The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. 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
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
4. 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
5. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
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. 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
9. 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
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. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
12. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
13. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
14. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
15. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
16. 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
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. snow parks
A snow park is similar to a traditional skate park, designed especially for winter sports. It has various rails, jumps and jibs so that skiers and snowboarders can perform tricks.
Stowe Mountain: 12
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, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
Squaw Valley: 5
21. Has a spa
After a day out in the snow, you can get warm and relaxed in the spa.
66% have it
22. months open yearly
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
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.