The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. mountain height
The height of the mountain is the difference in height between the lowest and highest point. Tall mountains can offer longer pistes, better views, and often better snowfall.
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
4. Allows off-piste skiing
In resorts which allow off piste-skiing, you can ski anywhere which is great for adventurous types. However, there are hazards such cliff edges, avalanches or simply getting lost and suffering exhaustion.
68% have it
5. The resort is serviced by public transport
The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
38% have it
6. distance from airport
A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.
Smugglers Notch: 0.03km
7. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
8. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
9. trails (difficult)
Ski trail difficulty is measured in "percent slope", a system in which a 100% slope equals a 45-degree angle. High-difficulty trails (marked with a black diamond) have a slope gradient of more than 40%; such trails are designed for experienced skiers who enjoy a good challenge.
Big Sky: 150
10. The resort has open cross country skiing
Cross country skiing is an Olympic sport which provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body.
88% have it
11. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
12. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
13. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
14. seasonal snowfall
The average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
18. trails (medium)
Ski trail difficulty is measured in "percent slope", a system in which a 100% slope equals a 45-degree angle. Medium difficulty trails (marked with a blue square) have a slope gradient between 25% and 40%. These trails are ideal for regular skiers.
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
19. snowfall february
Average snowfall in the month of February.
20. number of museums
Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
Banff Mount Norquay: 25
21. months open yearly
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
22. snowfall november
Average snowfall in the month of November.
Whistler Blackcomb: 85inches
23. trails (easy)
Ski trail difficulty is measured in "percent slope", a system in which a 100% slope equals a 45-degree angle. Low difficulty trails (marked with a green circle) have a slope gradient between 6% and 25%. Resorts with a lot of low difficulty trails are ideal for beginners or people with low ability.
24. snowfall january
Average snowfall in the month of January.
25. season pass price
The season pass price gives you unlimited access to the resort for the entire ski season.