Deer Valley holds onto title |

Deer Valley holds onto title

by Nan Chalat Noaker, Record editor

Deer Valley employees have been tight lipped this week, but now they can brag all they want. Deer Valley has been named the best ski area in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine for the third year in a row. Staffers celebrated quietly earlier this week but were asked to keep the news under wraps until the formal announcement was released. According to Deer Valley President Bob Wheaton, the resort topped five categories including Guest Services, Slope Grooming, On-mountain Food and Dining. As always, Wheaton deferred all of the credit for the honor to his staff. "I am very pleased and proud of the staff that earned this award," he said. Each year, SKI Magazine sends 20,000 ballots to its readers and also collects votes online. According to Wheaton, Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada earned the No. 2 spot and Colorado’s Vail took third. In the 20-plus years that SKI has been conducting the poll, only Vail has matched Deer Valley’s hat trick.