Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have chosen Boyne Highlands, Mich., as having their "Favorite Downhill Terrain" in the Midwest. 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 is a sample of what OTS visitors wrote about Boyne Highlands: "To me, the definitive pro of the Highland is the length of the runs, long enough to give you the opportunity to work on your form. Great place to ski, good terrain." "This is a great place for the beginner to the advanced rider. Hills have a nice steady pitch to them."
Boyne Highlands offers the most vertical, longest runs, and steepest terrain around. There is a 552-foot vertical spread over 270 acres with plenty of lodging at the base. Ski or ride day or night. It's near its sister, Boyne Mountain, as well. There's a 500-foot halfpipe to keep snowboarders happy and a high-speed quad to help serve their 430 skiable acres.