85points

Courchevel

90points

Vail

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Courchevel vs Vail

Courchevel
Vail
Courchevel
Vail

Why is Courchevel better than Vail?

  • 32km closer to nearest airport
    25kmvs57km
  • Has toboggan runs

Why is Vail better than Courchevel?

  • 97 more ski slopes
    193vs96
  • The resort is serviced by public transport
  • 297meters higher summit
    3527metersvs3230meters
  • 1126meters higher base elevation
    2476metersvs1350meters
  • 22 more ski trails (medium difficulty)
    56vs34
  • 94 more ski trails (high difficulty)
    102vs8
  • 615.8$ cheaper season ticket price
    729$vs1344.8$
  • Has lake/s

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General info

1.mountain height

1880meters

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

25km

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.summit height above sealevel

3230meters

3527meters

The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.

Best

Claviere

5774meters

4.base elevation

1350meters

2476meters

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

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

5.Winter olympics host
Courchevel
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
Courchevel
Vail

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

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Skiing

1.ski slopes

96

193

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Courchevel
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
Courchevel
Vail

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

4.The resort has open cross country skiing
Courchevel
Vail

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

5.longest run

7.7km

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 night skiing
Courchevel
Vail

Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.

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Leisure

1.restaurants

105

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
Courchevel
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.restaurants on the slopes

10

0

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.

Best

Ellmau

70

4.Has snowmobile circuit
Courchevel
Vail

A snowmobile tour is a great way to cover large distances in a short time. After lots of physically demanding activities, it can be good way to sit back and let the motor do the work.

5.Has a bobsled track
Courchevel
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

6.Has an ice rink
Courchevel
Vail

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

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Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Courchevel
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

45

33

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

Best

Val di Fassa

188

3.Hosts conferences
Courchevel
Vail

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

4.Has camping facilities
Courchevel
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!

For example

Alyeska

5.number of kindergartens

2

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

6.chalets

41

3

A chalet is a type of house commonly found in ski resorts. Renting your own chalet can be fun and can often work out cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Best

Big White

269

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Snowfall

1.snowfall december

60inches

59inches

Average snowfall in the month of December.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

135inches

2.snowfall march

84.5inches

63inches

Average snowfall in the month of March.

Best

Engelberg

186.3inches

3.snowfall april

92inches

40inches

Average snowfall in the month of April.

Best

Gstaad

196inches

4.snowfall january

66.5inches

64inches

Average snowfall in the month of January.

Best

Engelberg

135inches

5.snowfall february

86inches

57inches

Average snowfall in the month of February.

Best

Engelberg

185.8inches

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