Skiing in Asia-Pacific any month of the year

Skiing in Asia-Pacific any month of the year
November 04 07:58 2016 Print This Article




Ski enthusiasts, don’t you wish you can ski whenever you feel like it? Now, you can! Go skiing in Asia-Pacific any month of the year with this inspiring list.

November: Mongolia

Sky Resort

Sky Resort is Mongolia’s first ski resort, located just outside the capital of Ulaanbaatar on Bogd Khan Uul Mountain. While snowfall is minimal, the resort uses snowmaking systems to keep the slopes white and fluffy.

This is a good place for newbies since most trails are for beginners and intermediate skiers, with only one slope in the difficult category. For the best views, ski at night when you can admire the lights against the night sky.

December: China

Yabuli Ski Resort

At China’s northernmost province of Heilongjiang is the Yabuli Ski Resort, known as China’s best and biggest. The location of the 1996 Asian Winter Games, the resort is built on the Yabuli Sun Mountain, and boasts of an Alpine slope thats over 3 kilometres long, the longest in all of Asia!

And after a ski session, wind down with a Club Med Spa by L’occitane or indulge in a gourmet meal at one of the resort’s restaurants. The resort also has multiple hotels, including two 3-star hotels, the Windmill Village and the Tinyihu, with bars, spas, indoor swimming pools, billiard halls and other leisure options.

January: South Korea

Konjiam Resort

Conveniently located in the capital city, less than an hour away from the popular Gangnam district, Konjiam Resort boasts some of the largest ski slopes in the Seoul area. It has eleven double-width slopes for skiers of varying levels to choose from, lined with beautiful lights that light up at night.

The resort is also known for its state-of-the-art spa facilities, and features over four hundred condominium rooms, a golf course, and other facilities to complete your winter stay. Plus, nearby attractions include the Yongin Recreational Forest and the Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum.

February: India

Ski Gulmarg

Ever wanted to ski in the Himalayan Mountains? Gulmarg is your answer, a small town in the Indian state of Janmu and Kashmir. Located close to the India-Pakistan border, Ski Gulmarg sits on Mt. Apharwat, one of the six mountains that forms the Himalayan Mountains.

The mountain has more than 1330 vertical metres of skiable terrain, in one of the heaviest snowfall areas of the Himalayas. Making CNN’s list of Asia’s best ski resorts, Ski Gulmarg also boasts the Gulmarg Gondola, the highest ski lift in the world that ascends to heights of 3980 metres.

Make sure to also check out this list of festivals in India to see if there is anything happening when you are visiting.


March: Japan

Niseko Village or Hanazono Resort

Niseko Village is located on Mount Niseko Annupuri, which is known as “Japan’s most popular powder skiing destination”, and for a good reason, the mountain has some of the most consistent snowfalls, showering the area with light powder snow.

The Village is home to the Hilton Niseko, and the Green Leaf Niseko Village, both world class luxury hotels surrounded by pristine white slopes and a beautifully lit mountaintop at night. Plus, the slopes are directly outside your hotel, so you can simply step out and jump on the gondola!

In true luxury fashion, you can wine and dine at the restaurants within Niseko Village, as well as bars featuring Hokkaido wines, locally produced beers and sakes. Also, don’t miss a trip to one of the onsens at either of the two hotels with scenic views of nature, or a spa session with a healing massage.

If you are looking for a winter wooden home with all the luxuries of a high-end alpine home, check out Kasara, also in Niseko Village, where you can rent an entire home for a group or family and enjoy the privacy of your own private retreat. Personal chefs and ski coaches can also be booked.

Next to Niseko Village, Hanazono Resort has three runs with views of strawberry and blueberry fields, as well as the largest freestyle ski park in Hokkaido. For amaeur lady skiiers, the resort’s ski school has a special class for ladies only, with female instructors. It also has a Kids Ski School with Niseko’s first designated kids learning trail for the little ones to ski safely.

