Klosters vs Garmisch-Classic: 32 facts in comparison
1. ski slopes
The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. 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.
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. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
5. 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
6. 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
7. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
8. 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.
9. 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
10. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
11. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
12. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
13. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
14. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
15. 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
16. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
17. 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
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. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
20. 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, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
18% have it
21. Has a spa
After a day out in the snow, you can get warm and relaxed in the spa.
66% have it
22. 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
23. 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
24. 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.