Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have chosen Spirit Mountain, Minn., as having the Best Terrain Park in the Midwest Region. OnTheSnow.com is the most visited winter sports Web portal in the world, generating 1.6 million unique visitors per month during the winter season.

Here's a sampling of what OnTheSnow.com visitors wrote about Spirit Mountain: "The snow was deep for Spirit Mountain, and the turns were soft and powdery...something you don't get to say in the Midwest very much."; "The turns were beautifully soft across ungroomed fresh snow sitting on top of more natural snow than has ever covered Spirit."; "Even with the colder temps, you can still expect some great turns in the Midwest ... if you're hearty enough to brave the cold!" Click here to read the reviews.

OnTheSnow's Visitors Choice Awards are chosen solely by visitors to OnTheSnow.com. Awards are based on ratings in five categories: Best Overall Resort, Best Downhill Terrain, Most Family Friendly, Best Terrain Park and Best Nightlife, and for combined totals of visitors going to individual resort pages on the site.

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 one of the most powerful and effective ways Web visitors have to communicate with each other," said Mountain News Corp. President and Publisher Rob Brown of OnTheSnow.com. "Skiers and snowboarders are relying on the word of their peers when they make resort choices."

Brown 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.com is the Web's most visited snow skiing site with a Nielsen-audited 1.6 million unique monthly visitors. The site offers the ski reports, ski resort reviews, web cams and skiing deals for virtually every ski resort in the world. Please click for the complete list of the 2009 OnTheSnow Visitors Choice Awards. There are 13 International Editions of OnTheSnow in seven languages.