64points

Kirkwood

89points

Vail

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Kirkwood vs Vail

Kirkwood
Vail
Kirkwood
Vail
64
points
89
points

Why is Kirkwood better than Vail?

  • Has toboggan runs
  • Has a bobsled track
  • Has camping facilities

Why is Vail better than Kirkwood?

  • 128 more ski slopes
    193vs65
  • 452meters higher mountain height
    1052metersvs600meters
  • 20 more restaurants/bars
    32vs12
  • 76meters higher base elevation
    2476metersvs2400meters
  • 32 more hostels and hotels
    33vs1
  • 2.4km longer ski run
    6.4kmvs4km
  • Has night skiing
  • 527meters higher summit
    3527metersvs3000meters

Key facts and figures

General info

1.mountain height

600meters

1052meters

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.

Best

Gressoney

3550meters

2.summit height above sealevel

3000meters

3527meters

The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.

Best

Claviere

5774meters

3.base elevation

2400meters

2476meters

The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

4.Winter olympics host
Kirkwood
Vail

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.

5.has lake/s
Kirkwood
Vail

Source: Wikipedia, 2019; city's official website, 2019.

6.has smoking ban in public places
Kirkwood
Vail

Source: city's official website, 2019.

Skiing

1.ski slopes

65

193

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Kirkwood
Vail

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.

3.Has a ski school
Kirkwood
Vail

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

4.The resort has open cross country skiing
Kirkwood
Vail

Cross country skiing is an Olympic sport which provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body.

5.longest run

4km

6.4km

The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.

Best

Zermatt

25km

6.Has toboggan runs
Kirkwood
Vail

Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.

Leisure

1.restaurants

12

32

More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.

Best

Zell am See-Kaprun

180

2.Has ice climbing areas
Kirkwood
Vail

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.

3.restaurants on the slopes

1

0

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.

Best

Ellmau

70

4.Has a bobsled track
Kirkwood
Vail

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.

5.Has an ice rink
Kirkwood
Vail

At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.

6.Has snowmobile circuit
Kirkwood
Vail

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

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Kirkwood
Vail

The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.

2.hotels and hostels

1

33

With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.

Best

Val di Fassa

188

3.Hosts conferences
Kirkwood
Vail

The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.

4.Has camping facilities
Kirkwood
Vail

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!

5.number of kindergartens

2

2

Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2019.

Best

Les Arcs

6

6.chalets

7

3

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.

Best

Big White

269

Snowfall

1.seasonal snowfall

500inches

348inches

The average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.

Best

Alyeska

650inches

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