90points

Big Sky

100points

Zermatt

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Big Sky vs Zermatt

Big Sky
Zermatt
Big Sky
Zermatt
90
points
100
points

Why is Big Sky better than Zermatt?

  • The resort is serviced by public transport
  • Hosts conferences
  • Winter olympics host
  • Is pet-friendly
  • Has lake/s
  • Has snowmobile circuit
  • Has a golf course

Why is Zermatt better than Big Sky?

  • 949meters higher mountain height
    2279metersvs1330meters
  • 176.7km bigger skiable area
    200kmvs23.3km
  • 37 more restaurants/bars
    82vs45
  • 186km closer to nearest airport
    80kmvs266km
  • 51 more restaurants/bars on the slopes
    52vs1
  • 15km longer ski run
    25kmvs10km
  • 496meters higher summit
    3899metersvs3403meters
  • 140 more hostels and hotels
    147vs7

Key facts and figures

General info

1.mountain height

1330meters

2279meters

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

80km

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

1620meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

4.summit height above sealevel

3403meters

3899meters

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
Zermatt

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
Zermatt

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

Skiing

1.ski slopes

250

147

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Big Sky
Zermatt

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

200km

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
Zermatt

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

5.The resort has open cross country skiing
Big Sky
Zermatt

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

6.longest run

10km

25km

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

Best

Zermatt

25km

Leisure

1.restaurants

45

82

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

52

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
Zermatt

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 a bobsled track
Big Sky
Zermatt

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

5.Has an ice rink
Big Sky
Zermatt

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

6.Has snowmobile circuit
Big Sky
Zermatt

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
Zermatt

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

147

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
Zermatt

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

4.Has camping facilities
Big Sky
Zermatt

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

4

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.snowfall march

82.6inches

93.3inches

Average snowfall in the month of March.

Best

Engelberg

186.3inches

2.snowfall april

33inches

92.8inches

Average snowfall in the month of April.

Best

Gstaad

196inches

3.snowfall december

32.2inches

70.8inches

Average snowfall in the month of December.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

135inches

4.snowfall february

76.7inches

96.4inches

Average snowfall in the month of February.

Best

Engelberg

185.8inches

5.snowfall november

17.7inches

30.7inches

Average snowfall in the month of November.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

85inches

6.snowfall january

38.5inches

76.3inches

Average snowfall in the month of January.

Best

Engelberg

135inches

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