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SAM Magazine--Oceanside, Calif., Oct. 15, 2004--Whistler tops the TransWorld Snowboarding Resort Guide list as the best overall area for snowboarding in North America. The magazine guide includes ratings on 56 areas across the continent on pipes, parks and overall quality. The Resort Guide hits newsstands Oct. 19.

Rounding out the top three are Mammoth and Park City. Vail and Breckenridge follow. Top Eastern area is Mount Snow at number eight.

The balloting was done last April and drew thousands of submissions from readers. They rated resorts on design, grooming, variety, and challenge level of parks and pipes. For the overall rating readers evaluated everything from lifts and lodging to nightlife, on-mountain food and that elusive quality, vibe.

The overall top ten:

1. Whistler, B.C., CAN

2. Mammoth, CA

3. Park City, UT

4. Vail, CO

5. Breckenridge, CO

6. Squaw Valley, CA

7. Copper Mtn., CO

8. Mount Snow, VT

9. Winter Park, CO

10. Snowbird, UT \