Best time to visit Mongolia

Skiing and Snowboarding in Mongolia

Who said winter was an unfavourable season? This is a great time for a ski adventure amidst the frozen wilderness

Best time: mid-November–March

Skiing and Snowboarding

It is not true that winter is a totally bad time for a visit to Mongolia. Well, -40 °C is cold indeed, but the beauty of the surrounding untouched wilderness is still enjoyable, just a bit frozen and snowy. What could be more breathtaking than a free ride with views of this stunning scenery? Mongolia offers two mai​n ski resorts. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park has the benefit of cross-country skiing. In Sky Resort, one may ski at night which is particularly beautiful as you can observe lights from the capital city while sliding down the slopes. The season runs from mid-November through March.

Practical info

When is the best time to plan a ski trip to Mongolia?

One should plan a ski trip to Mongolia between the months of mid-November and March, coinciding with the calm winter season. The initial and final periods of the season should be avoided as the snow conditions might not be conducive to skiing and snowboarding. Show more

Where are the two main ski resorts located in Mongolia?

Mongolia boasts of two primary ski resorts, namely Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and Sky Resort. While the former is suitable for cross-country skiing, Sky Resort offers an exceptional nighttime skiing experience as one can view the skyline of the capital city from it. Both resorts have rentals of equipment and tutors for beginners. Show more

What are the average temperature and snow conditions in Mongolia during the winter season?

Mongolia's winter season lasts from November through March, with temperatures averaging between -10 to -20°C or perhaps as low as -40°C. Snow conditions vary by season, although well-groomed slopes are guaranteed for skiers and snowboarders at both resorts in the event of adequate snowfall. Show more

Are there any particular precautions that need to be taken during the skiing or snowboarding activities in Mongolia?

If you are going skiing or snowboarding in Mongolia, you must take appropriate winter wear precautions such as thermal gear, gloves, hats, and warm coats. Carrying an emergency medical kit and informing someone about the trip is necessary, and taking lessons before attempting to ski off-piste is a must for novices. Lastly, snowdrifts need to be avoided, and ice formations must be thoroughly assessed before taking a step. Show more

What are some other activities beyond skiing and snowboarding that can be enjoyed during a winter visit to Mongolia?

Mongolia offers a range of other outdoor sports during winter, such as dog sledding, ice fishing, and horse-drawn sleigh riding. It's also an excellent opportunity to appreciate Mongolia's distinct heritage by visiting nomadic communities and experiencing Mongolian cuisine. Visiting Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, is another opportunity to enjoy museums, galleries, and the vibrant nightlife scene. Show more

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