90points

Vail

100points

Zermatt

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Vail vs Zermatt

Vail
Zermatt
Vail
Zermatt

Why is Vail better than Zermatt?

  • 23km closer to nearest airport
    57kmvs80km
  • The resort is serviced by public transport
  • Winter olympics host
  • Hosts conferences
  • 735$ cheaper season ticket price
    729$vs1464$
  • Possibility of drinking alcohol in public places
  • Is pet-friendly
  • Has snowmobile circuit

Why is Zermatt better than Vail?

  • 1227meters higher mountain height
    2279metersvs1052meters
  • 50 more restaurants/bars
    82vs32
  • 114 more hostels and hotels
    147vs33
  • Has toboggan runs
  • 372meters higher summit
    3899metersvs3527meters
  • 18.6km longer ski run
    25kmvs6.4km
  • 52 more restaurants/bars on the slopes
    52vs0
  • 16 more ski trails (medium difficulty)
    72vs56

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General info

1.mountain height

1052meters

2279meters

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

2.distance from airport

57km

80km

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

3.base elevation

2476meters

1620meters

The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.

Best

Arapahoe Basin

3286meters

4.summit height above sealevel

3527meters

3899meters

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

Best

Claviere

5774meters

5.Winter olympics host
Vail
Zermatt

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.

6.has lake/s
Vail
Zermatt

Source: Wikipedia, 2018; city's official website, 2018.

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Skiing

1.ski slopes

193

147

The total number of ski slopes available at the resort.

Best

Big Sky

250

2.Allows off-piste skiing
Vail
Zermatt

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.

3.Has a ski school
Vail
Zermatt

Ski schools offer lessons to beginners.

4.The resort has open cross country skiing
Vail
Zermatt

Cross country skiing is an Olympic sport which provides great exercise for both the upper and lower body.

5.longest run

6.4km

25km

The longest ski run at the resort. A longer run can be more challenging and will test your endurance.

Best

Zermatt

25km

6.Has toboggan runs
Vail
Zermatt

Toboggan runs are dedicated slopes or slides that you can slide down on a toboggan.

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Leisure

1.restaurants

32

82

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

Best

Zell am See-Kaprun

180

2.Has ice climbing areas
Vail
Zermatt

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.

3.restaurants on the slopes

0

52

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

4.Has an ice rink
Vail
Zermatt

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

5.Has a bobsled track
Vail
Zermatt

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.

For example

Kirkwood

6.Has snowmobile circuit
Vail
Zermatt

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.

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Facilities

1.The resort is serviced by public transport
Vail
Zermatt

The resort will be more easily accessible when serviced by public transport. It is also usually cheaper than other modes of transport.

2.hotels and hostels

33

147

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

Best

Val di Fassa

188

3.Hosts conferences
Vail
Zermatt

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

4.Has camping facilities
Vail
Zermatt

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!

5.number of five star hotels

0

4

Five star hotels at the resort can indicate prestige. It can provide luxurious accommodation to those wanting to spend a bit more.

Best

Park City Mountain

9

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Snowfall

1.snowfall march

63inches

93.3inches

Average snowfall in the month of March.

Best

Engelberg

186.3inches

2.snowfall december

59inches

70.8inches

Average snowfall in the month of December.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

135inches

3.snowfall january

64inches

76.3inches

Average snowfall in the month of January.

Best

Engelberg

135inches

4.snowfall april

40inches

92.8inches

Average snowfall in the month of April.

Best

Gstaad

196inches

5.snowfall february

57inches

96.4inches

Average snowfall in the month of February.

Best

Engelberg

185.8inches

6.snowfall november

58inches

30.7inches

Average snowfall in the month of November.

Best

Whistler Blackcomb

85inches

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