Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have chosen the nightlife at Colorado's Breckenridge Resort as having their "Favorite Nightlife" 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 Park City Mountain Resort, Utah, as having their "Favorite Terrain Parks."
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 Breckenridge nightlife. "Once you're done on the mountain, you can head into town on the Gondy. There are some great bars in town," wrote one reviewer. Said another: "The town has plenty of options for anyone. If you're hungry, just walk down Main Street and something will grab your attention. The best part of the time we were there was the town (itself). Loads of shops and tons of great restaurants."
All that terrain (2,380 acres), professional grooming, and down-home atmosphere make it easy to see why the mountain is such a favorite. An 8-passenger gondola called the BreckConnect runs visitors between the town and the ski resort's base area at Peak 8. You'll take a step back in time as you walk along Main Street in the old mining town, past the authentic buildings that have stood for over 100 years. Today, they host bars, restaurants, and shops.