Four Valleys vs Garmisch-Classic: 30 facts in comparison
1. ski slopes
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. 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
4. 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.
5. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
6. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2018.
59% have it
7. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
8. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
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. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
11. 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
12. 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
13. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
14. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
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. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
17. has lake/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.
40% have it
18. snowfall november
Average snowfall in the month of November.
Whistler Blackcomb: 85inches
19. 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
20. Has camping facilities
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!
61% have it
21. Is child friendly
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
85% have it
22. Has snowmobile circuit
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.
27% have it
23. snowfall april
Average snowfall in the month of April.
24. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
25. 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.