10 top Ski Resorts to visit in Asia
Unarguably, Asia has some of the world’s most amazing ski resorts surfaced and stretched across snow-covered peaks and breath-taking yet exhilarating mountains of the northern region. Winter snow sports activities such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling and other snow-specific events and activities generally tend to bring to mind the incredible images of American and European wonderland ski resorts. Which is why, Asia is not usually what comes to mind when looking for a ski destination.
Visiting Asian Ski Resorts Has Become A New Rage!Ski resorts in Asia are on the road to glory as they have been witnessing an increased tourist influx over the past couple of years. Skiers, snowboarders, and extreme snow sports enthusiasts who previously have been visiting Australian, European, Japanese, and American ski resorts for snow adventures are now planning to visit Asia for spending their holidays with friends, colleagues, and families. Quite surprisingly, Asian ski resorts have been the world’s most well-kept secret until now, and that’s perhaps the reason why people from all across the globe are now scheduling their trips to Asia to explore the exquisite beauty of nature, along with incredible skiing options that Asia has to offer.
Although, people find a great escape in visiting places like beaches, calm and quite countryside areas, and dreamy hotspots, skiing may be a great idea for those individuals looking to have a great holiday with their loved ones in a unique way with a touch of little excitement. Ski Resorts in Asia have something of value to offer to everybody, from an incredible skiing experience to having an amazing time on the mountains, from after-ski sight-seeing to having a brilliant night life. They offer a complete all-round package that helps you transform your trip into an unforgettable lifetime memory.
This makes it loud and clear that skiing activity has dramatically picked up the pace in the recent years in Asia and veterans believe that Ski resorts in Asia would capture all the global skiing market share in the near future, which Europeans and Americans ski resorts have been enjoying for decades, in fact centuries. Below we have compiled 10 top places to go skiing in Asia.
Chanbaishan International Ski ResortChina is home to some of the finest ski resorts in Asia that offers endless winter snow sports and activities to nationwide tourists as well as people belonging to other countries visiting China for holidays and adventure. Since the northern region features a lot of snowfall and deep powder in winters, it becomes an absolute hotspot for extreme sports activities and winter fun. Located in Fusong County, Baishan City, Jilin Province, the Chanbaishan international ski resort covers an area of 21 sq. km.
This ski resort features hot springs, water amusements parks, deep powder, golf course, Tiandi Changbai show, six-star brand hotels, holiday town, and amazing sight-seeing opportunities within the resort and nearby places. There is approximately 40 km of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding. When it comes to ski trails, out of a total of 43, 20 are for primary skiers, 14 for intermediate skiers and nine for professional skiers. Plus, this resort is capable of hosting up to 8000 skiers for a day.
Yongpyong Ski ResortYongpyong, sometimes also referred to as Dragon Valley ski resort is located in South Korea in Daegwallyeong-myeon, Gangwon-do--Pyeonchang to be precise. As per stats, it is the largest ski resort in the whole of Korea. The best thing about this resort is that it also offers golf in the summer months. It is an exquisite place with endless ski and sports adventure options, from skiing to snowboarding, from after-ski fun to night-life and beyond. As far as the ski season is concerned, it opens up in early November and closes in the mid of April.
The base elevation is approximately 770 meters at above the sea level and it has nearly 31 slopes and ski runs of all levels for beginners, intermediate, and professional skiers. The reason why this ski resort has been able to achieve a significant amount of limelight and media attention is that it hosted men’s World Cup technical events for four seasons (1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006). Also, this resort was one of those Ski resorts in Asia that was one of the three sites of the Asian Winter games of 1999, which was hosted by Gangwon. In short, it is a wonderful ski resort that can help you make a lot of lifetime memories.
Sky Ski ResortPerhaps, you may not have heard of this amazing site before, but this ski resort can add a lot of fun into your winter adventure. Located near Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the region of Bogd Khan Uul, this sky ski resort provides a year-round recreation and offers a wide range of outdoor activities. This ski resort offers exceptional tour packages at affordable rates, making it into a budget-friendly resort.
As far as the stats of this resort are concerned, it has a vertical drop of 191 meters, top elevation of 1570 meters, and a base elevation of 1379 meters. There are nearly nine runs with the longest run of 1.07 kilometers. When taking the mobility factor into consideration, you should know that it is located just 13 kilometers away from Ulaanbaatar. Chinggis Khaan International Airport is the closest airport to the sky ski resort area.
