Alta
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Key facts and figures

Alta: 47 facts and highlights

1. ski slopes

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
116
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.
616meters
Gressoney: 3550meters

3. restaurants

More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
12
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180

4. 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.
Alta
38% have it

5. distance from airport

A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.
53.1km
Smugglers Notch: 0.03km

6. 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.
Alta
68% have it

7. Winter olympics host

The resort has played host to the winter olympics. This means it is likely to have a range of professional slopes, other winter sports, and finally, good facilities and well developed transport links.
Alta
17% have it

8. ski pass daily

The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
79$
Sansicario: 0$

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.
41
Big Sky: 150

10. Has toboggan runs

Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
Alta
53% have it

11. restaurants on the slopes

Rather than having to trek back to the base of the mountain, it is a lot more convenient to have restaurants and bars on the slopes.
1
Ellmau: 70

12. Has night skiing

Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
Alta
51% have it

13. 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.
Alta
88% have it

14. has lake/s

Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
Alta
40% have it

15. snowfall march

Average snowfall in the month of March.
129inches
Engelberg: 186.3inches

16. snowfall december

Average snowfall in the month of December.
131.5inches
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches

17. 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.
514inches
Alyeska: 650inches

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.
46
Whistler Blackcomb: 110

19. has smoking ban in public places

Source: city's official website, 2017.
Alta
59% have it

20. Has a ski school

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
Alta
94% have it

21. ski lifts total capacity

This is the amount of people that can be transported by ski lifts etc. per hour. A bigger uphill capacity can indicate less waiting time, although it will be affected by how busy the resort is.
10750
Val Gardena: 115238

22. Has a bobsled track

This is a long track, usually made of concrete covered in ice. They are used for bobsledding, and some can be used for other sports such as luge and skeleton.
Alta
7% have it

23. summit height above sealevel

The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
3216meters
Claviere: 5774meters

24. base elevation

The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
2600meters
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters

25. Has ice climbing areas

Ice climbing is a great sport for adrenalin seekers. It entails climbing frozen cliff edges/waterfalls using tools such as ice axes in order to grip the surface.
Alta
37% have it

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