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Big Sky review: 56 facts and highlights

Big Sky
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Why is Big Sky better than the average?

  • Ski slopes
    250vs60.8
  • Mountain height
    1330metersvs1140.23meters
  • Restaurants
    45vs30.51
  • Summit height above sealevel
    3403metersvs2585.7meters
  • Longest run
    10kmvs6.68km
  • Base elevation
    2073metersvs1405.75meters
  • Snowfall march
    82.6inchesvs72.62inches
  • Trails (difficult)
    150vs16.98

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General info

1.mountain height

1330meters

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

266km

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

3403meters

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

2073meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

5.Winter olympics host
Big Sky

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

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Skiing

1.ski slopes

250

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

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Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
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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.skiable area

23.3km

The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.

Best

Champéry

650km

4.The resort has open cross country skiing
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Cross country skiing is an Olympic sport which provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body.

5.Has a ski school
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Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

6.longest run

10km

The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.

Best

Zermatt

25km

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Leisure

1.restaurants

45

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

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
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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.number of cinemas

1

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

Best

Squaw Valley

5

5.Has a bobsled track
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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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Kirkwood

6.Has snowmobile circuit
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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.

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Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
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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

7

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

Best

Val di Fassa

188

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

4.chalets

19

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

5.number of five star hotels

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

6.number of kindergartens

1

Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2018.

Best

Les Arcs

6

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Snowfall

1.snowfall march

82.6inches

Average snowfall in the month of March.

Best

Engelberg

186.3inches

2.snowfall december

32.2inches

Average snowfall in the month of December.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

135inches

3.seasonal snowfall

400inches

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

4.snowfall february

76.7inches

Average snowfall in the month of February.

Best

Engelberg

185.8inches

5.snowfall april

33inches

Average snowfall in the month of April.

Best

Gstaad

196inches

6.snowfall january

38.5inches

Average snowfall in the month of January.

Best

Engelberg

135inches

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