The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. 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
3. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
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. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
8. trails (medium)
Medium difficulty trails are ideal for regular skiers.
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
9. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
10. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
11. seasonal snowfall
The average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.
12. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
13. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
14. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
15. number of five star hotels
Five star hotels at the resort can indicate prestige. It can provide luxurious accommodation to those wanting to spend a bit more.
Park City Mountain: 9
16. trails (easy)
Resorts with a lot of low difficulty trails are ideal for beginners or people with low ability.
17. number of museums
Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
Banff Mount Norquay: 25
18. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
19. snowfall september
Average snowfall in the month of September.
Mount Hotham: 96.5inches
20. snowfall november
Average snowfall in the month of November.
Whistler Blackcomb: 85inches
21. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
22. snowfall january
Average snowfall in the month of January.
23. snowfall february
Average snowfall in the month of February.
24. months open yearly
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.