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Top 30 Ski Resorts in the West

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Ski Magazine has posted their 2014 lists of the Top 30 ski resorts in the west and east. Utah boasts 8 resorts in the top 30. 1 in every 3.75 resorts is a Utah Ski Resort.

“Utah’s resorts are committed to enhancing our natural strengths as a destination year after year,” states Susie English, Director of Communications for Ski Utah. “These rankings reflect the opinions of ski resort consumers nationwide an high rankings reinforce that our efforts are improving the Utah ski experience. We are thrilled to see Utah’s resorts ranked so highly amongst skiers across the nation.”

Canyons Resort, in conjunction with Vail Resorts has continued their climb as a top resort destination.

“We are incredibly proud that Canyons, along with both other resorts in Park City, has been named a Top 10 ski resort in North America according to SKI Magazine’s annual reader’s poll,” said Steve Pastorino, Canyons Resort Communications.   It’s another validation of we do every day at Canyons, which is put all of our attention and focus on every guest’s experience at Canyons.  We are pleased that we have been recognized not only for our amazing mountain and the skier and rider experience, but also for many of the amenities that make for a great vacation  – including world-class lodging, award-winning dining, off-the-hill activities, family programs and guest service as well.”
“The fact that eight of the Top 30 North American resorts are in Utah is a testament to the mountains, the amazing access that Salt Lake International Airport provides, the legacy of the 2002 Olympics, the long-term commitment that our resorts and our employees have to guest service and of course, The Greatest Snow on Earth.  It’s no longer a secret that Utah offers a world-class skiing and snowboarding.”
These rankings not only reflect that Utah is a destination ski area, but it also is a major contributor to our local economy.Nearly half of the license plates in Utah feature the slogan “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” and recently, the Utah’s ski and snowboard industry reported an economic impact of $1.1 billion.

A 2011 Forbes.com study ranked the Utah Jazz No. 16 in NBA team value at $342 million. To put into perspective on how valuable our ski and snowboard industry is, in just one winter season of snow, Skiing and Snowboarding make three times the amount of revenue than the net worth of the Utah Jazz.

Below is the list of where Utah resorts ranked in the Top 30.

2. Deer Valley
5. Park City Mountain Resort
10. Canyons
17. Snowbird
27. Alta
28. Solitude
29. Snowbasin
30. Brighton

Was your favorite resort on the list? If not what do you think needs to change at your resort of choice to make it better?

To see what other resorts made the list follow the link to Ski Magazine’s Top 30 Resorts in the West

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