Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have chosen Kirkwood Resort in the California High Sierra as their "Favorite Overall Resort" in the Far West. The data period for voting was January 2010 when a Nielsen audit showed 2.3 million unique browsers logged in to the world's most visited Web portal. OnTheSnow.com is published by Mountain News Corp.
The ski resort with the top average score (on a scale of 1 to 5) in each category, and a minimum number of entries, receives the award. Visitors then ranked them in five categories: Overall Favorite, Best Nightlife, Most Family-Friendly, Best Downhill Terrain, and Best Terrain Park.
"User-generated content is a very powerful and effective way Web visitors have to communicate with each other," said Mountain News Corp. President and Publisher Rob Brown. "Skiers and snowboarders are relying on the word of their peers when they make resort choices."
Here are just a few samples of what OTS visitors wrote about Kirkwood: "It is surely one of the best ski resorts in the world! After a storm, it is packed with deep powder. The lift lines are short and there is no traffic along the way. But the best thing about it is its unsurpassed terrain..." "Kirkwood is the perfect well-rounded resort. It has great steeps, great beginner terrain, great trees, great bowls, and there is always a challenge lurking around every turn..."
Kirkwood has a base elevation of 7,800 feet, and it is the highest starting point of any major resort in Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood catches the best snowstorms streaming in to the Sierra. There are 2,300 acres for skiing and riding, 65 trails, two high-speed quads, and top to bottom snowmaking on four runs.
- Favorite Far West Resort: Kirkwood, Calif.
- Favorite Far West Downhill Terrain: Squaw Valley USA, Calif.
- Favorite Far West Family Friendly: Snow Summit, Calif.
- Favorite Far West Terrain Park: Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif.
- Favorite Far West Nightlife: Heavenly, Calif.
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