We’re not here to split hairs about chair placements and tap choices. The selection of a mascot is the single most important choice a ski area can make. Some say a good pick can make or break a resort. To that end, we’ve created a list of the very best ski area mascots and ranked them. If you didn’t make the cut, sorry—this list is extremely selective. Ivy League who?
Enough chit-chat. Let’s talk criteria. An ideal mascot should have the following characteristics:
1. A mascot must bear SOME passing relation to a uniqueness about your mountain. This should be obvious but is not always the case.
Good examples of this are the Boston Red Sox’s Wally the Green Monster, aptly named for the feature of Fenway Park that swats away would-be homers. Another is Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot who so deeply embodies the insanity of Philly sports fans that he created a cult internet following that exists far outside the world of hockey.
Bad examples of this: Gidget, The Taco Bell chihuahua whose relation to the brand is that it’s… Mexican? The Rhode Island School of Design’s mascot. Just… Google it.