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. 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
More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.
Zell am See-Kaprun: 180
6. 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
7. Allows off-piste skiing
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.
68% have it
8. 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
9. 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.
10. 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
11. trails (difficult)
High difficulty trails are designed for experienced skiers who enjoy a challenge.
Big Sky: 150
12. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
13. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
14. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.