The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. Allows off-piste skiing
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.
69% have it
3. 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.
4. The resort has open cross country skiing
Cross country skiing is an Olympic sport which provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body.
88% have it
5. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
6. The resort is serviced by public transport
The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
39% have it
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
8. Has ice climbing areas
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.
38% have it
9. restaurants on the slopes
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.
10. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2018.
59% have it
11. distance from airport
A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.
Smugglers Notch: 0.03km
12. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
52% have it
13. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
14. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.
40% have it
16. Is pet-friendly
The resort is pet-friendly, so if you like you can bring your dog along if you need to.
23% have it
17. ski lifts total capacity
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.
Val Gardena: 115238
18. trails (medium)
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.
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
19. Winter olympics host
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.
17% have it
20. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
21. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
22. Hosts conferences
The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.
30% have it
23. Has camping facilities
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!
61% have it
24. Has a bobsled track
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% have it
25. hiking trails
Hiking trails allow you to explore the mountain on foot and take in some of the breathtaking views from the mountain’s peak.