The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
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.
3. distance from airport
A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.
Smugglers Notch: 0.033km
4. 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.
68% have it
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.
38% have it
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
7. 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.
8. trails (difficult)
High difficulty trails are designed for experienced skiers who enjoy a challenge.
Big Sky: 150
9. has lake/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
40% have it
10. 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.
88% have it
11. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
12. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
13. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
14. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
15. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
16. 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.
17. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
18. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
19. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
20. trails (medium)
Medium difficulty trails are ideal for regular skiers.
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
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.
Val Gardena: 115238
22. 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.
37% have it
23. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
24. Is child friendly
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
85% have it
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.