The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
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. 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.
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
5. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
6. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
7. 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
8. 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
9. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
10. 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: 0.03km
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. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
13. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
14. 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.
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
16. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
17. 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.
18. ski lifts total capacity
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.
Val Gardena: 115238
19. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
20. 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
21. Is child friendly
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
85% have it
22. Has snowmobile circuit
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.
27% have it
23. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
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.
Big White: 269
25. trails (off-piste)
Some resorts have recommended off-piste routes for very experienced skiers.