Three of Summit County’s ski resorts were recognized as among the best in the country by SKI magazine readers.
Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort and Copper Mountain made it into the top 30 ski resorts in the West in SKI magazine’s annual reader ratings of North American ski resorts.
While the designation didn’t spark celebrations in the streets, as happened in No. 1 recognized resort Jackson Hole, local ski area representatives said they were happy to be included on the list.
Breckenridge Ski Resort got the highest rating of Summit County ski areas, coming in at No. 16 out of 30.
The resort was recognized by readers as having it all — including “varied level terrain, gorgeous restaurants and happening nightlife.” Other SKI magazine readers said the resort had the best steeps and trees and high-alpine bowl skiing in the country.
“We are incredibly proud that Breckenridge continues to be recognized amongst the top resorts across many different media outlet rankings in the ski and travel industry,” said Breckenridge Ski Resort representative Kristen Petitt. “And we agree — Breck has it all.”
Keystone Resort came in No. 23 in SKI magazine’s reader survey.
“Night skiing is this resort’s niche, allowing one to fly into Denver, drive to Summit County, get settled in a condo, and still have time to hit the slopes all in the same day,” according to one SKI magazine reader.
Keystone was also recognized for its easily explored bowls, and the ability to find fresh tracks in the trees in North Bowl.
Copper Mountain was designated No. 26 in the Best Ski Resorts in the West.
It was recognized by readers as having a naturally divided terrain — with runs getting more difficult as guests headed west to east.
The backside terrain was recognized by SKI magazine readers as being some of the best available to expert skiers in the Copper and Spaulding bowls. The bumps in the Resolution and Union bowls were noted, as well as the terrain near the Alpine lift.
“A trait that’s always been unique to Copper is its naturally-divided terrain, allowing guests to have the best experience possible on the hill,” said Stephanie Sweeney, spokeswoman for Copper Mountain. “Copper strives to establish a low-key, genuine feeling that is inclusive and comfortable for all,” she said.
Vail Mountain made it into the top 3, topped only by Deer Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyo.