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.
2. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
3. 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: 0.033km
4. 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.
68% have it
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
6. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
7. 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.
8. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
9. trails (difficult)
High difficulty trails are designed for experienced skiers who enjoy a challenge.
Big Sky: 150
10. 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
11. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
12. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
13. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
14. trails (medium)
Medium difficulty trails are ideal for regular skiers.
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
15. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
16. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
17. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
18. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
19. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
20. 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
21. 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.
37% have it
22. trails (easy)
Resorts with a lot of low difficulty trails are ideal for beginners or people with low ability.
23. 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.
Sky Resort: 13hours
24. months open yearly
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
25. ski lifts (air)
Air lifts describe all off-ground types of ski lift, such as cable cars or chair lifts. These are better, particular for travelling long distances, as they can transport skiers faster and in larger quantities than surface lifts.