The 26th annual readers’ poll ranks the top 60 North America ski resorts in SKI Magazine’s Resort Guide, hitting newsstands on October 16. The survey of 20,000 SKI readers is the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind in the winter sports industry.
Along with being named the #1 overall resort, Whistler Blackcomb ranked highly in many other individual categories, including:
- #1 overall in Terrain Variety
- #2 overall in Service, Lodging, Après, Off Hill Activities, and Digital Presence.
- Whistler Blackcomb also placed in the top five resorts for Challenge of Terrain, Lifts, On-Mountain Food, Dining, Scenery, Terrain Parks, and Overall Guest Satisfaction.
Canada's Greenest Employer
Canada's Best Employers for Young People
2012 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards Winner in the Power Smart Leader Category.
FREESKIER - "The Best"
Onthesnow.com – No. 1 Favourite North American Resort 2011
Australia's Luxury Travel Magazine – No. 1 Overseas Ski Resort 2011
Findthebest.com – Best Ski Resort in the World
Forbes.com – World's Best Ski Resorts
Yahoo.com – Top Five Ski Vacations in the World
Powderhounds.com – Top Overall Resorts
About.com – Top Ski Resorts
The Independent – 50 Best Ski Resorts
Virgin Holidays Responsible tourism Award - Highly commended
2012 Canada’s greenest employer award
Value Award Winner: Up! Magazine
Best Terrain: onthesnow.com, SKI Magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding, Powderhounds.com, and National Geographic
Best Après/Nightlife: FREESKIER, onthesnow.com, SKI Magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding, and Powderhounds.com.
Best Family Resort: SKI Magazine (Canadian Resorts)
Terrain parks – onthesnow.com
Family – onthesnow.com
Digital Programs – SKI Magazine
Best Steeps - FREESKIER
Resort in North America – SKI Magazine
Lifts – SKI Magazine
Overall satisfaction – SKI Magazine
"vibe" – TransWorld SNOW Boarding
Top Destination in Canada – Trip Advisor
Best Powder – FREESKIER
Best Family Resort in North America – SKI Magazine (No. 1 in Canada)
Best Pipe – Transworld SNOWBoarding
For the third year in a row Whistler Blackcomb celebrated Earth Day (April 22) as one of Canada's Greenest Employers as awarded by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers project. Whistler Blackcomb received recognition for three new energy conservation projects for the 2010/2011 ski representing over 1.3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in electrical savings. The energy saved translates to the equivalent amount of power it takes to run 74 homes in British Columbia for one year.
Whistler Blackcomb has claimed the title of "Favorite Overall Resort" in OnTheSnow.com's Visitors Choice Awards for the second year in a row. The OnTheSnow.com Visitor's Choice Awards are an annual list of favorite resorts as ranked by user ratings from the site's 3.4 million monthly unique visitors. OnTheSnow.com also named users' top regional picks in the Far West, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Rockies. Whistler Blackcomb ranked "Best Overall" from the Pacific Northwest region.
Consistently ranked as No. 1, Whistler Blackcomb tops mountain resort rankings once again this season. Whistler Blackcomb placed in the top three in six "overall" award categories including:
The annual magazine rankings rate resorts on a variety of set criteria, and Whistler Blackcomb consistently scores high in a variety of categories including terrain, snow quality, restaurants, lift capabilities, parks and pipes, snow school, lodging, amenities and much more. “Category” top three finishes for Whistler Blackcomb include:
Condé Nast Traveler
-No. 1 "Après"
-No. 2 "Dining"
-No. 1 Terrain
-No. 1 "Après"
-No. 1 "Mega-Resort"
-No. 1 Nightlife
-No. 2 Snowboarding
-No. 3 Spring Skiing
-No. 3 Scenery
-No. 1 Nightlife
-No. 1 Lodging
-No. 2 "Vibe"
-No. 2 Terrain
Whistler Blackcomb has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for a second year in a row. Canada's Greenest Employers competition has been running since 2007 and is organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers project in partnership with Mediacorp Canada Inc. Applicants were judged on a variety of criteria, including uniqueness, success and longevity of environmental initiatives, as well as employee and community engagement.
Clif Bar has honoured Whistler Blackcomb with the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence at the recent 2010 National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) National Convention and Tradeshow. This is the third time Whistler Blackcomb has received this honour, which is considered the highest level of environmental achievement in the ski industry.
According to the NSAA, judges credited Whistler Blackcomb with its comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship, including its efforts to reduce waste and conserve energy. Golden Eagle judges also recognized Whistler Blackcomb's involvement in the development of the Fitzsimmons Creek Renewable Energy project; a Run-of-River project that will produce enough power to match the company's entire annual energy consumption, which includes snowguns, lift operation and on-mountain restaurants. The hydro-powered facility, which became operational in early 2010, is located entirely within Whistler Blackcomb's operating area and was produced in partnership with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., Ledcor Power Group.
Overall resort in North America October 2009
For the 13th year in a row, readers at one of North America's premier ski magazines, SKIING, have ranked Whistler Blackcomb their choice for No. 1 resort and the resort they want to ski more than anywhere else. In addition to the terrain variety, nightlife and après ski activities always rank high. The après and nightlife scenes in Whistler Village are legendary, and it all takes place only steps from the base of the mountains.
"It's a poll of our readers, not the editors. And the readers overwhelmingly chose Whistler," says Jake Bogoch, editor of SKIING Magazine. "When our readers think of Whistler, they think of dark storms, granite-lined bowls, blocky cliffs, and long, long runs. That's why they want to go there more than anywhere else."
Whistler Blackcomb has achieved the top spot as North America’s Favourite Resort in the annual Visitor’s Choice awards. Onthesnow.com is the most visited snow sports website and the Visitor’s Choice Awards are based on guest feedback.
Onthesnow.com, which attracts an audited 2.3 million individuals monthly during the winter, gave visitors the opportunity to write reviews of all North American resorts as well as rank them in five categories; favourite resort, best nightlife, most family friendly, best downhill terrain and best terrain park. Whistler Blackcomb received top honours as North America’s Favourite Resort for the second time in the past three seasons.