It's official. SKI Magazine's resort rankings are in, and Whistler Blackcomb has been named North America's #1 Resort for the 2016-17 winter season.
It's official. SKI Magazine's resort rankings are in, and Whistler Blackcomb has been named North America's #1 Resort for the 2016.17 winter season. This marks the third year in a row, and fourth time in five years as part of Ski Magazine's 29th annual SKI Magazine Reader's Poll. While we're proud of the accolades, we'd like to take a moment to focus on the immeasurable. That bigger picture. That feeling you have when you're here, and when you leave.
Not big on cold temperatures or fighting traffic driving to the mountains, but still want to ski? Colorado entrepreneur Sadler Merrill has an answer for Denver-area skiers and riders. Earlier this summer, he opened the indoor ski facility SNÖBAHN, which houses three ski slopes and a tubing hill, along with, of course, an European ski-lodge-themed restaurant and après bar.
There’s a line for all comers, advanced to expert, in Whistler's iconic Spanky's Ladder.
Data >> Location: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
>> Getting There: From the top of the Glacier Express quad, head skier’s left, then veer right for the short hike up to the entrance to Spanky’s Ladder. On a powder day, just look for the line of bootpackers.
The answer is: it depends whom you ask (and we’ll see).
The reverberations of the blockbuster billion-dollar deal announced this week that Vail Resorts purchased Whistler Blackcomb are already starting to be felt, both by skiers and other resort operators. “The competitive environment just went up a full notch,” says Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California’s Lake Tahoe basin, where three Vail Resorts ski areas already operate.