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. 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
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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
7. 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
8. Has toboggan runs
Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.
53% have it
9. Has night skiing
Certain trails are illuminated so that you can carry on skiing even after the sun goes down.
51% have it
10. has lake/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
40% have it
11. 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
12. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
13. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
14. 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.
37% have it
15. 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
16. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
17. snowfall march
Average snowfall in the month of March.
18. has smoking ban in public places
Source: city's official website, 2017.
59% have it
19. 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
20. Has a ski school
Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.
94% have it
21. snowfall november
Average snowfall in the month of November.
Whistler Blackcomb: 85inches
22. ski lifts total
The total number of ski lifts available at the resort (all types; tow lifts, surface lifts and air lifts).
23. possibility of drinking alcohol in public places
In general, cities with possibility of drinking alcohol in public places have more thriving nightlife. It's easier to organize parties in public places. Source: Wikipedia, 2017; city's official website, 2017.
18% have it
24. snowfall april
Average snowfall in the month of April.
25. Has an ice rink
At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.