Our planet is home to some of the most magnificent landscapes. Mountains are one of the most prominent features of our planet which have added more to the natural beauty as well as attracting tourists from all over the world. These tall peaks present a truly wonderful picture particularly in winters because of the snow. Some of these peaks are so huge that professional mountaineers try to climb them despite the tough challenges and the chance of death. Let’s take a look at how the Earth’s mountains weigh in terms of numbers.
World’s Highest Mountains
The world’s tallest mountain is Mount Everest which is 29,035 feet from sea level and is followed by K2 mountain which is about 28,250 feet from sea level. Kanchenjunga is another mountain that lies between Nepal and India. It is 28,168 feet above sea level. The next two mountains are quite close to one another which includes the Lhotse Mountain (27,940 Feet), and Makalu Mountain (27.766 Feet). Other highest mountains of the world include Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, and Annapurna I.
Top 10 Longest Mountain Ranges
Mountains spread over thousands of miles. This is known as the length of a mountain range. There are several mountain ranges in the world spread in multiple countries. On top of this list is the Andes mountain range spread over 4,474 miles followed by the Rocky Mountains spread which are spread 2,983 miles. The Transantarctic mountains are 2,175 miles long while the Great Dividing Range is 2,237 miles. All other mountain ranges such as the Himalayas, Brazilian Mountains, Alaska Range, Pamir, and Kunlun are less than 2000 miles long.
Top 10 Most Visited Parks in 2020
Earth’s mountain ranges extend for thousands of miles, and many tourists are attracted to them as well. For this reason, several parks and tourist hubs are opened up on these mountains. Among the top 10 most visited parks, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is on top with over 12 million visitors in 2020. This is almost the combined total value of visitors in Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Grand Teton National Park with an average of 3 million annual visitors. The remaining parks have about 2.5 million visitors on average.
National Snowboarder Visits on Mountain Type (In Millions)
Snowboarding is a popular sport which is why many national snowboarders visit these peaks during winters. The rocky mountains are quite a famous spot for snowboarders. Besides, the Pacific West and Northeast Mountains are also popular. In 2003/04, the national visits were 57.067 million and increased in the subsequent 7 years. In 2010/11, there were 60.54 million national visits by snowboarders.
US Ski Areas in Operation
The US is one of the most famous locations for snow sports including skiing. People from all over the world travel to the US to enjoy skiing because there are several mountainous peaks in the area. However, in the 10 year period between 2010 and 2020, there has been a very minor reduction in the number of ski spots. This is mainly because some of them were not fit for skiing while the remaining were deemed sufficient. In 2010, there were 486 ski areas which will be reduced to 470 by 2020.