Skiing is rapidly growing as one of China’s most popular winter activities. The Yabuli Ski Resort, once a royal hunting ground during the Qing Dynasty, is now the country’s largest and most extensive ski area. Located 190k outside of Harbin at the north base of Mt. Guokui, Yabuli Ski Resort in Yabuli town boasts world class ski facilities and serves as the training center for China’s national ski team.Â Yabuli sees about 170 days of snow on average annually. Because of its extremely high elevation, the lowest winter temperatures can fall as low as -42 degrees Fahrenheit. Prime ski season at Yabuli typically begins in mid November and usually extends until late march the following year.Â The resort covers a total area of more than 22sq kilometers and is divided into a competition and leisure skiing section. Competitive skiers have access to a number of high altitude, advanced level trails and challenging training slopes. This area is also equipped with a winter shooting range and indoor gymnasium for athlete training.Â The resort provides a number of other activities, including mini golf, tennis, hot air balloon rides, and para-gliding, making it a prime summer destination as well.
Some basic Tips
Run/trail colour codingÂ – Green slopes are the easiest, then blue, red and blacks are the most difficult. Ski with care and choose the right grade to start.
Dress CodeÂ – Stay warm! It is best to check the weather forecast every morning before you get dressed and ski.
GetÂ sunglasses for the sun and goggles for the shade/cloud.
HaveÂ a thermal layer next to your skin instead of a cotton under layer.
WearÂ one pair of socks is enough- more will actually make your feet colder!
MakeÂ sure your outside layer is waterproof.
ProtectÂ your skin – from the sun, wind and cold!
InsuranceÂ – accidents can happen. Make you sure you get travel insurance that includes winter sports cover. BoutiqueChinaTours buy travel insurance for each client, but we still recommend you to take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any oversea medical cost at your home country.
Tips for the Yabuli Ski Resorts
Winter season starts form Nov to second year Apr. It is also a good choice for fishing, hiking, swimming, grass-gliding and golf from June to September.
Beginners can take training class or hire a private coach.