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.
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
4. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. trails (difficult)
High difficulty trails are designed for experienced skiers who enjoy a challenge.
Big Sky: 150
9. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
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. 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.
12. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
13. trails (medium)
Medium difficulty trails are ideal for regular skiers.
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
14. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
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. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
18. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
19. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
20. 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.
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.
Big White: 269
22. 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
23. trails (easy)
Resorts with a lot of low difficulty trails are ideal for beginners or people with low ability.
24. months open yearly
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
25. season pass price
The season pass price gives you unlimited access to the resort for the entire ski season.