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NEW YORK (AP) -- Autumn leaves are just starting to turn color in most parts of the country. But if you love to ski, you're already looking ahead to the arrival of winter, planning your visits to snowy slopes and shopping around for preseason offers.
SKI Magazine is just out with its annual "Top 50 Resort Guide," which names Deer Valley, Utah, as the No. 1 ski resort in North America. Deer Valley was No. 2 in last year's survey, and has won first place three times in the survey's 20-year history.
Deer Valley also received top honors from SKI readers in the categories of service, grooming and dining. Other Utah resorts that were No. 1 in various categories included Snowbird, voted "Best Skier's Mountain," and Alta, voted top "Weekend Escape."
Colorado had six resorts in the overall top 10 list, more than any other state. Vail was No. 2, after Deer Valley. Whistler Blackcomb, in British Columbia, Canada, was third on the list, followed by Aspen and Snowmass, both in Colorado; Park City, Utah; Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Steamboat, Colo., and in the No. 10 spot, Sun Valley Idaho.
The magazine offers a separate list for East Coast resorts. Tremblant, in Quebec, Canada, took the top spot there, followed by Smugglers Notch, Vt.; Whiteface, N.Y.; Stowe, Vt.; Holiday Valley, N.Y.; Sugarloaf, Maine; Sugarbush, Vt.; Killington, Vt.; Bretton Woods, N.H., and Okemo, Vt.
Smuggler's Notch also was ranked the nation's top resort in the "Family Ski Trip" category.
Nearly 7,000 SKI Magazine subscribers took part in the "Top 50 Resort Guide" survey.
The complete list is in SKI's October issue is available by clicking on the related link.
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