Best ski resorts worldwide

Ranking of ski resorts: demographics, economy, infrastructure, and more

Best ski resorts of 2020 (1 - 5)
ski resort comparison
Comparison winner
ski resort comparison
Comparison winner
Les Arcs
Comparison winner
Zermatt
Comparison winner
Four Valleys
Comparison winner
Saint Gervais
Comparison winner
Whistler Blackcomb
Comparison winner
Champéry
Comparison winner
Vail
Comparison winner
Sölden
Comparison winner
Breckenridge
Comparison winner
Val d’Isère
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Les Arcs
100points
Zermatt
95points
Four Valleys
95points
Saint Gervais
89points
Whistler Blackcomb
83points
Champéry
83points
Vail
82points
Sölden
80points
Breckenridge
78points
Val d’Isère
78points
Summary
Summary
  • General info (40)
  • Skiing (71)
  • Leisure (54)
  • Facilities (67)
  • Snowfall (61)
  • General info (55)
  • Skiing (75)
  • Leisure (63)
  • Facilities (93)
  • Snowfall (49)
  • General info (63)
  • Skiing (66)
  • Leisure (100)
  • Facilities (56)
  • Snowfall (50)
  • 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 (98)
  • Skiing (67)
  • Leisure (64)
  • Facilities (52)
  • Snowfall (42)
  • General info (34)
  • Skiing (69)
  • Leisure (42)
  • Facilities (56)
  • Snowfall (22)
  • General info (76)
  • Skiing (55)
  • Leisure (62)
  • Facilities (66)
  • Snowfall (54)
  • General info (73)
  • Skiing (67)
  • Leisure (52)
  • Facilities (19)
  • Snowfall (63)
Pros
Pros
  • More ski slopes
  • Bigger skiable area
  • More restaurants/bars
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Higher mountain height
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More restaurants/bars
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Higher mountain height
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More restaurants/bars on the slopes
  • More snowfall (December)
  • More ski slopes
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Higher mountain height
  • More snowfall (December)
  • More snowfall (February)
  • More snowfall (March)
  • More ski slopes
  • Bigger skiable area
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More restaurants/bars on the slopes
  • More chalets
  • More restaurants/bars
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Higher mountain height
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Larger uphill capacity per hour
  • Longer opening hours
  • Bigger skiable area
  • More restaurants/bars
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More snowfall (February)
  • More ski trails (medium difficulty)
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Longer opening hours
  • Public transportation system
  • Higher summit
  • More hostels and hotels
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Larger uphill capacity per hour
  • More restaurants/bars on the slopes
  • Public transportation system
  • More hostels and hotels
  • More snowfall (February)
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • Public transportation system
  • Higher summit
  • Golf course
  • Conference venue
  • More chalets
  • Closer to nearest airport
  • More snowfall (December)
  • Higher summit
  • More snowfall (February)
  • More snowfall (March)
  • More chalets
Cons
Cons
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Ice rink
  • Seasonal snowfall
  • Smoking ban in closed public spaces
  • Skiable area
  • Ski slopes
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Snowfall november
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Restaurants
  • Ice climbing areas
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Mountain height
  • Smoking ban in closed public spaces
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Skiable area
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Seasonal snowfall
  • Snowfall february
  • Summit height above sealevel
  • Mountain height
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Ski lifts total capacity
  • Snowfall november
  • Seasonal snowfall
  • Mountain height
  • Restaurants
  • Restaurants on the slopes
  • Ski lifts total capacity
  • Ski slopes
  • Skiable area
  • Ice climbing areas
  • Snowfall november
  • Off-piste skiing allowed
  • Smoking ban in closed public spaces
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Mountain height
  • Number of kindergartens
  • Opening hours
  • Restaurants
  • Ski lifts total capacity
  • Skiable area
  • Ski slopes
  • Mountain height
  • Restaurants
  • Number of kindergartens
  • Opening hours
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.126km80km160km90km137km100km57km83.1km117.5km144km
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.2050meters2279meters2250meters1540meters2181meters1237meters1052meters1990meters1036meters1906meters
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.N.A.8hoursN.A.8hours8.5hours8hours9hoursN.A.7hours7hours
Smoking ban in closed public spacesSource: city's official website, 2020.
Smoking ban in closed public spacesSource: city's official website, 2020.
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.3250meters3899meters3330meters2350meters1609meters2277meters3527meters3340meters3962meters3456meters
Total score for "General info"
Total score for "General info"
Skiing
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.67721068011010856N.A.4840
Ski slopesThe total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Ski slopesThe total number of ski slopes available at the resort.234147205219200N.A.193N.A.155158
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.425km200km412km445km33.06km650kmN.A.144kmN.A.300km
Ski lifts total capacityThis 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.
Ski lifts total capacityThis 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.N.A.53482N.A.N.A.6730726450533816800042880N.A.
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.
Golf courseThe resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!
Golf courseThe resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!
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.7582N.A.27729032646259
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.1052N.A.271715030N.A.18
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.
Total score for "Leisure"
Total score for "Leisure"
Facilities
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.16147N.A.1530113339327
ChaletsA chalet is a type of house commonly found in ski resorts. Renting your own chalet can be fun and can often work out cheaper than staying in a hotel.
ChaletsA chalet is a type of house commonly found in ski resorts. Renting your own chalet can be fun and can often work out cheaper than staying in a hotel.40N.A.N.A.173N.A.36415
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, 2020.
Number of kindergartensBigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2020.6N.A.N.A.N.A.2N.A.2N.A.11
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.128inches70.8inches69.3inchesN.A.135inches33.4inches59inches61.7inchesN.A.74inches
Snowfall novemberAverage snowfall in the month of November.
Snowfall novemberAverage snowfall in the month of November.59inches30.7inches14.9inchesN.A.85inches0inches58inches0inchesN.A.N.A.
Snowfall marchAverage snowfall in the month of March.
Snowfall marchAverage snowfall in the month of March.118inches93.3inches100inchesN.A.90inches57.8inches63inches100.9inchesN.A.114.6inches
Snowfall februaryAverage snowfall in the month of February.
Snowfall februaryAverage snowfall in the month of February.108inches96.4inches109.8inchesN.A.50inches59.4inches57inches99.7inchesN.A.111.32inches
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.111.5inchesN.A.N.A.N.A.71.5inchesN.A.348inchesN.A.353inchesN.A.
Total score for "Snowfall"
Total score for "Snowfall"
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