Sun Valley 13th in
Skiing magazine survey
For steeps and parties,
Sun Valley not in Top 10
Skiing magazine’s Top 25
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Squaw Valley, Calif.
Big Sky, Mont.
Crystal Mountain, Wash.
13) Sun Valley, Idaho
14) Park City, Utah
15) Snowbasin, Utah
22) Breckenridge, Colo.
25) Arapahoe Basin, Colo.
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
For the second time this fall, Sun Valley
has been named by a national skiing publication as one of North America’s best
In its forthcoming November issue, Skiing
magazine will feature Sun Valley in an article that lists the Top 25 ski resorts
in the United States and Canada.
Pursuant to a survey of magazine readers
and professional skiers, Skiing editors ranked Sun Valley 13th among all ski
areas on the continent. Whistler/Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia placed
first in the reader survey.
Skiing editors said the 2nd annual Top 25
survey ranked the ski resorts according to "what matters most: steeps, powder
and parties." The "Top 25 Spots" rankings, they said, were compiled by surveying
a combination of more than 1,000 readers and professional skiers asked to
consider statistics pertaining to ski area elevations, vertical drops, snowfall,
skiable acres, bars and restaurants.
"No one is more qualified to name the best
place to ski than the best skiers," said Perkins Miller, editor-in-chief of
Skiing. "That is why we turn to our readers and well-traveled pros."
Sun Valley is often praised for its
luxurious lodges and state-of-the-art snowmaking system, but is not typically
recognized for its natural snow conditions or steep, double-diamond slopes.
In the October issue of Ski magazine, Sun
Valley was ranked seventh in North America, above such revered ski-industry
competitors as Park City, Utah, Telluride, Colo., and Aspen, Colo.
Skiing and Ski magazines are both
Colorado-based publications of Mountain Sports Media, which is a subsidiary of
media giant Time Warner Inc.
In the Skiing survey, Sun Valley was
ranked in between two of its primary Rocky Mountain region competitors. Jackson
Hole, Wyo., known for its abundant snow and steep terrain, placed third overall.
Park City, Utah, a resort area often hailed for its excellent powder snow,