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A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.
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.
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
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.
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
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.
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a long track, usually made of concrete covered in ice. They are used for bobsledding, and some can be used for other sports such as luge and skeleton.
Hiking trails allow you to explore the mountain on foot and take in some of the breathtaking views from the mountain’s peak.
The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa
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!
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
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