For the past few years, Forbes has been teaming up with ZRankings.com to create an annual list of the top ski destinations. Their list are created by including resort statistics like average snowfall, terrain, popularity and town vibe. These factors are then punched into a master algorithm that spits out the top 10 ski areas.
This season they also included information on the new pass offerings in the algorithm.
“Just a year ago, Vail’s Epic Pass remained the unrivaled choice for skiers seeking a diversity of geographies and ski resorts on an unlimited ski pass. The Ikon Pass has remade the landscape, however. This resultant competition of Ikon vs. Epic presents skiers with two passes with resort lineups that are uncannily comparable.”
It’s a pretty fair list and the entire article with worth a read: