 30 Ski Resorts in the West

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Ski Magazine October 2013 issue
Ski Magazine October 2013 issue

Ski Magazine’s October issue came out today and in it you’ll find their ranking of the top 30 ski resorts in the West.

Deer Valley above Whistler?  Breckenridge above Taos?  Lake Tahoe ski resorts don’t show up until #22.

How do you think this list adds up?  Who Should move up?  Who should be #1?

Jackson Hole.  photo:  Washington Post
Jackson Hole. photo: Washington Post


1. Jackson Hole, Wyo.

2. Deer Valley, Utah

3. Vail, Colo.

4. Sun Valley, Idaho

5. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

6. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

7. Telluride, Colo.

8. Steamboat, Colo.

9. Snowmass, Colo.

10. Canyons, Utah

11. Beaver Creek, Colo.

12. Big Sky, Mont.

13. Aspen Mountain, Colo.

14. Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

15. Crested Butte, Colo.

16. Breckenridge, Colo.

17. Snowbird, Utah

18. Winter Park, Colo.

19. Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

20. Aspen Highlands, Colo.

21. Whitefish Mountain, Mont.

22. Heavenly, Calif.

23. Keystone, Colo.

24. Squaw Valley, Calif.

25. Northstar, Calif.

26. Copper Mountain, Colo.

27. Alta, Utah

28. Solitude, Utah

29. Snowbasin, Utah

30. Brighton, Utah

See Ski Magazine’s full article here:

Ski Magazine’s Best Ski Resorts in the West

Squaw Valley, USA
Squaw Valley, USA

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8 thoughts on “Ski Magazine’s Top 30 Ski Resorts in the West

  1. It’s Ski Magazines list, hence it is aimed at groomer rippers and generally wealthier people, Whis and Squaw kinda get hosed in the rankings

  2. Complete crock…the list is out of order in all kinds of ways. Deer Valley at #2? Winter Park above everything in CA? Mammoth above everything at Tahoe? Heavenly above Squaw? Not to mention that Northstar even makes the list, which is totally bogus…(i.e. because Northstar is flat and lame).

    1. Mammoth above everything at Tahoe? Absolutely!

      Mammoth Main Lodge parking lot elevation–8900 feet. Top of the Palisades? 8900 feet elevation. Mammoth, no mid-winter rain events here. How many did Squaw have last year? Gotta love Mammoth’s open ski area boundary policy. What is Squaw’s? Mammoth is open to Memorial Day EVERY YEAR. Ask Miles where he was that weekend.

      Mammoth…kind of like Squaw, but without the attitude.

      Spend a winter on the East Side…then tell me which is better.

  3. best for us that Squaw doesn’t show up. fine with me. dumb rankings… not focused on the skiing, except for JH, which has the issue of the tram being jammed.

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