Many skiers find themselves drawn back to the snow clad mountains time and time again and they are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing which resort to actually visit next. As there are so many different resorts to choose from, it is often hard knowing which one to actually go with. Some are better for activities than others, while others focus more on skiing. So to find out which one is for you, here are some of the best ones to visit. SKI Magazine is just out with its annual “Top 50 Resort Guide,” which names Deer Valley, Utah, as the No. 1 ski resort in North America. This same Deer Valley was No. 2 in last year’s survey, and has won first place three times in the survey’s 20-year history. It’s got more up its sleeve as Deer Valley has also received top honors from SKI readers in the categories of service, grooming and dining. Other Utah resorts that were No. 1 in various categories included Snowbird, voted “Best Skier’s Mountain,” and Alta, voted top “Weekend Escape.” Colorado had six resorts in the overall top 10 list, more than any other state. Vail was No. 2, after Deer Valley. Whistler Blackcomb, in British Columbia, Canada, was third on the list, followed by Aspen and Snowmass, both in Colorado; Park City, Utah; Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Steamboat, Colo., and in the No. 10 spot, Sun Valley Idaho.
The magazine offers a separate list for East Coast resorts. Tremblant, in Quebec, Canada, took the top spot there, followed by Smugglers Notch, Vt.; Whiteface, N.Y.; Stowe, Vt.; Holiday Valley, N.Y.; Sugarloaf, Maine; Sugarbush, Vt.; Killington, Vt.; Bretton Woods, N.H., and Okemo, Vt. Smuggler’s Notch also was ranked the nation’s top resort in the “Family Ski Trip” category. All these figures are derived from the study of about 7,000 SKI Magazine subscribers who took part in the “Top 50 Resort Guide” survey.