90points

Big Sky

63points

Ellmau

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Big Sky vs Ellmau

Big Sky
Ellmau
Big Sky
Ellmau
90
points
63
points

Why is Big Sky better than Ellmau?

  • Allows off-piste skiing
  • Has a ski school
  • The resort is serviced by public transport
  • Has ice climbing areas
  • Winter olympics host
  • Hosts conferences
  • Is child friendly
  • Has lake/s

Why is Ellmau better than Big Sky?

  • 7meters higher mountain height
    1337metersvs1330meters
  • 255.7km bigger skiable area
    279kmvs23.3km
  • 179km closer to nearest airport
    87kmvs266km
  • 25 more restaurants/bars
    70vs45
  • 4 more hostels and hotels
    11vs7
  • 69 more restaurants/bars on the slopes
    70vs1
  • 38.85$ cheaper average daily ski pass price
    60.15$vs99$
  • 28 more air lifts
    50vs22

Key facts and figures

General info

1.mountain height

1330meters

1337meters

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

87km

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

1957meters

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

620meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

5.Winter olympics host
Big Sky
Ellmau

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
Big Sky
Ellmau

Source: Wikipedia, 2019; city's official website, 2019.

Skiing

1.Allows off-piste skiing
Big Sky
Ellmau

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.

2.skiable area

23.3km

279km

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

Best

Champéry

650km

3.Has a ski school
Big Sky
Ellmau

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

4.The resort has open cross country skiing
Big Sky
Ellmau

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

5.ski pass daily

99$

60.15$

The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.

Best

Sansicario

0$

6.Has night skiing
Big Sky
Ellmau

Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.

Leisure

1.restaurants

45

70

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

70

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
Big Sky
Ellmau

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
Big Sky
Ellmau

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

5.Has a bobsled track
Big Sky
Ellmau

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.

For example

Kirkwood

6.Has snowmobile circuit
Big Sky
Ellmau

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.

Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Big Sky
Ellmau

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

11

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

Best

Val di Fassa

188

3.Hosts conferences
Big Sky
Ellmau

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

4.Has camping facilities
Big Sky
Ellmau

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

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

19

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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