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. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
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. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
7. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
8. 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
9. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2018.
59% have it
10. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
11. 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
12. 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
13. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
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
17. 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.
18. number of five star hotels
Five star hotels at the resort can indicate prestige. It can provide luxurious accommodation to those wanting to spend a bit more.
Park City Mountain: 9
19. opening hours
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.
Sky Resort: 13hours
20. number of cinemas
Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.
Squaw Valley: 5
21. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
22. snowfall april
Average snowfall in the month of April.
23. snowfall november
Average snowfall in the month of November.
Whistler Blackcomb: 85inches
24. season pass price
The season pass price gives you unlimited access to the resort for the entire ski season.