Best time to visit China

Skiing and Snowboarding in China

China's ski resorts are unfairly underestimated by the outside world

Best time: December–March

Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and Snowboarding

In winter most parts of northern China are covered with snow. The capital city of Beijing is one of the most popular ski destinations. Its two celebrated winter resorts include Nanshan and Huaibei, both belong to China's top 5 skiing locations. Nanshan Ski Resort is known as the best and largest one located near the capital, and Huaibei is famous for ski glade surrounded by the Great Wall. Other popular resorts include Songhua Lake Ski Resort, Yabuli Ski Resort, and southern Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort.

Songhua Lake Ski Resort with its Songhua Lake Natural Scenic Spot is a superb skiing centre for both athletes and amateurs. The resort, situated in Wulihe Town, 90 kilometres away from Jilin City, enjoys 160 snowy days a year. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides and that's why the wind in the winter isn't that strong there. Jilin is famous for its frost which makes for spectacular views in winter.

Yabuli is the largest Chinese ski resort located near Shangzhi City. It is good for beginners and experienced skiers alike. There are a lot of events and activities held at this resort, like the Asian Winter Games. The modern facilities of Yabuli Ski Resort cover 11 slopes to supply the needs of all visitors. By the way, its Alpine ski slope is the longest one in Asia.

In South China, there is also a well-equipped and huge Alpine ski resort–Chengdu Xiling Snow Mountain. The Big Snow Mountain, the highest peak in Chengdu, is covered by snow during all seasons. It takes just two hours to get to the resort from downtown Chengdu. Xiling resort owns a progressive snow-making system and has seven international standard trails.

The ski season in China varies depending on the resort, starting early in November and lasting to late April, and rarely up to June. However, the most convenient time for a skiing vacation is December through March.

Practical info

When is the ideal period to go skiing or snowboarding in China?

You should go between December and March if you plan on skiing or snowboarding in China, as it's usually the best time frame. Although the ski season period might change depending on the resort, it usually starts in early November and ends in late April, and sometimes even early June. Notwithstanding, the most suitable period to visit for skiing is during December to March when the temperatures are at their lowest, and the snowfall is at its heaviest. Show more

Which are China's top ski resorts?

China has an abundance of excellent skiing destinations. Two of the most famous winter resorts located in Beijing are Nanshan and Huaibei, which are both part of China's top 5 skiing locations. The Songhua Lake Ski Resort in Jilin, surrounded by hills, is also a well-known skiing place for both professionals and amateurs. Yabuli Ski Resort, which features modern amenities, located near Shangzhi City, Chengdu Xiling Snow Mountain, and southern Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort are other famous resorts in China. Show more

What makes the Songhua Lake Ski Resort in Jilin special?

The Songhua Lake Ski Resort in Wulihe Town, Jilin province, is unique because it receives snowfall for 160 days annually. The resort, surrounded by hills on three sides, experiences relatively mild winter winds. Visitors can also enjoy stunning views of the Songhua Lake Natural Scenic Spot. The resort has many facilities and accommodations to make the trip comfortable for everyone, whether they're new skiers or advanced veterans. Show more

What are some activities and events at Yabuli Ski Resort in Shangzhi City?

Yabuli Ski Resort, the largest Chinese ski resort, has activities and events such as the Asian Winter Games. The resort caters to skiers of all skill levels, with eleven slopes and modern facilities. Additionally, the Alpine ski slope in Yabuli Ski Resort is the longest in Asia, attracting visitors year-round. Whether you're an experienced skier or a newcomer to the sport, you'll find something to enjoy at Yabuli Ski Resort. Show more

What is the general time range for the snow season in China's ski resorts?

The snow season at China's ski resorts varies depending on the location. The ski season starts usually in November and ends by late April, although some resorts remain open as late as early June. However, the optimal moment to visit is during the December-March period when the temperature tends to be chilly, and there's ample snowfall. Each ski resort's snow report should be checked before making travel arrangements to avoid inconveniences. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin