Just where are the world’s largest ski areas, and how large are they?
Based on advertised data compiled by Rob Hodgetts on CNN.com here’s a rundown of the world’s 12 largest ski areas, with European ski areas being measured in kilometers of runs:
1. Les 3 Vallees, France
- Size: 600 kilometers of runs.
2. Portes du Soleil, France
- Size: Advertises 650 kilometers of runs (However, several gaps in the lift system means it probably has less and is why it’s ranked #2 on this list).
3. Sella Ronda, Italy
- Size: 500 kilometers of runs.
4. Paradiski, France
- Size: 425 kilometers with 160 lifts.
5. 4 Vallees, Switzerland
- Size: 412 kilometers of runs.
6. Milky Way, Italy-France
- Size: 400 kilometers of runs.
7. Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Switzerland
- Size: 200 kilometers of trails.
8. Arlberg Ski Area, Austria
- Size: 305 kilometers of runs.
9. Val d’Isere and Tignes, France
- Size: 300 kilometers of runs.
10. Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes, France
- Size: 220 kilometers of runs.
And then back to the American system which uses acres:
11. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
- Size: 8,171-acres
12. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
- Size: 7,300-acres