Visitors to OnTheSnow.com have chosen Squaw Valley USA in the California High Sierra as having their "Favorite Downhill Terrain" in the Far West for the second consecutive year. The data period for voting was January 2011 when a Nielsen audit showed 3.4 million unique browsers logged in to the world's most visited Web platform. OnTheSnow.com is published by Mountain News Corp.
The ski resort with the top average score (on a scale of 1 to 5) in each category, and a minimum number of entries, receives the award. Visitors then ranked them in five categories: Overall Favorite, Best Nightlife, Most Family-Friendly, Best Downhill Terrain, and Best Terrain Park.
"User-generated content is a very powerful and effective way Web visitors have to communicate with each other," said Mountain News Global Managing Director Chad Dyer. "Skiers and snowboarders are relying on the word of their peers when they make resort choices."
Here are just a few samples of what OTS visitors wrote about Squaw: "Good variety of groomed/ natural areas. It is a large resort with tons of skiable acres. There's something for every kind of advanced skier to Squaw Valley - steep, bumps, trees skiing, cliffs and great bowls when the powder flies." Another visitor wrote: "There is plenty of terrain at Squaw to play without getting bored. What's so unique about this resort is its terrain with wide-open bowls that you can't really see anywhere in America and are a lot more common in Europe."
Squaw Valley, site of the Winter Olympic Games in 1960, is a legendary vacation destination located in California's High Sierra. There are 33 lifts, including North America's only Funitel, and an aerial Cable Car, access to six peaks, and 4,000 acres of terrain.