49points

Kirkwood

61points

Squaw Valley

Kirkwood
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Kirkwood vs Squaw Valley

Kirkwood
Squaw Valley

How does Kirkwood compare to Squaw Valley?

  • 2 more restaurants/bars
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    12vs10
  • 5inches more seasonal snowfall
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    500inchesvs495inches
  • 50meters higher mountain height
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    600metersvs550meters
  • 1905 larger uphill capacity per hour
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    17905vs16000
  • 367meters higher summit
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    3000metersvs2633meters
  • 2 more ski lifts
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    15vs13
  • 80$ cheaper season ticket price
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    729$vs809$
  • Possibility of drinking alcohol in public places
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How does Squaw Valley compare to Kirkwood?

  • 35 more ski slopes
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    100vs65
  • 8 more ski trails (medium difficulty)
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    40vs32
  • 12 more ski trails (high difficulty)
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    35vs23
  • 1hours longer opening hours
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    9hoursvs8hours
  • 1.5km longer ski run
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    5.5kmvs4km
  • 15 more ski trails (low difficulty)
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    25vs10
  • 3 more hostels and hotels
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    4vs1
  • 5 more cinemas
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    5vs0

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General info

1.mountain height

600meters

550meters (Alpine Meadows)

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.
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.
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
Source: city's official website, 2021.
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, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
7.base elevation

2400meters

2083meters (Alpine Meadows)

The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
8.Is child friendly
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
9.Is pet-friendly
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
The resort is pet-friendly, so if you like you can bring your dog along if you need to.

Skiing

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
2.Allows off-piste skiing
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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.
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.
This is the amount of people that can be transported by ski lifts etc. per hour. A bigger uphill capacity can indicate less waiting time, although it will be affected by how busy the resort is.
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.
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
Cross-country skiing is an Olympic sport that provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body. Resorts that keep the cross-country skiing trails open for the general public attract professional and casual skiers.
8.Has a ski school
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
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.

Leisure

More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
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.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
4.Has a spa
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
After a day out in the snow, you can get warm and relaxed in the spa.
5.Has a bobsled track
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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.Has an ice rink
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.
7.Has a golf course
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
The resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!
8.Has ice climbing areas
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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.
9.Has snowmobile circuit
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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.

Facilities

The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
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.
Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2021.
5.Hosts conferences
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.
6.Has camping facilities
Kirkwood
Squaw Valley (Alpine Meadows)
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!

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.

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