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December 16, 2009

Ski Resort Smackdown: And the Winner Is...

By Lacy Morris

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UNTOUCHED POWDER: North Lake Tahoe, California (Tom Zikas)

Results have been calculated and by most accounts, we didn't anger too many of our loyal readers with our slightly biased, yet completely well-intentioned list of top North American ski resorts. We received the most votes from people who wanted to praise us for including Alta Resort among our chosen few. Tahoe came in a close second, and brought us our winner, Barbara Hill from California who wrote in to defend and state a case for her favorite, Tahoe's Sugar Bowl:

"In spite of heavily advertised competition in the Lake Tahoe area, Sugar Bowl remains my favorite. Location, location, location—Sugar Bowl has it over all the others. Don't get slowed down at Donner Summit; get off Highway 80 earlier and head for The Bowl. If you get there early enough you're rewarded with a parking spot in the garage. The gondola ride across the gorge is only the first thrill. With 12 lifts, 91 runs, and home of the snow gods, skiers and boarders at every level are happy. It's not "Sugar" just because it's white; this is the finest powder around. Scenery is spectacular while cruising Mt. Judah, and doesn't matter while whizzing down Silverbelt. This year, Olympic training is an extra kick. You, too, can try the course when they aren't training or watch and be wowed when they are."

Other notable mentions came in for Whistler, with four votes, and Vail, with three. Congratulations on your new gear, Barbara. 

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