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. 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.
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. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
6. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
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 (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
9. 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
10. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
11. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2018.
59% have it
12. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
13. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
14. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
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
16. has lake/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.
40% have it
17. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
18. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
19. season pass price
The season pass price gives you unlimited access to the resort for the entire ski season.
Arapahoe Basin: 9$
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 april
Average snowfall in the month of April.
22. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
23. snowfall november
Average snowfall in the month of November.
Whistler Blackcomb: 85inches
24. 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.