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Written by The Business Journal Staff
Those looking for the best snow on the West Coast needn’t look far.
Liftopia named Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area off Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park as both the least crowded ski resort in the region and as having the best snow in the West Coast region in its Best in Snow awards, according to a press release. Yosemite Ski also won the least crowded title for the second year in a row.
This is the third year the lift ticket website and marketplace held its Best in Snow awards. For the overall Best in Snow categories, the top three spots went to Magic Mountain and Mad River Glen in Vermont and Titus Mountain in New York.
The Best in Snow Awards recognize the top ski areas in North America to bring relevant information to skiers and snowboarders of all levels and ages.
“For the third year, Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards is the only ranking that levels the playing field between big and small resorts to uncover the top mountains that skiers and riders are most passionate about,” said Evan Reece, co-founder and CEO of Liftopia.
The factors included total snowfall, snow quality, terrain and ambiance to crowds. On April 1, the Department of Water Resources measured the snow level at 51 inches at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, placing it at 200% above average for the area.
Ski resorts in other U.S. and Canadian regions received top honors in seven categories including Top 10 Best in Snow, Beginner Friendly, Most Challenging, Family Friendly, Best Snow Consistency and Quality, Least Crowded and Best Value.
To compile the awards, approximately 8,000 consumers were surveyed to measure their enjoyments of specific aspects of the resorts such as challenging terrain, crowds, family friendliness, snow consistency and overall quality, the responses were then weighted with an algorithm based on Liftopia’s exclusive dataset.
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area announced on their Facebook that they closed for the season on April 1.