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.
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.
68% have it
3. 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: 0.033km
4. has lake/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
40% 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.
88% have it
6. 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.
17% have it
7. 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.
8. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
9. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
10. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
11. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
12. 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
13. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
14. seasonal snowfall
The average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.
15. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
16. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
17. 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.
6% have it
18. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
19. 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.
Park City Mountain: 9
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.
21. 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
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!
61% have it
23. Is pet-friendly
The resort is pet-friendly, so if you like you can bring your dog along if you need to.
23% have it
24. Is child friendly
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
85% have it
25. Has a spa
After a day out in the snow, you can get warm and relaxed in the spa.