The World’s Best Resorts are Available on the Ikon Pass

Steven Agar | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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The USA’s Best Ski Resort, Deer Valley, UT. Photo: Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort, UT, the standard for first-class service in the ski industry, retained its title as the 2018 Best United States’ Ski Resort at this year’s World Ski Awards for the sixth straight year. The resort also reclaimed the honor of the country’s greatest ski hotel. The Stein Eriksen Lodge, Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel and spa and designated one of the coveted Forbes’ Most Luxurious Hotels in the World in 2018, has once again secured the top honor of “United States’ Best Ski Hotel” having also earned the distinction in 2014, 2015, and 2016,

“We are forever grateful for our guests and industry peers for sharing their praise for Deer Valley,” said Todd Shallan, Deer Valley Resort president and chief operating officer. “It is truly an honor to receive the United States’ Best Ski Resort award for six years running, and we will continue providing guests with the unparalleled ski destination experience for which we are known.”

Also in North America, ‘Canada’s Best Ski Resort’ went to Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Canadian heli-outfit Bella Coola Heli Sports was named the ‘World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator’ for the second year running.

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The best Australia has to offer is available on the Ikon Pass. Credit: Aedan O’Donnell/Thredbo

Downunder, Canterbury’s Mt. Hutt was awarded the coveted title of ‘New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort’ for the fourth consecutive year at the 6th Annual World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühel, Austria. Ski tourism professionals and consumers from around the globe voted in the awards, which were announced in Austria on Saturday. Thredbo took the honor as ‘Australia’s Best Ski Resort’ in Australia.

The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism. Over a million votes were received worldwide across all categories this year. Mt. Hutt Ski Area James McKenzie was thrilled about winning the award.

“We’re absolutely delighted to scoop this award for the fourth successive year in a row. Our staff pour their heart and soul into delivering the very best guest experience at Mt Hutt and this endorsement by guests of our ski area is hugely appreciated.”

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Canada’s greatest. Credit: @SkiLouise | Facebook

The awards evening was the highlight of a three-day gathering in Kitzbuhel where representatives from ski areas from all corners of the globe had opportunities to network and share ideas.

Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens, took the evening’s most coveted prize, the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’, thanks to its vast network of snow-sure slopes. Check out the World Ski Awards for the full list of global winners.

Award winners Deer Valley, Lake Louise, Thredbo, and Mt. Hutt are all available on the Ikon Pass.


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