Test Your Ski Knowledge with Our Fun and Challenging Ski Quiz

10 questions to test your knowledge of ski resorts around the world


Which North American ski area is located close to the town in which the outlaw Butch Cassidy is reputed to have robbed his first bank?

Answer: Telluride 

Butch Cassidy, birth name Robert Leroy Parker, and three other men robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride, Colorado, stealing $21,000, on June 24, 1889. After a spell in prison, he formed 'The Wild Bunch' in about 1896. Harry Longabaugh, "The Sundance Kid", was one of the men who joined. The ski resort of Telluride extends to about 2,000 acress and has 115 trails.

Which ski resort features in a John Denver song?
Answer: Aspen

"It's a long way from LA to Denver
It's a long time to hang in the sky
It's a long way home to Starwood in Aspen
A sweet Rocky Mountain paradise
Oh, my sweet Rocky Mountain paradise"
John Denver was one of the first stars to make a winter home in Aspen, Colorado.

Which was the first ski area in North America to host a Winter Olympics?

Answer: Lake Placid

Lake Placid hosted the III Olympic Games in 1932. It also hosted the XIIIth games in 1980. Other US rests to host the games were Squaw Valley in 1960 and Salt Lake City in 20002. In Canada Calgary hosted the 1988 games, while Vancouver was picked to host the 2012 games.

Most people are familiar with the story of the Vonn Trapp family, whose flight from Austria was immortalised in "The Sound of Music". The family subsequently established a ski hotel in North America. At which resort is it located?

Answer: Stowe

The Trapp Family Lodge opened in 1950 with 27 rooms, but greatly expanded in subsequent years. Stowe's skiable area of 485 acres has 116 trails.

Which French ski resort has a piste named after two Olympic champions?

Answer: Val D'Isere

The 'OK' piste was named after Jean Claude Killy and Henri Oreiller. Although neither was born in Val d'Isere, they were brought up and based there. Killy won three gold medals at the Grenoble Olympics of 1968, while Oreiller won two golds at St Moritz 20 years previously.

What type of racing are you more likely to go over 100 Kilometers an hour?

Answer:  Downhill

Which French ski resorts were connected by an amazing double-decker cable car for the first time in 2003

Answer: La Plagne and Les Arcs 

The 'Three Valleys' ski area in France is centered around the resorts of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens. Which linked village lies in what was sometimes called 'The Fourth Valley'?

Answer: Orelle

Les Trois Vallees is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders from many countries and has something to offer winter sportspeople of all abilities. Meribel has a reputation of being a winter home-from-home for Britons. Courchevel is probably the most glamourous in the area and attracts a lot of Russians. Val Thorens is the highest resort in western Europe. 

The term 'fourth valley' is a colloquial one. Les Quatres Vallees (The Four Valleys) is the official name of a linked ski area in Switzerland.

Scotland has its devotees among very hardy skiers and snowboarders, but which has the most ski runs?

Answer: Glenshee

Glenshee has 36 runs; Cairngorm 23; The Lecht 20; and Glencoe 17

Several neighbouring resorts in Italy and France are part of a huge ski region that shares its name with a chocolate bar. Which chocolate bar?

Answer: Milky Way

The Milky Way includes Sesteriere, Sauze d'Oulx and Sansicario in Italy, and Montgenevre in France. The entire area has more than 400km of pistes.


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April 14, 2023 — Tim Hall