The rankings are live! See where your favorite Western resorts landed in the 2023 SKI Magazine Resort Guide.
What an interesting year for the annual SKI Magazine Top 50 resort rankings. Not in the winners, per se. Those remained the same both in the West and the East. But there was plenty of movement on the rest of the list, most of which tracks precisely with the major industry trends and issues we saw throughout last season.
This is not surprising considering that the Top 50 rankings are the results of the 2023 Reader Resort Survey we sent out last spring. What better way to take the pulse of the ski-travel scene than to hear from the people visiting the resorts? That’s you, our readers.
Most notably this year, one resort took one of the biggest nosedives we’ve ever seen in the history of the rankings. Park City fell from No. 13 to No. 30—dead last in the West. If that’s not a direct commentary on Vail Resorts’ management of the massive resort, we don’t know what is.
We have also one newcomer to the list—check out No. 11, below—as well as several returning ski areas that pop into and out of the rankings depending on several factors. These are places such as Wyo.’s Grand Targhee and Powder Mountain, Utah, both back on the list this year, no doubt a reflection of skiers’ desire seek out less crowded and more pure ski experiences, where things like full parking lots, long lift lines, and exorbitant lunch offerings are not the norm.