86points

Alta

79points

Davos

90points

Vail

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Alta vs Davos vs Vail

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Why is Alta better than Davos & Vail?

  • Distance from airport
    53.1kmvs148,57km
  • Has a bobsled track

Why is Davos better than Alta & Vail?

    Why is Vail better than Alta & Davos?

    • Ski slopes
      193vs116,85
    • Summit height above sealevel
      3527metersvs3216,2843meters
    • Trails (medium)
      56vs46,40
    • Trails (difficult)
      102vs41,21
    • Snowfall january
      64inchesvs57.5,48.4inches
    • Trails (easy)
      35vs29,24
    • Has a golf course
    • Snow parks
      4vs0,1

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    General info

    1.mountain height

    616meters

    1724meters

    1052meters

    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.

    Best

    Gressoney

    3550meters

    2.distance from airport

    53.1km

    148km

    57km

    A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.

    Best

    Smugglers Notch

    0.03km

    3.base elevation

    2600meters

    1500meters

    2476meters

    The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.

    Best

    Arapahoe Basin

    3286meters

    4.summit height above sealevel

    3216meters

    2843meters

    3527meters

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

    Best

    Claviere

    5774meters

    5.Winter olympics host
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    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.

    6.has lake/s
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.

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    Skiing

    1.ski slopes

    116

    85

    193

    The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

    Best

    Big Sky

    250

    2.Allows off-piste skiing
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    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.

    3.Has a ski school
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

    4.The resort has open cross country skiing
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    Cross country skiing is an Olympic sport which provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body.

    5.Has toboggan runs
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.

    6.Has night skiing
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.

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    Leisure

    1.restaurants

    12

    102

    32

    More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.

    Best

    Zell am See-Kaprun

    180

    2.Has ice climbing areas
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    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.

    3.restaurants on the slopes

    1

    50

    0

    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.

    Best

    Ellmau

    70

    4.Has a bobsled track
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    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.

    5.Has snowmobile circuit
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    A snowmobile tour is a great way to cover large distances in a short time. After lots of physically demanding activities, it can be good way to sit back and let the motor do the work.

    6.Has an ice rink
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.

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    Facilities

    1.The resort is serviced by public transport
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.

    2.hotels and hostels

    5

    57

    33

    With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.

    Best

    Val di Fassa

    188

    3.Hosts conferences
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.

    4.Has camping facilities
    Alta
    Davos
    Vail

    Camping can offer a cheaper alternative to hotels or B&B’s, and can provide a fun outdoors experience - although it might not be ideal in winter!

    5.number of five star hotels

    0

    2

    0

    Five star hotels at the resort can indicate prestige. It can provide luxurious accommodation to those wanting to spend a bit more.

    Best

    Park City Mountain

    9

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    Snowfall

    1.snowfall march

    129inches

    61inches

    63inches

    Average snowfall in the month of March.

    Best

    Engelberg

    186.3inches

    2.snowfall december

    131.5inches

    35inches

    59inches

    Average snowfall in the month of December.

    Best

    Whistler Blackcomb

    135inches

    3.snowfall january

    57.5inches

    48.4inches

    64inches

    Average snowfall in the month of January.

    Best

    Engelberg

    135inches

    4.snowfall february

    115inches

    64.9inches

    57inches

    Average snowfall in the month of February.

    Best

    Engelberg

    185.8inches

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