The most ironic ranking in this year's reviews is readers bashing the 'Bird for its weaknesses in the Terrain Park department. Dudes, Snowbird is a terrain park. The better part of its 2,500 acres and 3,240 vertical feet are just that, vertical feet.
Mammoth Mountain is so big, yet so well serviced by its lift system, that the resort has actually decreased its number of lifts (from 32 to 27). And still Mammoth's transport strategy works so well that readers rate it No. 1 in North America for Lifts.
Telluride visitors can pick from the best of both worlds. Stay in town and enjoy living in a National Historic District with colorful Victorian homes and clapboard storefronts. Or stay a short gondola ride away in Mountain Village and get a taste of luxury hotels and condos, stylish boutiques and spas, and five-star dining.
Even though it was voted down a notch, coming in at No. 2 this season, Deer Valley still basks in Olympic glory. By hosting the slalom, aerial and moguls competitions, one reader says, "Deer Valley showed the world during the Olympics that it deserves its accolades."
Heading to the 2010 Winter Games? Skiers of all abilities will fun on the slopes at Whistler and Blackcomb.
Whistler and Blackcomb each has its own character. The two side-by-side mountains meet only at their very base. Both mountains have three points of access. On Blackcomb, you can start at Blackcomb Base's Wizard Chair, or you can jump on Excalibur Gondola either in Whistler Village or at Base II. To get up Whistler Mountain, start either at the Creekside Gondola or in the center of town, where you can catch the Whistler Village Gondola or the Fitzsimmons Chair. No matter which peak you choose to ski first, warm up on the midmountain, then keep moving upward.
When Nub's Nob shot to the top of the Midwest Top 10 last year, it was a shocker. After all, the northern Michigan resort is a ski area with no hotel, no snazzy restaurants and no marketing director in a three-piece suit.