Jisan Forest Ski Resort, Iceheon, South KoreaJisan Forest ski resort is located in the Southwest of the city in Gyeongii-do province just outside Seoul. It is one of the ski resorts in Asia, in South Korea region to be precise that is ideal for a one-day trip, especially for people visiting from Seoul who just have to travel for 40mins straight. Well, this resort may not have a very large ski area, but it has something for everybody. It offers impressive base facilities and an incredible skiing experience, thus making it ideal for skiers visiting there for some fun.
As far as the mountain stats are concerned it highest lifted point and lowest skiable point are of 304m and 100m respectively. It has a vertical drop of 204m, the longest run of 1.2 km, along with a total of eight runs and five lifts. Furthermore, it opens up in the last week of November and closes its trails in the mid of April.
Shymbulak Ski ResortIt is yet another beautiful ski resort in Almaty, which is probably one of the largest ski resorts in Asia, Central Asia to be specific. It is located in Kazakhstan in Alatau mountain range (upper part of Medeu Valley) at an elevation of 2200 meters above the sea level. It receives a great amount of snow throughout the winter season, from November till May, making it an ideal winter hotspot for winter adventurers and extreme snow enthusiasts. It has also hosted world-level skiing and snowboarding winter games, including winter Olympics, Asian winter Olympics and more.
As far as the skiing information is concerned, it has a vertical drop of 920m and has ski runs, which stretch up to 12km. Moreover, it receives an average snowfall of 1.5m during the season that lasts from November to April. Plus, it has approximately three lifts, which take skiers and snowboarders right back to the mountain top.
Shahdag Mountain ResortIt is Azerbaijan’s first, and largest winter resort, located in the Caucasus range near Shahdag National Park. It is undoubtedly a very beautiful resort that offers an exceptional skiing experience and a spectacular winter holiday with friends, family, groups, and colleagues. The winter season generally starts a bit late in the mid of December and finishes somewhere in the middle of April, depending on the snow conditions and weather.
As far as the skiing information is concerned, it has a total area of 128 Hectares with a skiable area of 16.8km. It has a total of 12 lifts and 14 slopes for skiers of all levels. The best thing about this resort is that it offers a lot of winter activities and attractions within the resort and in the nearby places. Plus, it has some of the finest hotels and restaurants where you can find plenty of fun after a busy day on the ski runs.
Yabuli Ski ResortYabuli ski resort is one those ski resort in Asia, in the Chinese region to be precise that offers amazing ski jumping facilities and an unforgettable experience to people visiting this resort from all over the world. Located in the Northeastern province of Heilongjiang, it is the largest ski resort in China that offer endless fun and adventure for people of all ages. This resort also hosted the Winter Asian Games of 1996, National Winter Games of 2008, and Winter Universiade of 2009. This resort underwent major improvements and renovations between the 2008 to 2009 winter season; local authorities and ski owners are yet again planning to undergo a major revamp after the 2009 season.
It has a top elevation of 1345m and a base elevation of 397m and offers all the winter facilities, which any ski resort has to offer to their potential and privileged customers visiting the resort. The ski runs are manned to perfection to offer an exquisite skiing experience to people, looking to have a smooth adventure.
Masikryong Ski ResortIt’s a North Korean ski resort located some 20km outside Wonsan City in Kangwon province, at the summit of Taehwa Peak. It is an incredible ski resort, which is ideal for people looking to have some skiing adventure in less foot traffic area as tourist influx is limited. So, those people who don’t like visiting busy places, this resort is just right for them. It has a top elevation and a base elevation of 1360m and 768m respectively. It has a total of nine runs, out of which the longest run of 4.8km.
Malam Jabba Ski ResortMalam Jabba ski resort is Asia’s most well-kept secret ski hotspot, which has recently been explored by international tourists visiting Pakistan’s Northern areas. Located in the Hindu Kush range of Swat Valley, in the province of KPK (Kyber Pakhtunkhwa), it is one of the oldest ski resorts in Asia that has a lot to offer to its visitors and tourists. Besides skiing adventures, there are breath-taking and momentous sights, which can make you forget about everything else in the world.
The resort has a top elevation of 2804m and a base elevation of 2469m. It has long-range ski runs, lift system installed to carry tourist back to the top of the mountain. So, it is ideal to plan your skiing trip there as you will be able to enjoy the most out of your time there.