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Big Sky Resort made a big leap in Ski Magazine's 22nd annual Reader Resort Survey, with a ranking of 12th in the Top 30 resorts in the west. The consistent average snowfall of 400 inches and virtual non-existent lift lines has pushed Big Sky Resort to beat out many Colorado and Utah resorts.

Big Sky made the single biggest jump in the rankings this year (+11), with four Top 10 finishes. One reader was quoted, "the terrain is killer, value is unbelievable compared to Colorado or Utah and every resort should have the pool-size hot tub the Summit Hotel has."

The readers of Ski Magazine rank resorts in 20 different categories, then Ski Magazine calculates those results determining the resorts placement into the top 30 resorts in the west. Of those 20 different categories, Big Sky Resort ranked in the top 10 for Overall Satisfaction (7th), Scenery (8th), Variety (3rd), and Challenge (5th). Other notable category rankings for Big Sky were Lodging, Snow, Grooming, Lifts, Service, and Character.

Ski Magazine's 22nd annual Reader Resort Survey will come out in the October issue. Big Sky Resort will be opening for the 2013 - 2014 winter season on November 28, 2013.