Top 60 Reader Resort Survey 2002


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Edgar Stern founded Deer Valley in 1981 on what was a revolutionary concept for a ski resort: world-class service. In the ensuing years, Deer Valley has helped redefine the industry. In SKI’s 14th annual survey, Deer Valley is the first resort to bump Whistler or Vail from the No. 1 spot. In the East, Tremblant, with its Old-World charm, reigns supreme for the fifth year running. The Top 60 Guide is divided by region: the elite resorts in the West and the East. There’s an insider profile of each resort, followed by tips on “A Good Deal” and “What’s New.” Check out the resort-by-resort scorecard in the Resort GuidePlus and customize your next ski vacation.

North American Resorts

#1 Deer Valley, Utah

2 Vail, Colo.

3 Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.

4 Aspen Mountain, Colo.

5 Sun Valley, Idaho

6 Beaver Creek, Colo.

7 Snowmass, Colo.

8 Park City, Utah

9 Steamboat, Colo.

10 Breckenridge, Colo.

11 Jackson Hole, Wyo.

12 Keystone, Colo.

13 Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

14 Winter Park, Colo.

15 Heavenly, Calif.

16 Copper Mountain, Colo.

17 Aspen Highlands, Colo.

18 Snowbird, Utah

19 Telluride, Colo.

20 Squaw Valley, Calif.

21 Big Mountain, Mont.

22 Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif.

23 Big Sky, Mont.

24 Lake Louise, Alb.

25 The Canyons, Utah

26 Crested Butte, Colo.

27 Taos, N.M.

28 Alta, Utah

29 Sunshine Village, Alb.

30 Purgatory, Colo.Eastern Resorts #1 Tremblant, Que.

2 Whiteface, N.Y.

3 Sugarloaf, Maine

4 Stowe, Vt.

5 Seven Springs, Pa.

6 Sunday River, Maine

7 Sugarbush, Vt.

8 Killington, Vt.

9 Loon, N.H.

10 Waterville Valley, N.H.

11 Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

12 Bretton Woods, N.H.

13 Mad River, Vt.

14 Holiday Valley, N.Y.

15 Wildcat, N.H.

16 Okemo, Vt.

17 Stratton, Vt.

18 Bromley, Vt.

19 Mount Snow, Vt.

20 Ski Windham, N.Y.Mistwestern Resorts #1 Nub’s Nob, Mich.

2 Boyne Highlands, Mich.

3 Crystal Mountain, Mich.

4 Shanty Creek, Mich.

5 Giants Ridge, Minn.

6 Lutsen, Minn.

7 Boyne Mountain, Mich.

8 Big Powderhorn, Mich.

9 Indianhead, Mich.

10 Whitecap Mountains, Wis.