Big Sky


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Big Sky vs Whistler Blackcomb

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Whistler Blackcomb

How does Big Sky compare to Whistler Blackcomb?

  • 50 more ski slopes

  • 328.5inches more seasonal snowfall

  • 115 more ski trails (high difficulty)

  • The resort is serviced by public transport
  • 1794meters higher summit

  • 400$ cheaper season ticket price

    1 499.00$vs1899$
  • 1 more museums

  • 26.7inches more snowfall (February)


How does Whistler Blackcomb compare to Big Sky?

  • 27 more restaurants/bars

  • 9.76km bigger skiable area

  • 129km closer to nearest airport

  • 851meters higher mountain height

  • 45 more ski trails (medium difficulty)

  • 38307 larger uphill capacity per hour

  • 1.5hours longer opening hours

  • 16 more restaurants/bars on the slopes


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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



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.opening hours



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.
4.summit height above sealevel



The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
5.has smoking ban in closed public spaces
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Source: city's official website, 2021.
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.
7.base elevation



The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
8.Is child friendly
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The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
9.months open yearly



A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.


The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
2.skiable area



The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
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.
4.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.
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.
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
9.Offers open cross-country skiing
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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.


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.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
5.Has a spa
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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.
7.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.
8.Has an ice rink
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At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.
9.Has a golf course
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The resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!


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.
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
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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
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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!


1.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.
2.snowfall december



Average snowfall in the month of December.
3.snowfall november



Average snowfall in the month of November.
4.snowfall february



Average snowfall in the month of February.
5.snowfall march



Average snowfall in the month of March.
6.snowfall january



Average snowfall in the month of January.
7.snowfall april



Average snowfall in the month of April.

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