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Alta
Vail
Zermatt
Top 15%347 points
Top 15%
Top 12%362 points
Top 12%
Top 2%403 points
Top 2%
Key facts and figures

Alta vs Vail vs Zermatt: 41 facts in comparison

1. ski slopes

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
116
Big Sky: 250
193
147

2. 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
Vail
Zermatt
69% have it

3. 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
1052meters
2279meters

4. restaurants

More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
12
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
32
82

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.
Alta
Vail
Zermatt
39% have it

6. 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
Vail
Zermatt
88% have it

7. Has a ski school

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

8. 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
Vail
Zermatt
38% have it

9. Has night skiing

Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
Alta
Vail
Zermatt
52% have it

10. 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
0
52

11. Has toboggan runs

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

12. has smoking ban in public places

Source: city's official website, 2018.
Alta
Vail
Zermatt
59% have it

13. hotels and hostels

With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
5
Val di Fassa: 188
33
147

14. 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
57km
80km

15. Hosts conferences

The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.
Alta
Vail
Zermatt
30% have it

16. base elevation

The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
2600meters
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
2476meters
1620meters

17. 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
56
72

18. 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
Vail
Zermatt
17% have it

19. snowfall march

Average snowfall in the month of March.
129inches
Engelberg: 186.3inches
63inches
93.3inches

20. snowfall december

Average snowfall in the month of December.
131.5inches
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
59inches
70.8inches

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
53381
53482

22. 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
102
27

23. has lake/s

Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.
Alta
Vail
Zermatt
40% have it

24. Is pet-friendly

The resort is pet-friendly, so if you like you can bring your dog along if you need to.
Alta
Vail
Zermatt
23% have it

25. 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
3527meters
3899meters

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