88points

Alta

68points

Snowbird

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Alta vs Snowbird

Alta
Snowbird
Alta
Snowbird
88
points
68
points

Why is Alta better than Snowbird?

  • 500$ cheaper season ticket price
    1199$vs1699$
  • Has toboggan runs
  • Has ice climbing areas
  • 13$ cheaper average daily ski pass price
    79$vs92$
  • Winter olympics host
  • Has an ice rink
  • Has snowmobile circuit
  • Has a bobsled track

Why is Snowbird better than Alta?

  • 372meters higher mountain height
    988metersvs616meters
  • 5 more restaurants/bars
    17vs12
  • 6.1km closer to nearest airport
    47kmvs53.1km
  • 137meters higher summit
    3353metersvs3216meters
  • 6650 larger uphill capacity per hour
    17400vs10750
  • Has night skiing
  • 4 more air lifts
    11vs7
  • 1 more ski lifts
    13vs12

Key facts and figures

General info

1.mountain height

616meters

988meters

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

47km

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.summit height above sealevel

3216meters

3353meters

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

Best

Claviere

5774meters

4.Winter olympics host
Alta
Snowbird

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.

5.base elevation

2600meters

2365meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

6.Is child friendly
Alta
Snowbird

The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.

Skiing

1.ski slopes

116

89

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Alta
Snowbird

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
Snowbird

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

4.Offers open cross-country skiing
Alta
Snowbird

Cross-country skiing is an Olympic sport that provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body. Resorts that keep the cross-country skiing trails open for the general public attract professional and casual skiers.

5.trails (medium)

46

34

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.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

110

6.trails (difficult)

41

31

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.

Best

Big Sky

150

Leisure

1.restaurants

12

17

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

Best

Zell am See-Kaprun

180

2.restaurants on the slopes

1

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

3.Has ice climbing areas
Alta
Snowbird

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.

4.Has an ice rink
Alta
Snowbird

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

5.Has snowmobile circuit
Alta
Snowbird

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 a golf course
Alta
Snowbird

The resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!

For example

Sun Valley

Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Alta
Snowbird

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

1

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

Best

Val di Fassa

188

3.Hosts conferences
Alta
Snowbird

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

4.Has camping facilities
Alta
Snowbird

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.chalets

23

4

A chalet is a type of house commonly found in ski resorts. Renting your own chalet can be fun and can often work out cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Best

Big White

269

6.number of five star hotels

0

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

Snowfall

1.seasonal snowfall

514inches

500inches

The average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.

Best

Alyeska

650inches

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