Skimag.com's annual rankings our out for the 2014 winter season, and Snowmass ski area came in at #9, beating out each of our neighbor resorts, and other well known Colo. ski areas including Keystone, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Breckenridge, and Beaver Creek.
Each year, Ski Magazine readers name the thirty best ski resorts in the West as voted on by their readers. Last year, Snowmass came in at #8. This year, Steamboat edged its way ahead of our mountain by one spot.
Last year's description sums it all up pretty nicely:
Can one resort be all things to all skiers? Snowmass tries. The largest of Aspen’s four ski areas, renowned for its great beginner and intermediate terrain (long cruisers, flawless grooming), offers more technical aspects too. The Hanging Valley’s wide-open steeps and endless tight glades, for instance, have begun to garner attention. “There is so much variety, it’s hard to get bored,” “terrain options for every level,” and “endless nooks and crannies to explore,” say readers. A top-notch kids’ ski school and signed kids’ adventure trails cater to young skiers—“you couldn’t ask for a better family resort.” Base lifts can get crowded during holidays, but once you’re skiing, it’s easy to find relative solitude, with “plenty of space to break the sound barrier,” in the words of one speed lover. “You can leave the crowd behind with the size of this place,” says another reader. The resort’s slow-to-develop base village has been its Achilles’ heel, but the four-year-old Village at Snowmass is beginning to forge an identity. Lodging, much of it slopeside, is a better value than downtown Aspen’s, and new properties bring a more sophisticated vibe to the resort. —Cindy Hirschfeld
Couldn't have said it better myself! Will the work that's starting in Base Village, plus the improvements at the Westin Snowmass Resort earn us a higher ranking next year? Did we deserve a better ranking this year? Weigh in below.