78points

Big Sky

62points

Squaw Valley

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46 facts in comparison

Big Sky vs Squaw Valley

Big Sky
Squaw Valley

How does Big Sky compare to Squaw Valley?

  • 150 more ski slopes
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    250vs100
  • 35 more restaurants/bars
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    45vs10
  • 780meters higher mountain height
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    1330metersvs550meters
  • 25 more ski trails (medium difficulty)
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    65vs40
  • 13000 larger uphill capacity per hour
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    29000vs16000
  • 115 more ski trails (high difficulty)
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    150vs35
  • 4.5km longer ski run
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    10kmvs5.5km
  • 10 more ski trails (low difficulty)
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    35vs25

How does Squaw Valley compare to Big Sky?

  • 95inches more seasonal snowfall
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    495inchesvs400inches
  • 77km closer to nearest airport
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    189kmvs266km
  • 2hours longer opening hours
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    9hoursvs7hours
  • 4$ cheaper average daily ski pass price
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    95$vs99$
  • 690$ cheaper season ticket price
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    809$vs1499$
  • 4 more cinemas
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    5vs1
  • 1 more chalets
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    20vs19
  • 10meters higher base elevation
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    2083metersvs2073meters

General info

A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.
2.mountain height

1330meters

550meters (Alpine Meadows)

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.
The opening hours is the average number of hours per day that the resort is open for skiing. Long opening hours mean you can go for an early ski, or have a long sleep and go later.
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
Source: city's official website, 2021.
6.Is child friendly
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
In general, cities with possibility of drinking alcohol in public places have more thriving nightlife. It's easier to organize parties in public places. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
9.base elevation

2073meters

2083meters (Alpine Meadows)

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

Skiing

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
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.
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.
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.
5.Allows off-piste skiing
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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.
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
Cross-country skiing is an Olympic sport that provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body. Resorts that keep the cross-country skiing trails open for the general public attract professional and casual skiers.
8.Has a ski school
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
Ski trail difficulty is measured in "percent slope", a system in which a 100% slope equals a 45-degree angle. Low difficulty trails (marked with a green circle) have a slope gradient between 6% and 25%. Resorts with a lot of low difficulty trails are ideal for beginners.

Leisure

More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
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.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
4.Has a spa
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
After a day out in the snow, you can get warm and relaxed in the spa.
Hiking trails allow you to explore the mountain on foot and take in some of the breathtaking views from the mountain’s peak.
6.Has a bobsled track
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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.
7.Has an ice rink
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.
8.Has a golf course
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
The resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!
9.Has ice climbing areas
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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.

Facilities

The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
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.
Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2021.
5.Hosts conferences
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.
Five star hotels at the resort can indicate prestige. It can provide luxurious accommodation to those wanting to spend a bit more.
7.Has camping facilities
Big Sky
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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!

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.

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