82points

Breckenridge

90points

Vail

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Breckenridge vs Vail

Breckenridge
Vail
Breckenridge
Vail

Why is Breckenridge better than Vail?

  • Has camping facilities

Why is Vail better than Breckenridge?

  • 38 more ski slopes
    193vs155
  • 16meters higher mountain height
    1052metersvs1036meters
  • 60.5km closer to nearest airport
    57kmvs117.5km
  • 0.8km longer ski run
    6.4kmvs5.6km
  • 30 more hostels and hotels
    33vs3
  • Has night skiing
  • 17 more ski trails (high difficulty)
    102vs85
  • Winter olympics host

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General info

1.mountain height

1036meters

1052meters

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

117.5km

57km

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

2926meters

2476meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

4.summit height above sealevel

3962meters

3527meters

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
Breckenridge
Vail

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
Breckenridge
Vail

Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.

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Skiing

1.ski slopes

155

193

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Breckenridge
Vail

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.Has a ski school
Breckenridge
Vail

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

4.The resort has open cross country skiing
Breckenridge
Vail

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

5.longest run

5.6km

6.4km

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

Best

Zermatt

25km

6.Has toboggan runs
Breckenridge
Vail

Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.

For example

Taos

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Leisure

1.restaurants

62

32

More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.

Best

Zell am See-Kaprun

180

2.Has ice climbing areas
Breckenridge
Vail

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.

3.Has a bobsled track
Breckenridge
Vail

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

4.Has an ice rink
Breckenridge
Vail

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

5.hiking trails

3

6

Hiking trails allow you to explore the mountain on foot and take in some of the breathtaking views from the mountain’s peak.

Best

Schladming

142

6.number of cinemas

1

2

Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.

Best

Squaw Valley

5

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Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Breckenridge
Vail

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

3

33

With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.

Best

Val di Fassa

188

3.Hosts conferences
Breckenridge
Vail

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

4.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, 2018.

Best

Les Arcs

6

5.number of five star hotels

0

0

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

6.Has camping facilities
Breckenridge
Vail

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!

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Snowfall

1.seasonal snowfall

353inches

348inches

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

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