Best ski resorts worldwide

Which are the best ski resorts of 2019?

Best ski resorts of 2019 (1 - 5)
ski resort comparison
Comparison winner
ski resort comparison
Comparison winner
Zermatt
Comparison winner
Four Valleys
Comparison winner
Les Arcs
Comparison winner
Vail
Comparison winner
Saint Gervais
Comparison winner
Whistler Blackcomb
Comparison winner
Champéry
Comparison winner
Breckenridge
Comparison winner
Big Sky
Comparison winner
Davos
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Zermatt
100points
Four Valleys
94points
Les Arcs
94points
Vail
85points
Saint Gervais
83points
Whistler Blackcomb
82points
Champéry
81points
Breckenridge
80points
Big Sky
78points
Davos
76points
Summary
Summary
  • General info (55)
  • Skiing (75)
  • Leisure (63)
  • Facilities (93)
  • Snowfall (49)
  • General info (63)
  • Skiing (66)
  • Leisure (100)
  • Facilities (56)
  • Snowfall (50)
  • General info (40)
  • Skiing (71)
  • Leisure (43)
  • Facilities (67)
  • Snowfall (61)
  • General info (98)
  • Skiing (67)
  • Leisure (64)
  • Facilities (52)
  • Snowfall (42)
  • General info (36)
  • Skiing (88)
  • Leisure (35)
  • Facilities (27)
  • Snowfall (0)
  • General info (80)
  • Skiing (65)
  • Leisure (76)
  • Facilities (54)
  • Snowfall (42)
  • General info (46)
  • Skiing (100)
  • Leisure (71)
  • Facilities (31)
  • Snowfall (23)
  • General info (76)
  • Skiing (55)
  • Leisure (62)
  • Facilities (66)
  • Snowfall (54)
  • General info (79)
  • Skiing (72)
  • Leisure (57)
  • Facilities (67)
  • Snowfall (34)
  • General info (61)
  • Skiing (69)
  • Leisure (49)
  • Facilities (44)
  • Snowfall (27)
Pros
Pros
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More restaurants/bars
  • Higher mountain height
  • More restaurants/bars on the slopes
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Public transportation system
  • Higher mountain height
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • More snowfall (December)
  • More snowfall (November)
  • More snowfall (March)
  • More snowfall (April)
  • More ski slopes
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More restaurants/bars
  • Bigger skiable area
  • Higher mountain height
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Public transportation system
  • More ski trails (high difficulty)
  • More hostels and hotels
  • Higher summit
  • Longer opening hours
  • More ski slopes
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Bigger skiable area
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • More restaurants/bars on the slopes
  • More ski trails (high difficulty)
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More restaurants/bars
  • Higher mountain height
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • More ski trails (high difficulty)
  • More hostels and hotels
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Bigger skiable area
  • More restaurants/bars
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • More hostels and hotels
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Public transportation system
  • More ski trails (high difficulty)
  • Higher summit
  • Conference venue
  • More ski slopes
  • More seasonal snowfall
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Public transportation system
  • More ski trails (high difficulty)
  • Higher summit
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More restaurants/bars
  • More restaurants/bars on the slopes
  • More hostels and hotels
  • More snowfall (April)
Cons
Cons
  • Skiable area
  • Trails (difficult)
  • Ski slopes
  • Trails (difficult)
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Ice rink
  • Seasonal snowfall
  • Smoking ban in public places
  • Seasonal snowfall
  • Camping facilities
  • Mountain height
  • Restaurants
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Ski slopes
  • Restaurants
  • Ice climbing areas
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Mountain height
  • Smoking ban in public places
  • Skiable area
  • Ski slopes
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Seasonal snowfall
  • Snowfall april
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Mountain height
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Snowfall november
  • Snowfall december
  • Snowfall march
  • Mountain height
  • Number of kindergartens
  • Opening hours
  • Ski slopes
  • Trails (medium)
  • Skiable area
  • Distance from airport
  • Number of kindergartens
  • Opening hours
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Restaurants
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Skiable area
  • Ski slopes
  • Trails (medium)
  • Trails (difficult)
  • Snowfall march
General info
Distance from airportA nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.
Distance from airportA nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.80km160km126km57km90km137km100km117.5km266km148km
Mountain heightThe 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.
Mountain heightThe 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.2279meters2250meters2050meters1052meters1540meters2181meters1237meters1036meters1330meters1724meters
Opening hoursThe 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.
Opening hoursThe 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.8hoursN.A.N.A.9hours8hours8.5hours8hours7hours7hours8hours
Smoking ban in public placesSource: city's official website, 2019.
Smoking ban in public placesSource: city's official website, 2019.
Summit height above sealevelThe summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
Summit height above sealevelThe summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.3899meters3330meters3250meters3527meters2350meters1609meters2277meters3962meters3403meters2843meters
Total score for "General info"
Total score for "General info"
Skiing
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.
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.2720351023435288515021
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.
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.72106675680110108486540
Ski slopesThe total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Ski slopesThe total number of ski slopes available at the resort.147205234193219200N.A.15525085
Off-piste skiing allowedIn 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.
Off-piste skiing allowedIn 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.
Skiable areaThe size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
Skiable areaThe size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.200km412km425kmN.A.445km33.06km650kmN.A.23.3km320km
Total score for "Skiing"
Total score for "Skiing"
Leisure
Ice rinkAt the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.
Ice rinkAt the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.
RestaurantsMore restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
RestaurantsMore restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.82N.A.75322772906245102
Restaurants on the slopesRather than having to trek back to the base of the mountain, it is a lot more convenient to have restaurants and bars on the slopes.
Restaurants on the slopesRather than having to trek back to the base of the mountain, it is a lot more convenient to have restaurants and bars on the slopes.52N.A.100271715N.A.150
Ice climbing areasIce 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.
Ice climbing areasIce 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.
Bobsled trackThis 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.
Bobsled trackThis 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.
Total score for "Leisure"
Total score for "Leisure"
Facilities
Camping facilitiesCamping 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!
Camping facilitiesCamping 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!
Hotels and hostelsWith more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Hotels and hostelsWith more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.147N.A.16331530113757
Public transportation systemThe resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
Public transportation systemThe resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
Number of kindergartensBigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2019.
Number of kindergartensBigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2019.N.A.N.A.62N.A.2N.A.11N.A.
Conference venueThe resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.
Conference venueThe resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.
Total score for "Facilities"
Total score for "Facilities"
Snowfall
Snowfall decemberAverage snowfall in the month of December.
Snowfall decemberAverage snowfall in the month of December.70.8inches69.3inches128inches59inchesN.A.135inches33.4inchesN.A.32.2inches35inches
Snowfall novemberAverage snowfall in the month of November.
Snowfall novemberAverage snowfall in the month of November.30.7inches14.9inches59inches58inchesN.A.85inches0inchesN.A.17.7inches4.7inches
Snowfall aprilAverage snowfall in the month of April.
Snowfall aprilAverage snowfall in the month of April.92.8inches104inches120inches40inchesN.A.24inches27.1inchesN.A.33inches47.6inches
Snowfall marchAverage snowfall in the month of March.
Snowfall marchAverage snowfall in the month of March.93.3inches100inches118inches63inchesN.A.90inches57.8inchesN.A.82.6inches61inches
Seasonal snowfallThe average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.
Seasonal snowfallThe average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.N.A.N.A.111.5inches348inchesN.A.71.5inchesN.A.353inches400inchesN.A.
Total score for "Snowfall"
Total score for "Snowfall"
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