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Garmisch-Classic
Vail
Top 70%125 points
Top 70%
Top 12%362 points
Top 12%
Key facts and figures

Garmisch-Classic vs Vail: 37 facts in comparison

1. ski slopes

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
19
Big Sky: 250
193

2. 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.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
69% have it

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.
1350meters
Gressoney: 3550meters
1052meters

4. 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.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
39% have it

5. 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.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
88% have it

6. Has a ski school

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
94% have it

7. has smoking ban in public places

Source: city's official website, 2018.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
59% have it

8. Has night skiing

Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
52% have it

9. 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.
1
Ellmau: 70
0

10. Has toboggan runs

Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
53% have it

11. 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.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
38% have it

12. 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.
3
Big Sky: 150
102

13. snowfall december

Average snowfall in the month of December.
64.7inches
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
59inches

14. 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.
9
Whistler Blackcomb: 110
56

15. Is pet-friendly

The resort is pet-friendly, so if you like you can bring your dog along if you need to.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
23% have it

16. Winter olympics host

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.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
17% have it

17. has lake/s

Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
40% have it

18. snowfall march

Average snowfall in the month of March.
120.6inches
Engelberg: 186.3inches
63inches

19. summit height above sealevel

The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
2050meters
Claviere: 5774meters
3527meters

20. base elevation

The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
700meters
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
2476meters

21. Hosts conferences

The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
30% have it

22. 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!
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
61% have it

23. 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.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
7% have it

24. possibility of drinking alcohol in public places

In general, cities with possibility of drinking alcohol in public places have more thriving nightlife. It's easier to organize parties in public places. Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.
Garmisch-Classic
Vail
19% have it

25. 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.
8.5hours
Sky Resort: 13hours
9hours

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