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. The resort is serviced by public transport
The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
38% have it
4. 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
5. 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
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
7. 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
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. has lake/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
40% have it
11. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
12. 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
13. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
14. 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.