Taking a vacation to Asia this winter? Thought of going skiing while you are out there but not sure what resorts are where and which are best? Here are some choice ski resorts from across the continent, to help you plan your winter vacation and fully enjoy the season.
Hanazono Resort, Japan
Hanazono Resort, Japan is located in the Southwest corner of Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. The Resort is positioned 1,000 meters below the breathtaking peak of Mount Niseko-Annupuri, offering you over one kilometer of pristine snow. Hanazono’s spectacular location offers sweeping views from the peak that include a breathtaking panorama of nearby Mount Yotei, known as the Mount Fuji of the North and a pleasantly surprising view of the Sea of ??Japan. Hanazono offers an unprecedented variety of terrain for skiing at any level. Beginners will appreciate the two covered Magic Carpets and confident beginners can progress to the hooded quad chair and the 3.3km long Silver Dream Course. For experienced skiers, enjoy the open cruisers, challenging but groomed runs and some of the most awe inspiring, exquisite powder you will find anywhere in the world.
Yabuli Ski Resort, China
Yabuli is located halfway between the cities of Harbin and Mudanjiang in China’s northernmost province Heilongjiang. Yabuli is the home of China’s first destination resort and has expanded into China’s first ski town, with multiple resorts across 3 mountains with a selection of 2-stars up to 5-star hotels along the main access road. The two large areas are Yabuli Sun Mountain and Yabuli Ski Resort. A third small ski area, Avaunce, offers beginner terrain on a smaller hill. A final third large mountain is still only used by the Chinese national Ski Team but is slated for future development into a 3rd large ski area with advanced terrain.
Gulmarg Ski Resort, Kashmir
Gulmarg is a small isolated hill-village situated at the western extremity of the Himalayas in a subsidiary range called the Pir Panjals. It is located 35 miles from the state capital, Srinagar. Due to its geographic location, Gulmarg gets some of the heaviest snowfalls in the Himalayas and it has claimed the distinction of being one of the best ski resorts. Two British Army officers created the first ski club in 1927 although it wasn’t until 9-10 years ago, that the resort’s name started appearing on the cognoscenti’s hot list! The village itself sits in the gently undulating meadows high above the Kashmiri plateau at about 2,700m. Sadly this area is close to the disputed Pakistan-India border so there is no escape from the huge military presence in the resort and the surrounding area. However any initial unease you may feel is quickly evaporated as you discover that the locals are all friendly and welcoming.
Muju Ski Resort, South Korea
Muju has seen phenomenal growth since opening in 1990 and is now one of Asia’s top destination resorts. While it has a wealth of non-skiing activities, Muju boasts the country’s longest ski slope and greatest uplift. The resort hosted the 1997 Universities Winter Games and is located in an area of great historic significance and natural beauty. Temperatures fall below zero between November and April and snow normally falls for up to 120 days. Skiing takes place on two ski areas, the first being Mansonbong Peak and the new Solch’onbong Ski range that opened in 1997.
Nanshan Ski Resort, China
Beijing Nanshan Ski Village lays in the due south of Miyun County 62 km from Siyuan Bridge, Beijing. Mobility is perfectly blended with tranquility here. This skiing resort is the largest of its kind in Northern China and also boasts the most advanced facilities. At present, this resort has 12 trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers; more than enough for the droves of people that arrive on their winter Group ski holidays. It is equipped with 2 snow groomers introduced from Austria, a hi-tech snowmaking system and 12 snowmaking machines, 11 beginners’ drag lifts, a quadruple chair lift, a double chair lift and a seasons toboggan run (with 1,318 meter-long) from Germany. When people think of skiing, they usually think of the Alps or perhaps Colorado. Asian resorts should most definitely not be ruled out, as they are catching up very fast and may one day overtake the competition.