Forbes just announced their Top 10 North American Ski Resorts for 2017 and Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain's made the list once again! Obviously we are a bit biased but Forbes has come up with a comprehensive way to examine the candidates to ensure the results are evenhanded. “We consult diverse data points, updated statistics, and our own constantly renewed expert reviews of individual resorts to make the job of skiers, as least when it comes to narrowing where to take their ski trip, easier.” Forbes then went on to state that their study is the most comprehensive and in-depth ski resort list of its kind.
Forbes created their own “metric system” to rank these resorts called the Pure Awesomeness Factor (PAF) and it is their unique guide for judging all things ski. Their team skied in Alaska, California, Wyoming, Utah, British Columbia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado – (where do I sign up?) updating their data in-person for more than 20 major ski resorts across North America.
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America per Forbes…
1. JACKSON HOLE | PAF: 99.00
The Place To Stay: Hotel Terra revels in it what may be the best perch on the mountain, about a 30-second walk to the tram, and across the way from The Mangy Moose, the best après bar in the United States.
The Place To Eat: Spur Restaurant & Bar - This is great food right on the mountain. The burger is a winner. For lunchers, the Bloody Mary is legendary.
2. SNOWBIRD | PAF: 96.76
3. ALTA | PAF: 92.05
Place To Eat: Eat a deliciously dense Tram Bar on the lift and keep lapping!
Place To Stay: Alta's Rustler Lodge is a classic. Mad powder karma here.
4. TELLURIDE | PAF: 91.92
Place to stay: The Peaks. Now owned by the resort itself, The Peaks has undergone considerable renovations. Its location and amenities make it tough to beat.
Place to eat: La Marmotte - charming, tasty, and all inside of a 19th-century cabin.
5. WHISTLER | PAF: 91.78
Place to stay: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Place to eat: We've mentioned this place before, but Peaked Pies must be tried.
6. VAIL | PAF: 91.58
Place to stay: The Sebastian is exemplary.
Place to eat: Mountain Standard. This place is a bonafide high-end city eatery in the middle of ski village.
7. ASPEN | PAF: 91.00
Place to eat: Remains the White House Tavern. Chicken Sandwich, people. Chow down.
Place to stay: The Gant gives skiers easy walking access to town, plus great condo-like rooms with easy access to the base of Aspen Mountain.
8. REVELSTOKE | PAF: 87.50
Where to stay: The Sutton Place Hotel - the only ski-in, ski-out hotel on the mountain
Where to eat: Woolsey Creek Bistro
9. PARK CITY | PAF: 86.70
Place to eat: We'd be remiss if we didn't send you to Fireside Dining at Deer Valley's Empire Canyon Lodge. The experience features changing stations of cuisine that may include seafood stews, giant lamb shanks, raclette softened in front of the fire, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Don't eat lunch.
Place to stay: Treasure Mountain Inn, on Park City's Main Street, gives skiers an elite location, walkable to the town lift, at reasonable prices for downtown. Skiers who stay here will have zero need for a car.
10. BEAVER CREEK | PAF: 85.9
Place to eat: Fill your tummy with cookies.
Place to stay: St. James Place Condos in the main village, good combination of price and location.
What do you think of their choices? For the full story and all of the details that went into each resorts PAF score click here!