April: Japan

Kiroro Resort

If you’re looking for a quieter ski spot with Japan’s famed powder snow, Kiroro Resort is a hidden gem that’s only an hour away from the popular Niseko. Near the charming seaside town of Otaru, the resort is spread over two mountain peaks west of Sapporo, featuring a high-speed lift system that helps you clock in better run times.

Apart from skiing through the slopes of powder snow, have fun with other activities like the Snow Bubble and the Winter Forest Tour, as well as the Night Snowmobile ride, where you can admire the scenic night view. Accommodation is another highlight, with the option to choose between two luxurious hotels, Mountain Hotel and Hotel Piano.

May: Iran

Dizin Ski Resort

Another spot for powder skiing in Asia, Dizin Ski Resort is located north of the Iranian capital of Tehran, up in the Alborz Mountain Range. Most of the terrain is better suited for more advanced skiers, so expect challenging ski runs down the powdery slopes of the mountain.

You can also experience ski lifts that reach up to an altitude of almost 12 000 feet above sea level at Dizin, along with a high altitude dining experience at the Chalet Restaurant, found at the top of the Chalet gondola. As for accommodation, there two hotels are near the resort, but there are also villas, cottages, and apartments around the resort that you could stay in for a change.

Not thrilling enough? We know the best places to sky dive in Asia!

June: Australia

Mt Buller

Just a three hour drive away from Melbourne, Mt Buller offers a convenient escape away from the city, where you can spend time whizzing down the mountain’s many slopes. As Victoria’s leading alpine resort, Mt Buller has everything from beginner to advanced slopes, as well as cross-country trails and terrain parks.

The resort is well-equipped with various food options, whether you’re looking for a gourmet burger or an ice-cold beer, you’ll be able to satisfy your post-ski cravings. Another source of entertainment is their museum, which details the history of Victorian ski fields with fascinating artefacts.

July: New Zealand

Craigieburn Valley

Craigieburn Valley is where the advanced and expert skiers go, where the slopes are tough and the terrain is definitely not beginner-friendly. Another distinction that sets Craigieburn apart from other places is that it is a non-profit organisation that is not looking for commercial gain, thus you won’t find any fancy fine dining restaurants or golf courses there.

What you will find, though, is a community of ski and snowboarding enthusiasts, a cosy bar and Chef’s kitchen, along with two homely mountain lodges, Koroheke and Matuhi, nestled among the bushes- just what you need for a laid-back alpine retreat.

If you want to stay in the country longer check out this itinerary for 7 days in New Zeland.

August: Australia

Thredbo

Having won the title of the Best Australian Resort at the 2015 World Ski Awards™, Thredbo is one of Australia’s most well-known ski destinations. Despite having the steepest overall terrain of any ski resort in Australia, Thredbo has plenty of beginner-friendly slopes that are perfect for learning.

Along with ski lessons for children and adults, this ski resort is great for newbies and families alike. Apart from that, the resort has a comprehensive range of retail and food options, with everything from bars to homeware shops within Thredbo Village. Instead of staying in Sydney when it is rainy and cold, head out to the mountains and the snow.


September: New Zealand

Treble Cone

South Island’s largest ski area, Treble Cone is situated in Lake Wanaka, providing some of the best freeriding slopes in New Zealand with steep runs, deep powder bowls and more. Thrill seekers would also love their longest ski run that is 4km long, with a vertical drop of 700m.

On the other hand, beginners and intermediate skiers can access newbie-friendly runs from the Saddle Basin and Home Basin chairlift, or sign up for one of their many ski courses to improve their skills.

October: United Arab Emirates

Ski Dubai

Season changes make Asia less-than-ideal for skiing during this month, but thankfully, Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort where you can find snow all year round. Just like skiing in the mountains, Ski Dubai has slopes of varying difficulties, with the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters, the world’s first indoor black run.

That aside, the resort houses the world’s largest Snow Park, themed restaurants like the Avalanche Café and St. Moritz Café with snow slope views, and is home to adorable penguins too!

After you’re done with your ski trip, how about planning for a breathtaking dive trip?

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