The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
3. The resort is serviced by public transport
The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
38% have it
4. 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
5. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
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. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
8. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
9. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
10. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
11. 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
12. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
13. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
14. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
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.
17% have it
16. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
17. 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.
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
18. 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
19. Has a bobsled track
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.
7% have it
20. 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.
21. snowfall september
Average snowfall in the month of September.
Mount Hotham: 96.5inches
22. number of kindergartens
Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2018.
Les Arcs: 6
23. snowfall august
Average snowfall in the month of August.
Mount Hotham: 69inches
24. 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
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