Ski China

Having the world’s largest national population and plenty of the world’s highest mountains makes China, where skiing was virtually unknown less than 20 years ago, and which has by far the world’s fastest growing ski population, the fastest growing number of ski areas, and the country with the most potential growth market through the 21st century for winter sports anywhere in the world.

There is skiing right across the country however in 13 provinces and autonomous regions.

The greatest proportion are in the most northerly province of Heilongjiang, where the distinctly chilly regional capital, Harbin - known in China as the 'Ice City' and famous for its annual ice festival with spectacular ice carvings – staged the country's first ski forum in 2003, with guests and speakers pouring in from almost all the world's ski nations.

The region also bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics and is home to China’s best known resort YaBuLi where Club Med opened a resort in 2010.

There are also a dozen or so small ski areas around capital Beijing and many other ski hills are located near to China’s other cities. These include some of the world’s largest indoor snow centres of which China now has six.

However destination resorts are beginning to develop too. Xiling Snow Mountain which opened in 2004 is now claiming to have taken the title of “Leading resort in China” from Yabuli and appears to offer the potential to grow in to a major international resort.

The resort has a gondola, double and quad chairs, currently serving ten trails for all standards and up to a kilometre long, but significantly the famous Xiling Snow Mountain extends to over 5300m above giving plenty of scope to create one of the world’s biggest lift served verticals.

Tourism professionals are keen to point out that two thirds of China’s 1.3 billion population live in mountainous areas, or than 700 million live within three hours of one of the new ski areas so are able to ski China.

Currently the Chinese ski market is variously estimated at between 1 and 10 million people (most commonly a figure of 3 million is quoted). As many as 15 million people have been 'made wealthy' out of China's 300 million urban dwellers in China.

The number of operational ski areas is uncertain and difficult for anyone to know for sure, including the Chinese. Again reports vary between wildly optimistic estimates of “50 opening each year with 500 by 2010,” to more conservative figures. At least 60 Chinese ski areas can be identified however.

The rapidly increasing numbers of Chinese skiers, most of whom are from the increasingly wealthy Chinese ‘middle-class’ coupled with the limited facilities in China to date for novice skiers to progress on to, has led to the most recent development of more substantial ski areas with greater challenges.

The country is now also home to the world’s two highest lifts, both gondolas, although only one serves a (small) ski area. Lift company Doppelmayr completed the world’s highest gondola in 2008 with eight passenger cabins which reaches 4,843m above sea level. The lift accesses The Aba Great Glacier in Sichuan province, about six hours driving time from regional capital Chengdu. The top station is 327m higher than the previous record holder, also in China, the Leitner built Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan province, which has a top station height of 4,516m and has recently added two drag lifts to create a small ski area at the top, the world’s highest.
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China: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in China. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of China, alphabetically

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snow depth
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on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(69m — 419m)

1 cm
on 19 Mar
part cloud mod rain clear clear cloud
Mid station 244 m
5150m 5250m 4750m 4650m 5150m

(610m — 1219m)

1 cm
98 days ago
clear cloud rain showers clear thunderstorm
Mid station 914 m
4050m 4550m 3950m 3700m 4400m

(555m — 1405m)

1 cm
98 days ago
clear cloud light rain clear thunderstorm
Mid station 980 m
4050m 4200m 4050m 3600m 4100m

(1771m — 2100m)

4 cm
on 8 May
part cloud light rain clear clear light rain
Mid station 1936 m
5150m 5200m 4550m 4600m 5100m

(1500m — 2174m)

4 cm
on 8 May
part cloud light rain clear clear light rain
Mid station 1837 m
5150m 5150m 4550m 4550m 5050m

(255m — 463m)

1 cm
on 1 May
clear cloud light rain part cloud cloud
Mid station 359 m
3950m 4150m 3200m 3000m 3350m

(300m — 900m)

1 cm
on 22 Apr
clear part cloud light rain clear part cloud
Mid station 600 m
4050m 4250m 4150m 3700m 4200m

(1700m — 2100m)

4 cm
on 8 May
part cloud light rain clear clear light rain
Mid station 1900 m
5150m 5150m 4550m 4550m 5050m

(1649m — 2159m)

4 cm
on 8 May
part cloud light rain clear clear light rain
Mid station 1904 m
5150m 5150m 4600m 4550m 5050m

(450m — 1206m)

1 cm
on 30 Apr
thunderstorm part cloud light rain clear part cloud
Mid station 828 m
4000m 4400m 4550m 4200m 4400m

(820m — 1210m)

snow report 95 days ago

1 cm
95 days ago
thunderstorm part cloud light rain clear part cloud
Mid station 1015 m
3900m 4250m 4250m 4100m 4350m

(1710m — 2110m)

4 cm
on 8 May
part cloud light rain clear clear light rain
Mid station 1910 m
5150m 5150m 4550m 4550m 5050m

(500m — 1384m)

snow report 95 days ago

1 cm
95 days ago
clear part cloud mod rain part cloud cloud
Mid station 942 m
3900m 3950m 3500m 3000m 3200m