The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. 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.
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: 0.03km
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
5. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
6. trails (difficult)
Ski trail difficulty is measured in "percent slope", a system in which a 100% slope equals a 45-degree angle. High-difficulty trails (marked with a black diamond) have a slope gradient of more than 40%; such trails are designed for experienced skiers who enjoy a good challenge.
Big Sky: 150
7. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
8. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
9. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
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. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
12. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
13. 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
14. 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.
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
16. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
17. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
18. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
19. 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.
20. 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
21. Has a spa
After a day out in the snow, you can get warm and relaxed in the spa.
66% have it
22. Has an ice rink
At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.
61% have it
23. trails (easy)
Ski trail difficulty is measured in "percent slope", a system in which a 100% slope equals a 45-degree angle. Low difficulty trails (marked with a green circle) have a slope gradient between 6% and 25%. Resorts with a lot of low difficulty trails are ideal for beginners or people with low ability.
24. snow parks
A snow park is similar to a traditional skate park, designed especially for winter sports. It has various rails, jumps and jibs so that skiers and snowboarders can perform tricks.
Stowe Mountain: 12
25. months open yearly
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.