Over the course of the 2012 ski season, we posted thousands of resort reviews written by our readers. Those reviews ultimately decide the winners of the OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice Awards.

As a user-generated award, the Visitors' Choice Awards represent the collective opinion of you, our readers, on how well resorts across North America delivered on the experience you expected. Users rank resorts on a scale of 1-5 stars in five categories: Family, Park & Pipe, All Mountain Terrain, Nightlife and Overall Excellence.

Have a look at the 2012 Visitors' Choice Award winners to plan your next ski vacation.