86points

Alta

90points

Vail

85points

Whistler Blackcomb

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Alta vs Vail vs Whistler Blackcomb

Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

Why is Alta better than Vail & Whistler Blackcomb?

  • Distance from airport
    53.1kmvs57,137km

Why is Vail better than Alta & Whistler Blackcomb?

  • Has night skiing
  • Season pass price
    729$vs1199,1899$

Why is Whistler Blackcomb better than Alta & Vail?

  • Ski slopes
    200vs116,193
  • Mountain height
    2181metersvs616,1052meters
  • Restaurants
    72vs12,32
  • Restaurants on the slopes
    17vs1,0
  • Trails (medium)
    110vs46,56
  • Ski lifts total capacity
    67307vs10750,53381
  • Snowfall december
    135inchesvs131.5,59inches
  • Ski lifts total
    37vs12,33

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General info

1.mountain height

616meters

1052meters

2181meters

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

57km

137km

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

3527meters

1609meters

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

Best

Claviere

5774meters

4.base elevation

2600meters

2476meters

675meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

5.Winter olympics host
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

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Skiing

1.ski slopes

116

193

200

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

4.The resort has open cross country skiing
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

5.Has toboggan runs
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

6.Has night skiing
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

32

72

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

17

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
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

5.Has snowmobile circuit
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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 bobsled track
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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.

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Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

33

30

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

Best

Val di Fassa

188

3.Hosts conferences
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

4.Has camping facilities
Alta
Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

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

0

1

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

6.chalets

23

3

3

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

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Snowfall

1.seasonal snowfall

514inches

348inches

71.5inches

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

2.snowfall december

131.5inches

59inches

135inches

Average snowfall in the month of December.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

135inches

3.snowfall march

129inches

63inches

90inches

Average snowfall in the month of March.

Best

Engelberg

186.3inches

4.snowfall january

57.5inches

64inches

46inches

Average snowfall in the month of January.

Best

Engelberg

135inches

5.snowfall february

115inches

57inches

50inches

Average snowfall in the month of February.

Best

Engelberg

185.8inches

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