It's baa-ack. You can't blame other resorts for learning from-and occasionally surpassing-the master. But this year's survey reminds us that Vail unquestionably set, and continues to raise, the standard of the ski vacation.
This used to be known as Wolf Mountain¿the place you drove by on the way to get to Park City or Deer Valley. No more. With a new name, owner and attitude, The Canyons has become a new ski area and cracked the Top 20 rankings.