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Resort Guide 2023

“Californians Need to Leave. They Ruin Every Aspect of Skiing…”

And 20 other random thoughts from SKI readers from our 2023 Resort Survey.

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Along with the roughly 15,000 individual resort rankings submitted with our 2023 Reader Resort Survey, we got a boatload of comments from passionate skiers. Most are incredibly helpful and informative, providing us with insights into the guest experience at ski resorts across North America. Some, however, are more, er, interesting—everything from political rants to random musings about cubbies, parking lots, and bathrooms. 

Full Survey Results: Top 50 Resorts in North America

We combed through all of the reader comments from this year’s survey and pulled out some of our favorite gems to share. We hope you get as much of a kick out of these as we did. Oh, and P.S.: When big news drops on April 1, be wary.

Funniest Reader Comments from the 2023 Resort Survey

Come For the Slopes, Stay For the … Parking

“Great terrain and grooming. Excellent snowmaking. Great local following and family friendly. Upper parking lot is unique and a great attraction.”

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You Don’t Have to Rub It In…

“I ski there for free four miles away.”

Who Needs That, Anyway?

“I live in Sun Valley. Everything’s great but the snow.”

Come for the Skiing, Stay for the … Bathrooms

“Snowbasin is so beautiful, well groomed, staff are so nice, the bathroom are …  WOW!!!!!”

We Found Our One Teenage Survey Respondent!

“Sun Valley is the best no cap.”

Come for the Skiing, Stay for the … Cubbies

“I was particularly impressed with the availability of free cubbies at the bottom of the mountain to leave my street shoes.”

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Don’t Come Here

“I’ve lived here for 30 years and I love this place. Would not recommend it though.”

Dammit, Vail!

“I grew up skiing Mammoth. I remember lift passes that cost $7.50. Vail has wrecked Mammoth.” [Editor’s note: Vail Resorts does not, and has never, owned or operated Mammoth]

Colorado Problems

“Winter Park is too high for my family!”

Those High-Speed Chairs are Overrated

“Great area with many antiquated lifts.”

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Eaters Gotta Ski

“Deer Valley is the best restaurant in the world and I get to ski there too.”

Tell Us How You Really Feel

“We can’t get over the fact that an unelected bureaucrat was allowed to rename the historic, iconic, world famous Squaw Valley USA. All that history, washed away by a mindless government official. Next thing you know, they will change the name of Heavenly Valley, claiming separation of Church and State!”

The World’s Most Expensive Hot Chocolate

“Worth an annual trip for the cocoa and chocolate chip cookies.”

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It’s in the Air

“Californians need to leave. They ruin every aspect of skiing at Whitefish which includes the sharing of oxygen.”

We See What You Did There

“This place sucks, I wish I could go to Vail instead.”

Not To State the Obvious, But…

“Breckenridge is a great mountain and town, but it would be better if less people knew about it.”

So, There’s This Day at the Beginning of April

“Alta is a great place for skiers. Unfortunately next year they will have to allow snowboarders. Will probably wreck the mountain.”

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Ski Resort Haiku

“Great mountain when the snow is deep. Save your dollars, it ain’t cheap.”

So, There’s This Day at the Beginning of April, Part 2

Vail has just announced no more alcohol sales at their resorts, so I may very well drop the Epic Pass.”

We Don’t Talk About Fight Club

“I do have to say that the fistfights in the parking lot over parking spaces is a real plus don’t you think?”

Fuzzy Math

“This year it seems they are short-staffed and it shows in the service throughout the resort. This is super disappointing as they typically do a good job. I don’t accept Covid as the excuse because if they aren’t paying as many people, they could lower their prices to balance the lack of service.”