Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have picked out the A51 Terrain Park at Park City Mountain Resort as their favorite in North America. The data period for voting was January 2011 when a Nielsen audit showed 3.4 million unique browsers logged in to the world's most visited Web platform. OnTheSnow.com is published by Mountain News Corp.
Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia continued to build on its legacy of hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics and received the top award as North America's Favorite Overall Resort.
Visitors also honored Winter Park, Colo., as their favorite "Family Friendly Terrain;" Jackson Hole Resort, Wyo., as having their "Favorite Downhill Terrain; and Breckenridge, Colo., for offering their "Favorite Nightlife."
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 Global Managing Director Chad Dyer. "Skiers and snowboarders are relying on the word of their peers when they make resort choices."
Dyer points out these rankings should not be used as comparisons of one resort to another, since all visitors to OnTheSnow.com have not visited every resort, and expectations of the ski experience vary greatly in regions throughout North America. "But, they do provide an accurate reflection of our visitors' experiences and their passion for particular resorts."
OnTheSnow visitors were enthusiastic about Park City's terrain parks. "Park City is a great all-around mountain, but it really shines with its groomed terrain and the terrain parks." "All I have to say if you are a boarder or skier who loves terrain parks a lot go here best terrain park I've been to. Park City is the epiphany of "heaven" for snowboarders."
Another visitor wrote, "This place offers everything for everyone. It is a great place for riders, boarders, beginners and pros alike. Make sure to check out the Jupiter Peak and bowl area."
Park City's mountain is broad and steep, and offers some of the most varied terrain in the Wasatch range. Park City is also home base and training site for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team. There are three terrain parks for different ability levels, 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, and 17 lifts.