SKI Magazine Readers Vote Jackson Hole North America’s Overall #1 Resort for 2014

September 18, 2013,
Jackson Hole, U.S.A.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is excited to share that SKI Magazine has ranked its backyard ski mountain #1 Overall Resort in North America in the annual SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll. 

SKI Magazine’s survey, now in its 26th year, provides an annual snapshot of the Top 50 resorts in North America. Readers rank resorts in 20 different categories that include everything from snow and lifts to dining and service.  The SKI survey is the longest-running annual resort survey in the winter sports industry and since 2005, the #1 award has been dominated by Deer Valley, Vail Mountain and mostly recently Whistler in 2013.  Last winter Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) was #6 overall and before that, had not been ranked inside the top ten. “This award truly reflects the combined efforts of our ownership, the dedicated JHMR staff, and the Jackson Hole community,” stated JHMR President Jerry Blann.

Jackson Hole earned the top spot this year, as well as Top 10 rankings in a wide range of areas, from Challenge and Character (both #1s) to Lodging (#3) and Service (#7).  For a mountain never known for extensive grooming until the recent All New All Blue initiatives, Jackson Hole ranked #19 in grooming this year. “Jackson Hole has done as good of a job as any resort in recent memory of expanding its appeal to a wider audience, now offering a remarkable experience to skiers of all talents and tastes,” Greg Ditrinco, Editor of SKI Magazine says. 

These results affirm the community’s goal to continually improve the guest experience year over year.  “The Kemmerer Family and JHMR’s Board of Directors have been dedicated to improving the infrastructure of the resort and with their focused leadership more than USD 135 million in on-mountain improvements have been invested. That, combined with the hard work of JH AIR, the JH Travel & Tourism Board, Wyoming Tourism and the passionate local community, has transformed Jackson Hole into a premier winter destination,” Blann commented, and added, “This is an exciting time for JHMR and all of Jackson Hole.  Our plan is to continue on the path that has led to this #1 award - staying true to our independent spirit, our western hospitality and a truly authentic offering in the ski industry.”

“This positions Jackson Hole on a strong footing heading into this season.  Additionally, we are in good company with the Mountain Collective partnership, five of our Mountain Collective Resort partners are in the SKI Top 15, with Whistler (#6), Snowmass (#9), Aspen Mountain (#13) and Mammoth (#14).  It validates that SKI readers believe in the unique and high calibre resort experiences these mountains offer,” stated JHMR Chief Marketing Officer Adam Sutner. 

To thank the community and share the announcement of #1, JHMR will host a party on the Jackson Town Square on Thursday, September 19, 2013 starting at 5:00 pm.  There will be a short video premiere, Grand Pass giveaway, athlete signings and more.