So much for “best of” lists.

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 11/09/09 •  1 min read

Outside magazine just came out with its top 16 ski areas. SKI magazine lists its top 50 every year . And Skiing has its own top ten.

Number one? For Outside, it’s Alta. For SKI, Deer Valley. For Skiing, Whistler/Blackcomb.

They’re all great ski areas. But the fact that each magazine has a different resort in its top slot clearly demonstrates: It’s all a matter of opinion.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t pay much attention to resort ratings. The whole thing is so subjective, simply because what’s good for one person may not be good for another. Everyone has different priorities. For example, you may love Okemo, VT. But for someone who wants to nail the chutes at Jackson Hole, for example, Okemo isn’t going to cut it.

It really depends on where you are with your skiing and what you’re looking for. My advice? Get the best match, and you’ll be a happy skier.