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Alaska Range 21 41.18%
European Alps 30 58.82%
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Which mountain range is more beautiful, bigger, taller, picturesque looking?
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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The Alps are very beautiful, with lots of beautiful European towns and ski resorts.

As much as I think Alaska is beautiful, it's very remote.
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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I've visited the Alps twice, but never been to Alaska, therefore I can't really compare. So I'm gonna give an opinion based on pictures I've seen of Alaska.

Which mountain range is more beautiful? Eye is in the beauty of the beholder. I suppose some people may root for the Alaskan range, while others may just love the Alps.

Which is bigger? Probably the Alaskan one. Btw, why didn't you include other places to your list, such as; the Carpathians, the Atlas, Andes or Himalayas to name a few?

Which is taller? Isn't mount McKinney -the tallest mountain in North America- located there?

Which is more picturesque looking? If we include those beautiful alpine villages in the picture, I suppose the alps win this one. But again, it all depends on the individual taste, and what one is looking for.

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Old 01-25-2014, 12:52 PM
 
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Which is bigger? Probably the Alaskan one. Btw, why didn't you include other places to your list, such as; the Carpathians, the Atlas, Andes or Himalayas to name a few?
I like the European Alps better, one big plus another poster noted is how it isnt as remote.
Live in or Visiting Milan, Geneva, Munich or Vienna you have them right in your back yard.
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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I like the European Alps better, one big plus another poster noted is how it isnt as remote.
Live in or Visiting Milan, Geneva, Munich or Vienna you have them right in your back yard.
Oh boy, we used to make fun of the native Viennese because of the fact that most of them can't ski properly
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:00 PM
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By spire measure, the Alps are actually more rugged:

Some Ruggedness (DRS) Comparisons for Mountain Ranges

Why? The Alaska Range has some very tall peaks but it doesn't have as many big peaks or as much constant steep sided valleys. The Alps look tall for their height, and impressively jagged.

The accessibility, with extensive road and rail networks, and having nice cities and towns is a big plus, but it's also a bit of a negative. The Alps sound a bit crowded and overdeveloped, and the area is so densely populated, just about every has been touched by civillization. I'd guess it'd be much harder to feel like you're from civilization and in a completely natural environment compared to American mountains, let alone Alaskan ones. For some, the combination of human + natural landscape is one of a plus.

I'd like to visit both.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:25 AM
 
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Alaska, of course. It has Mt McKinley, the most prominent peak in the world. Alps are overrated, there are higher mountains in Turkey, Iran, throughout Asia, Andes.etc.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:34 AM
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Alaska, of course. It has Mt McKinley, the most prominent peak in the world. Alps are overrated, there are higher mountains in Turkey, Iran, throughout Asia, Andes.etc.
Height isn't everything, see the spire measure link I posted above. This Colorado Rocky peak is higher and more promiment than the second.



Mount Elbert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Eiger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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The alps is a magical place. Beautiful castles, villages, towns and cities with a stunning backdrop. Can't really comment on Alaska.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:46 AM
 
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Having lived in Alaska and visited Europe many times I would say the Alps are over and above anything AK has to offer. They are more accessible, much more rugged. Skiing areas abound in the alps whereas Alaska has no ski areas in the Alaska range and no where near the variety of alpine skiing the alps has to offer.
Both the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc make much more of a statement than Denali IMO, they may not be as high but they both stand out whereas Denali blends with Mt. Hunter and Mt.Foraker.
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