Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have chosen Northstar-at-Tahoe in the California High Sierra as having their "Favorite Terrain Parks" in the Far West for the second consecutive year. 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.
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."
Here are just a few samples of what OTS visitors wrote about Northstar: "Super fun tree runs, and everything you need in a terrain park. The parks at Northstar are the best I've seen in Tahoe." Another visitor wrote: "Northstar also puts a lot of effort into keeping a great park. There are tons of new obstacles put in through most of the winter. The park staff also makes sure to keep all features of the park well maintained and groomed."
Northstar-at-Tahoe offers an excellent family experience with seven terrain parks. The resort has a vertical of 2,280 feet, its longest run is a thigh-taxing 1.3 miles long, and there is 2,420 acres of skiable terrain.