90points

Big Sky

84points

Whistler Blackcomb

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Big Sky vs Whistler Blackcomb

Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb
90
points
84
points

Why is Big Sky better than Whistler Blackcomb?

  • The resort is serviced by public transport
  • Has night skiing
  • 400$ cheaper season ticket price
    1499$vs1899$

Why is Whistler Blackcomb better than Big Sky?

  • 851meters higher mountain height
    2181metersvs1330meters
  • 9.76km bigger skiable area
    33.06kmvs23.3km
  • 129km closer to nearest airport
    137kmvs266km
  • 27 more restaurants/bars
    72vs45
  • 14$ cheaper average daily ski pass price
    85$vs99$
  • 23 more hostels and hotels
    30vs7
  • 1km longer ski run
    11kmvs10km
  • 16 more restaurants/bars on the slopes
    17vs1

Key facts and figures

General info

1.mountain height

1330meters

2181meters

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

137km

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.base elevation

2073meters

675meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

4.summit height above sealevel

3403meters

1609meters

The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.

Best

Claviere

5774meters

5.Winter olympics host
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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
Whistler Blackcomb

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

Skiing

1.ski slopes

250

200

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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

33.06km

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

Best

Champéry

650km

4.Has a ski school
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

5.The resort has open cross country skiing
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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

6.ski pass daily

99$

85$

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

Best

Sansicario

0$

Leisure

1.restaurants

45

72

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

17

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
Whistler Blackcomb

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 snowmobile circuit
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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.

5.Has a bobsled track
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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.

6.Has an ice rink
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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

Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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

30

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
Whistler Blackcomb

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

4.Has camping facilities
Big Sky
Whistler Blackcomb

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 kindergartens

1

2

Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2019.

Best

Les Arcs

6

6.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

Snowfall

1.seasonal snowfall

400inches

71.5inches

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

2.snowfall march

82.6inches

90inches

Average snowfall in the month of March.

Best

Engelberg

186.3inches

3.snowfall april

33inches

24inches

Average snowfall in the month of April.

Best

Gstaad

196inches

4.snowfall december

32.2inches

135inches

Average snowfall in the month of December.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

135inches

5.snowfall february

76.7inches

50inches

Average snowfall in the month of February.

Best

Engelberg

185.8inches

6.snowfall november

17.7inches

85inches

Average snowfall in the month of November.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

85inches

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