We’ve made some big changes to the is­sue for­merly known as “Top 50 Re­sorts.” We’re pretty ex­cited about it. Find out why.

SKI - - CONTENTS - —Sa­man­tha Ber­man, Con­tent Di­rec­tor

It never fails. When­ever I tell some­one that I work at SKI, they in­vari­ably ask me where they should ski next sea­son. To which I al­way counter with a few ques­tions of my own: “Who are you ski­ing with?” “What level skier are you?” and “What type of ter­rain do you like to ski?” In­ter­est­ingly, never once have I replied: “Well, the No. 1 re­sort in North Amer­ica is (fill in the blank), so you should to­tally go there!”

Of course not, be­cause while the No. 1 re­sort in SKI’s an­nual Reader Re­sort Sur­vey is al­ways a great and de­serv­ing des­ti­na­tion, it’s not nec­es­sar­ily the best va­ca­tion for ev­ery­one. We’ve been wrestling with this co­nun­drum for years here at SKI. The ski re­sorts around the U.S. and Canada are in­cred­i­bly vast and unique—each brings some­thing dif­fer­ent to the va­ca­tion equa­tion. Does the No. 11 re­sort of­fer a lesser ex­pe­ri­ence than the No. 3 re­sort? No. That why, this year, we fi­nally de­cided to evolve the cov­er­age around our Reader Re­sort Sur­vey to bet­ter serve you, the skier.

I’ll get right to the point. There’s no longer a No. 1 re­sort in the West or East, or any other ranked re­sorts, in our new “Re­sorts of the Year” fea­ture (page 48). We took the in­for­ma­tion gleaned from the sur­vey data, com­bined it with the col­lec­tive ex­per­tise of our ed­i­tors and con­tribut­ing writ­ers, and fo­cused our re­sort cov­er­age on an­swer­ing that sin­gu­lar ques­tion: “Where should you ski this win­ter?” You’ll find in­tel and in­sights on more North Amer­i­can re­sorts than ever be­fore—67 to be spe­cific—with re­views de­signed to highlight the very best as­pects of a va­ca­tion at each one. If a re­sort per­formed well in a sur­vey cat­e­gory, such as Ter­rain Va­ri­ety, Chal­lenge, or Après, we’ll let you know via the side­bar, and if it scored ex­ceed­ingly well, look for our new Re­sorts of the Year badge. We also doled out “Ed­i­tor’s Choice” awards at staff dis­cre­tion, so you’ll find those sprin­kled through­out, as well.

We’re ex­cited to evolve this con­tent into a pack­age that bet­ter serves ev­ery­one—in­clud­ing the re­sorts—and we hope you find it help­ful in plan­ning your next ski va­ca­tion. For those cu­ri­ous about the sur­vey data, we will share the re­sults in all 20 cat­e­gories on­line at skimag.com/re­sorts, so be sure to check it out as you plan your win­ter trav­els. En­joy the is­sue!

Crested Butte, Colo.: Come for tough ter­rain and a great ski town.

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