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. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
5. The resort has open cross country skiing
Cross country skiing is an Olympic sport which provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body.
88% have it
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
7. 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
8. Has ice climbing areas
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.
38% have it
9. hotels and hostels
With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.
Val di Fassa: 188
10. restaurants on the slopes
Rather 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.
11. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
52% have it
12. 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
13. 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
14. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
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.
Val Gardena: 115238
16. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
17. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
18. 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
19. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
20. snowfall november
Average snowfall in the month of November.
Whistler Blackcomb: 85inches
21. Is child friendly
The resort has dedicated on site childrens clubs, so no need to worry about a babysitter.
86% have it
22. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
23. 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.
24. number of museums
Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.