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Top 11 Ski Resorts in China

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Skiing has become increasingly popular with Chinese as well as international ski travelers seeking new mountains and lower prices. Here¡¯s a directory of the best ski resorts in China both indoor and outdoor.

1. Alshan Alpine Skiing Resort

Yabuli ski resort, Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China, China, Asia
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  • Notes: Resort surrounded by forests
  • Location: On the border of Inner Mongolia (Province) in China and Mongolia itself
  • Season: Nov 1 through Apr 1
  • Skiing Market: Beginners to advanced
  • Getting There: From Beijing by air to Ulanhot, 3-4 hours by bus/train to resort

2. Beijing Huaibei Ski Resort

  • Notes: Largest ski resort accessible from Beijing
  • Location: 70km outside of Beijing
  • Season: Dec 1 through Mar 1
  • Lifts: 4
  • Trails: 6
  • Skiing Market: Beginners to Advanced
  • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
  • Getting There: About 1 hour by car from Beijing to the resort

3. Beijing Nanshan International Ski Slope & Resort

  • Notes: Purports to have the first international standard half-pipe in China, China¡¯s first advanced mogul trail as well as the first snow football field
  • Location: 80km outside of Beijing
  • Season: Dec 15 through Mar 15
  • Highest Mountain: 600m
  • Snowboards: Yes
  • Accommodation: Yes, on site ski-in and out
  • Skiing Market: Beginners - Advanced
  • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
  • Getting There: About 1.5 hours by car from Beijing to the resort

4. Changchun Beidahu Ski Resort

  • Notes: Purports to have the first professional ski slopes in China with international standards
  • Location: Jilin Province
  • Season: Nov 1 through Apr 1
  • Highest Mountain: 1400m
  • Lifts: 6
  • Trails: 6
  • Platforms: 4
  • Snowboards: Yes
  • Ski Instruction: Yes
  • Skiing Market: Suitable for all
  • Cost: Skiing from US$30/day
  • Getting There: From Beijing flight to Jilin, then travel by car 1.5 hours from Jilin
  • Read about Beidahu on China Ski Tours.

5. Erlongshan Longzhu Ski Resort

  • Location: Near Harbin
  • Season: Dec 1 through Apr 1
  • Highest Mountain: 266m
  • Lifts: 1
  • Trails: 8
  • Skiing Market: Beginners
  • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
  • Getting There: From Beijing by air to Harbin (2 hours), 1 hour by bus/taxi to resort

6. Jilin Changbeishan Ski Resort

  • Notes: Located in Changbeihan Nature Reserve
  • Location: Jilin Province
  • Season: Nov 1 through May 1
  • Highest Mountain: 1820m
  • Lifts: 1
  • Trails: 4
  • Snowboards: Yes
  • Ski Instruction: Yes
  • Skiing Market: Suitable for all
  • Cost: Skiing from US$30/day + US$5 entry to reserve area
  • Getting There: From Beijing by air to Yanji airport

7. Ping Tian Resort

  • Notes: Phase I slated to open November 2008 boasting "China's first world class, luxury ski resort" in Xinjiang provinces Tianshan mountain range.
  • One hour outside Urumqi, Xinjiang
  • Slope: 2 detachable lifts, 75 ha (185 acres) of skiable terrain, and close to 2,000 vertical feet
  • Opening hours: TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • See what China Ski Tours, a leading ski tour website, has to say about it: Ping Tian Resort.

8. Qiaobo Ski and Snow World

  • Notes: Named for Ye Qiaobo, a medal-winning Winter Olympian
  • Location: 6 Shun¡¯an Road, Beijing
  • Slopes: 2, 200m beginner and 300m advanced
  • Cost: Mon-Fri 180rmb (US$22), Sat-Sun 230rmb (US$28) for two hours

9. Wanlong Ski Resort

  • Location: Hebei Province, four hours from Beijing.
  • Season: Nov 1 through Apr 1 (high elevation allows for a long season)
  • Lifts: 4
  • Trails: 5
  • Snowboards: Yes
  • Ski Instruction: Yes
  • Accommodation: new 3-star ski-in hotel
  • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
  • Getting There: 4-hour car or bus from Beijing.
  • Read about Wanlong on China Ski Tours.

10. Yabuli Ski Resort

  • Notes: China's largest ski resort
  • Location: Heilongjiang Province.
  • Season: Dec 1 through Apr 1
  • Highest Mountain: 1375m
  • Lifts: almost 1 - according to China Ski Tours, the lone lift is closed for the 2007-08 season for refitting so all intermediate/advanced terrain is inaccessible. There are plans for many more lifts in the future...
  • Annual Snowfall: 300 inches (but expect man-made snow)
  • Snowboards: Yes
  • Ski Instruction: Yes
  • Accommodation: 10 hotels and hostels, e.g. Windmill hotel and villas, Qingyun Villa, Dianli Villa, Jiaotong Villa.
  • Cost: Skiing from US$55/day
  • Getting There: From Beijing to Harbin by air (1.5 hours), train to Yabuli (2.5 hours), bus to resort (30 min)
  • Read a personal account of skiing at Yabuli by Mishi Saran.

11. Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Site

  • Location: 1835 Qixin Road, near Gudai Road, Shanghai
  • Slope: 1246 feet long, 262 feet wide
  • Opening hours: daily 9:30am ¨C 9pm
  • Cost: Mon-Fri 198rmb (US$24.50), Sat-Sun 218rmb (US$27) for unlimited time

This compilation was completed with the help of chinaskitours.com and 4panda.com's ski index.

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