Everyone’s heard of the Oscars. The Emmys. The Grammys. There are tons of awards to celebrate the best of everything.
Which got me thinking. Why not let the world know what women skiers consider the best in the ski world? So a few weeks ago, I emailed a survey to all 2,700+ members of TheSkiDiva.com, the leading online community of women skiers, to determine their favorites in everything from skis and apparel to resorts. The winners would be named a 2011 Mountain Top Pick.
Now the results are in. No, there’s no prime time telecast on the major networks. Not even on cable (though who knows, maybe someday…..). In the meantime, imagine this: a ballroom filled with luminaries from the ski industry. Look — there’s Lindsay Vonn! Glen Plake! The CEO of Vail! Eddie the Eagle! Everyone dressed in their finest fleece and Gore Tex, sitting down to bowls of ski lodge chili and local microbrew.
For now we’ll have to make do with simply listing the results on this blog. So here are the winners of the 2011 Mountain Top Awards from TheSkiDiva.com
(Please hold your applause til all the winners are announced.)
Favorite Front Side Carver: Volkl Tierra
Favorite Powder Ski: Rossignol S110W
Favorite All Mountain Ski: Volkl Aura
Favorite Ski Boot: Dalbello Krypton Storm
Favorite Ski Goggle: Smith IO/S
Favorite Helmet: Smith Variant Brim
Favorite Base Layer: Patagonia Capilene
Favorite Ski Sox: Smartwool
Favorite Jacket brand: Arc’tyrex
Favorite Ski Pants: The North Face
Favorite Gloves or Mittens: Swany
Favorite Eastern Resort: Stowe
Favorite Western Resort: Alta
Favorite Midwestern Resort: Nub’s Nob
Favorite Eastern Canada Resort: Mont Tremblant
Favorite Western Canada Resort: Whistler Blackcomb
Favorite European Resort: Val d’Isere
Favorite Women’s Clinic: Okemo’s Women’s Alpine Adventures
Favorite Kids Ski School: Keystone
Unfortunately, we don’t have any statuettes or plaques to award. Just a handy dandy logo that the winners may or may not use.
Congratulations to all those who were selected. To the Divas, you’re the best!
(You may now applaud.)