Global ski resorts
The top 12 global ski resorts based on the number of visitors are La Plagne, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, Les Arcs, Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Ischgl/Samnaun Silvretta Arena, Whistler Blackcomb, Madonna di Campiglio, Gardena/Alpe di Siussi, Val Thorens/Orelle, Flachau-Wagrein-St. Johann, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, and Grandvalira. We have completed the attached spreadsheet with the requested information for the first six resorts. We have also presented some pictures of the top global ski resorts in this attached Google doc.
- La Plagne's Olympic Bobsleigh Piste hosted part of the 16th winter Olympics.
- The highest point in La Pagne is the Plagne Amime 2000 at 2100 meters.
- The resort has 225 kilometers of track, 136 ski slopes, 77 lifts, and over 70% of the tracks are above 2,000 meters in altitude. The ski lifts in La Plagne have the capacity to carry 127,074 passengers every hour.
- La Plagne was started in 1961 as a resort since agriculture and mining were no longer sufficient to sustain the livelihoods of the locals and the youthful population was migrating to cities such as Lyon and Chambery to search for work.
- When the resort was first opened in December 1961, it featured just two drag ropes that served four slopes.
- In 2003, La Plagne combined with Les Arcs to form a massive ski area called Paridiski.