83points

Vail

84points

Whistler Blackcomb

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
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Vail vs Whistler Blackcomb

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
83
points
Vail
84
points
Whistler Blackcomb

How does Vail compare to Whistler Blackcomb?

  • 80km closer to nearest airport
    ?

    57kmvs137km
  • 276.5inches more seasonal snowfall
    ?

    348inchesvs71.5inches
  • The resort is serviced by public transport
    ?
  • 0.5hours longer opening hours
    ?

    9hoursvs8.5hours
  • 67 more ski trails (high difficulty)
    ?

    102vs35
  • 1918meters higher summit
    ?

    3527metersvs1609meters
  • 7inches more snowfall (February)
    ?

    57inchesvs50inches
  • 3 more hostels and hotels
    ?

    33vs30

How does Whistler Blackcomb compare to Vail?

  • 7 more ski slopes
    ?

    200vs193
  • 40 more restaurants/bars
    ?

    72vs32
  • 1129meters higher mountain height
    ?

    2181metersvs1052meters
  • 54 more ski trails (medium difficulty)
    ?

    110vs56
  • 13926 larger uphill capacity per hour
    ?

    67307vs53381
  • 17 more restaurants/bars on the slopes
    ?

    17vs0
  • 76inches more snowfall (December)
    ?

    135inchesvs59inches
  • 4.6km longer ski run
    ?

    11kmvs6.4km

General info

1.distance from airport
?

A nearby airport is ideal, as journeying by car or bus through mountainous areas can take longer than on flat terrain.

Best

Smugglers Notch

0.03km

57km

137km

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.

Best

Gressoney

3550meters

1052meters

2181meters

3.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.

Best

Sky Resort

13hours

9hours

8.5hours

4.summit height above sealevel
?

The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.

Best

Claviere

5774meters

3527meters

1609meters

5.has smoking ban in public places
?

Source: city's official website, 2020.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
6.base elevation
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The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

2476meters

675meters

Skiing

1.ski slopes
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The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

193

200

2.trails (medium)
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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.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

110

56

110

3.ski lifts total capacity
?

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.

Best

Val Gardena

115238

53381

67307

4.Allows off-piste skiing
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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.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
5.Has a ski school
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Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
6.Offers open cross-country skiing
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Cross-country skiing is an Olympic sport that provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body. Resorts that keep the cross-country skiing trails open for the general public attract professional and casual skiers.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

Leisure

1.restaurants
?

More restaurants and bars can indicate a lively nightlife, as well as offering visitors more choice.

Best

Zell am See-Kaprun

180

32

72

2.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.

Best

Ellmau

70

0

17

3.Has an ice rink
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At the ice rink you can get your skates on and try your hand at a different winter sport.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
4.Has snowmobile circuit
?

A snowmobile tour is a great way to cover large distances in a short time. After lots of physically demanding activities, it can be good way to sit back and let the motor do the work.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
5.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.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
6.Has a golf course
?

The resort has a golf course which visitors can enjoy, weather permitting!

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

Facilities

1.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.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
2.hotels and hostels
?

With more hostels and hotels at the resort you have a range to choose from.

Best

Val di Fassa

188

33

30

3.Hosts conferences
?

The resort offers facilities so that companies and organisations can hold conferences or other corporate events.

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb
4.chalets
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A 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.

Best

Big White

269

3

3

5.number of kindergartens
?

Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2020.

Best

Les Arcs

6

2

2

6.Has camping facilities
?

Camping can offer a cheaper alternative to hotels or B&B’s, and can provide a fun outdoors experience - although it might not be ideal in winter!

Vail
Whistler Blackcomb

Snowfall

1.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.

Best

Alyeska

650inches

348inches

71.5inches

2.snowfall december
?

Average snowfall in the month of December.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

135inches

59inches

135inches

3.snowfall march
?

Average snowfall in the month of March.

Best

Engelberg

186.3inches

63inches

90inches

4.snowfall february
?

Average snowfall in the month of February.

Best

Engelberg

185.8inches

57inches

50inches

5.snowfall november
?

Average snowfall in the month of November.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

85inches

58inches

85inches

6.snowfall january
?

Average snowfall in the month of January.

Best

Engelberg

135inches

64inches

46inches

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