The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.
Big Sky: 250
2. mountain height
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.
3. skiable area
The size of area available for skiers to enjoy on the mountain as measured in kilometres.
4. The resort is serviced by public transport
The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.
38% have it
5. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
6. longest run
The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.
7. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
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. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
10. seasonal snowfall
The average snowfall each season as measured in inches. The more snowfall there is, the more powdery and fluffy the ski slopes will be.
11. 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
12. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
13. 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
14. 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. 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.
16. ski lifts (air)
Air lifts describe all off-ground types of ski lift, such as cable cars or chair lifts. These are better, particular for travelling long distances, as they can transport skiers faster and in larger quantities than surface lifts.
17. Has a bobsled track
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.
7% have it
18. 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
19. Is child friendly
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
85% have it
20. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
21. months open yearly
A longer ski season offers more flexibility on when to visit.
22. Has a golf course
The resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!