SKI magazine awards Whistler as the Number One resort in North America

The accolades keep rolling in as readers from SKI magazine awards Whistler as the best resort in North America

Whistler, B.C. (Sept. 18/14) – Whistler resort is on top of the world, with Whistler Blackcomb reclaiming the number one spot in the annual SKI Magazine readers’ survey.

The annual survey of more than 20,000 magazine readers reviews the top resorts in North America, examining on-mountain and resort-wide amenities and services and those readers of SKI Magazine have ranked Whistler as the number one overall ski destination in North America for the second time in three years. The complete list of rankings is listed in SKI Magazine’s October issue.

The award is a great kick-start to the upcoming winter season, with Whistler and Blackcomb mountains scheduled to open in just over two months’ time, on November 27.

“We are honoured to receive this recognition from the readers of SKI Magazine,” says Dave Brownlie, President and Chief Executive Officer at Whistler Blackcomb. “As the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind, we know the SKI Magazine rankings influence people’s decisions when planning their ski vacations around the world so we are grateful to be recognized as No. 1. Our size, terrain variety and on-mountain experiences combined with our resort lodging, dining and off-hill activities create a unique, unmatched experience in North America for all skiers and riders.”

“This is very exciting news,” said Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler’s President & CEO. “We know that our guests are loyal to the resort and value all that Whistler has to offer – it’s fantastic to have this reaffirmed by one of the ski magazine industry’s most prestigious surveys. This type of recognition is a significant endorsement for Whistler and helps to draw positive attention to the resort as a world-class destination. Tourism Whistler congratulates Whistler Blackcomb and the activity, dining and accommodation businesses who contributed to putting Whistler on top. This impressive ranking by SKI Magazine readers reflects not only the exemplary product that we offer but also the resort’s commitment to excellence.”

The poll is in its 27th year and is the most extensive in the industry.

While mountain-specific results included the top spot in terrain/variety and additional kudos in the categories of lifts, on-mountain food, terrain parks and terrain/challenge, resort-wide categories also saw impressive results with the number one spot in the areas of après ski and off-hill activities and recognition for lodging, dining, scenery, service, kid-friendly, sustainability, character, and overall satisfaction.

The latest SKI Magazine award follows a series of impressive accolades bestowed upon the resort in recent weeks including: Top BC Events and Festivals (top 20):

Whistler Pride + Ski Festival
World Ski and Snowboard Festival
Whistler Film Festival

Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: Top hotels overall (top 100):

Four Seasons Resort Whistler (81)

Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: Top resorts in Canada(top 10):

Four Seasons Resort Whistler (2)
Fairmont Chateau Whistler 6)
Pan Pacific Mountainside (8)

Celebrated Living Magazine Platinum List: Top 10 Canadian Hotels:

Fairmont Chateau Whistler (6)
Westin Resort & Spa Whistler (8)
Four Seasons Resort Whistler (10)

Additional notable awards in 2014 include:

The 2014 UltraTravel 100 Awards:

Best Ski Resort in the World

Condé Nast Traveller – Best hotels and Resorts of the Americas (Platinum Circle)

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Condé Nast Traveller – Top Hotels and Resorts of the Americas (Gold List)

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Luxury Travel (Australia) – Best Overseas Ski Resort (Gold)

Whistler Blackcomb

TripAdvisor – Best Hotels in Canada

Nita Lake Lodge (13)
First Tracks Lodge (24)

Trip Advisor – Best Canadian Destination (top 10)

Whistler | Whistler Blackcomb

Where Magazine’s “Where to Dine” Awards

Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Formal Whistler

Vancouver Magazine Awards

Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Whistler – Gold Award
Bearfoot Bistro – Best Whistler – Silver Award
Sidecut – Best Whistler – Bronze Award
Alta Bistro – Honourable Mention
Mexican Corner – Honourable Mention

Vancouver International Wine Festival Awards

Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Gold Wine List Award
Alta Bistro – Gold Wine List Award
Rim Rock Café – Silver Wine List Award

The Georgia Straight’s 17th annual Golden Plates Awards

Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Whistler Restaurants (first place)
Bearfoot Bistro – Best Whistler Restaurants (second place)
Rim Rock Café – Best Whistler Restaurants (third place)
Whistler Brewing Company’s Bear Paw Honey Lager – Best BC Beer Brewed Outside Vancouver (third place)

US News, Travel: 2014 Best Hotels in Canada

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

With all of these incredible accolades it is great to see that both the Whistler resort partners including the hotel, restaurant and activity partners and Whistler Blackcomb are not sitting on their laurels, but instead continue to evolve and improve the Guest Experience. Click to read more of what you can expect that is NEW for the 2014.15 Ski Season! >>Read More

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