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Which Ski Resorts Are The Biggest In The World? Here Is The Answer

Credit: Tobias Spitaler [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
For those of you that base your skiing/riding destinations on the idea that bigger is always better, here is a ranking of world ski resorts from the 2018/2019 season. From Montenius Consult, a consulting firm dedicated to mountain resorts, they have put together a list of the 100 largest ski areas in the world. 

For this list, Montenius Consult used a system they have called Skimiles® to determine the size of each of the ski resorts on the list. This system uses ten criteria to determine a score, which is much different than using the simple number or acres or kilometers given by each area, some of which have shown to be inaccurate. 

According to these criteria and the Skimiles® score, the following hills are the top ten largest in the world.

1.) Trois Vallées, France
2.) Sella Ronda, Italy
3.) Paradiski, France
4.) Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Switzerland/Italy
5.) Ski Arlberg, Austria
6.) Les Portes du Soleil, France/Switzerland
7.) Skicircus Saalbach, Austria
8.) Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
9.) Espace Killy France
10.) Voie Lactée/Via Lattea, France, Italy

As you can see, most of the world's largest resorts are in the Alps, with France having the most of those ten. Our neighbors to the north were able to break the top ten with Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. The U.S.A. was able to make the top 20 with Big Sky at number 20, Park City at number 15, and Vail at number 12. The home state of Ski Rex Media, Vermont, did make the top 100 list with Killington at number 82.

Though the ranking of the top 100 largest resorts was only a part of a full report that was put out by Montenius Consult, which also ranked the most powerful lift networks, the most comfortable ski areas, the most popular ski areas, and snow reliability. The U.S.A. only made the top ten in most comfortable, with Mt. Bachelor placing at number 8.

For detailed information on the ranking systems and to see how each mountain ranked on all of the lists, the full report is available for download from Montenius Consult.

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