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. 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
7. ski pass daily
The average price of a one day "all access" ski pass at the resort.
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. 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. 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
12. 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.
Val Gardena: 115238
13. 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.
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
17. base elevation
The level of the base of the mountain above sea level.
Arapahoe Basin: 3286meters
18. summit height above sealevel
The summit is higher above sea level. This means the mountain can have lots of snow, even in springtime.
19. 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
20. snowfall december
Average snowfall in the month of December.
Whistler Blackcomb: 135inches
21. 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.
27% have it
22. snowfall january
Average snowfall in the month of January.
23. number of kindergartens
Bigger number of kindergartens makes it easier to combine career opportunities with bringing up a child. Source: city's official stats, 2017.