According to a Ski Magazine reader survey, Park City's Canyons Resort was ranked as one of the top resorts in North America. Moving six spots from the previous year, Canyons Resort took the 10th spot on the list. The annual list, which will be released later this month, uses thousands of reader surveys to compile the rankings.
"Over the last couple of years, we've made our way in rapid fashion up the list," said Mike Goar, General Manager of Canyons Resort. "Making it into the Top 10 was a benchmark that our employees, that everyone here, is quite proud of, and the employees really deserve the credit. We received very high marks on our customer service."
When Talisker bought the resort in 2007, the property's score hovered in the mid-to-low 20's. Last year, the resort moved up the list, ranked 16th in North American in a competition against resorts in the United States and Canada.
"(Talisker) has put a lot of money in to the resort since they bought it in 2008," said Ski Magazine Travel Editor Samantha Berman, "so it's not surprising at all. Skiers are seeing the results of that money. From on-mountain dining to the terrain to ski school, they've touched everything across board."
"The resort has a different feel to it," she added. "Skiers notice these kinds of things."
Canyons Resort made upgrades to the Resort Village and its on-mountain dining, as well as adding 300 acres of intermediate and advanced trails. The resort also boasts new lodging and dining properties this year and upgrades to its terrain parks.
"There are further terrain enhancement, whether it's tree glade-ing or improving existing terrain, we're making improvements."
"We've have an ongoing program, something that has always been a priority, to continually improve the terrain," he added.
The surveys allow responders to rank up to six resorts and pull from 20 different criteria on the survey. Ski Magazine sent out 20,000 print surveys as well as another 20,000 through email. Roughly 25 percent of the surveys sent out are answered, Berman said.
The magazine plans to release the full list shortly before the print edition hits stands on Oct. 16.