Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have chosen Squaw Valley USA in the California High Sierra as having their "Favorite Downhill Terrain" 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 Squaw: "Best mountain in Tahoe, hands down, no contest. Massive amount of terrain, variety of terrain: everything from the most extreme 'in-bounds off-piste' skiing (Palisades) to an extensive beginner program, and awesome powder..." "There's something for every kind of advanced skier to Squaw Valley - steep, bumps, trees skiing, cliffs and great bowls when the powder flies."
Squaw Valley, site of the Winter Olympic Games in 1960, is a legendary vacation destination plunked down squarely at the end of a scenic Sierra valley. Squaw's terrain may seem endless to those trying to conquer it, with 33 lifts, including North America's only Funitel and an aerial Cable Car, six peaks, 4,000 acres, and 2,850 vertical feet of terrain.
- 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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