Riding a glade at Jay Peak. Photo courtesy Jay Peak Resort.
Vermont Business Magazine Jay Peak Resort announced Tuesday it has been named among the Top 10 (#5 on the list) Best Ski areas by Liftopia, which operates the largest consumer marketplace and resort technology platform for ski lift tickets and other mountain activities. Voters in Liftopia’s 2016-17 Best in Snow Awards specifically touted Jay Peak Resort’s “tremendous amount of back country” with “New England-style skiing at its best including tight, twisty runs and challenging glade skiing that is far enough from the coast and gets tons of snow.”
“We’re proud of the one-of-a-kind ski and snowboard amenities we provide here at Jay Peak Resort,” said Steve Olson, CEO of Leisure Hotels and Resorts, the management team appointed by a federal court receiver to run and maintain the resort during the property’s transition period. “Our management and operation team continues to work hard and smart to ensure we deliver an elite top-to-bottom ski experience.”
The 2016-17 Best in Snow Awards, is the first and only list that ranks the best ski areas in North America based on feedback from thousands of skiers and snowboarders. The polling numbers are then combined with Liftopia‘s proprietary dataset which levels the playing field between big and small resorts in order to uncover the true top ski areas across North America based on what matters most to consumers including resorts' family friendliness, terrain, crowds, and snow consistency and quality, among other criteria.
Liftopia is the largest ski and marketing distribution platform with the most comprehensive and unbiased overview of the ski industry. To compile the 2016-17 Best in Snow Awards, Liftopia surveyed their audience of skiers and snowboarders, the largest online, to measure their enthusiasm on specific aspects of their favorite resorts such as family friendliness, challenging terrain, crowds, and snow consistency and quality. Respondents took into consideration criteria such as snow quality and conditions, grooming, snowmaking, accessibility, terrain variety and difficulty, vertical drop, learn to ski and snowboard programs, staff and instructors, resort size, crowds, dining options, accessibility of lifts and beginner terrain, lift lines, off-slope activities, the surrounding community, and cost of lift tickets, rentals and programs, among others.
More than 10,000 survey responses were then weighted with a proprietary algorithm based on Liftopia’s exclusive dataset. Because the majority of ski areas in North America are on the Liftopia Platform and because Liftopia has captured data about all North American ski areas the past 10 years, Liftopia’s dataset provides the most comprehensive and unbiased snapshot of the industry; the algorithm normalized the data for skier and snowboarder visits annually, size in terms of skiable acreage, average true cost of skiing based on effective ticket prices per resort (ticket window, advance purchase and season pass data) and uphill capacity. This leveled the playing field between big and small resorts, and the ski areas that surfaced as winners are the best, regardless of size, across seven categories and five regions based on what matters most to skiers and snowboarders.
About Jay Peak Resort
Jay Peak is a four season resort in Northern Vermont, close to Canada and Burlington, and far from anything resembling ordinary. Featuring a year-round indoor waterpark, ice arena, championship golf course and, of course, the East's best skiing and snowboarding, Jay offers a mountain getaway for everyone. Bring the kids for summer camp, yourself for August West Music Festival, or the entire staff for a corporate retreat that goes beyond the boardroom. Jay Peak Resort is managed and operated by Leisure Hotels and Resorts.
About Leisure Hotels and Resorts
Leisure Group of Companies, a Third-Party Professional Resort and Hotel Management firm, has a 33-year track record of managing, brokering and building hotels, resorts and condominiums, as well as managing distressed assets in a smooth and cost-effective manner - especially during the critical receivership/ transition phase. Leisure Hotels and Resorts specializes in independent operations and works with most major branded hotels of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), Hilton, Hyatt and Choice Hotels. For information, visit www.leisurehotel.com.
Source: January 17, 2017 (Jay, VT)- Jay Peak Resort