Alshan Ski Resort

  • Note: Famous for alpine and cross country trails.
  • Season: Nov. - Apr.
  • Location: On the border of Inner Mongolia (Province) in China and Mongolia itself, 3-4 hours by bus/train from Ulanhot.
  • Skiing Market: Suitable for skiers of every level.

Alshan Ski Resort is located in the small town of Alshan, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (Inner Mongolia, for short), near the mountainous border with (Outer) Mongolia, about a 3-4 hour trip by bus from Ulanhot, and about 700 kilometers (a 15-hour drive, a Hummer is recommended!), due west, from Yabuli Ski Resort in Heilongjiang Province.

It is therefore no wonder that Alshan Ski Resort is considered China's second-best ski resort, surpassed only by Yabuli Ski Resort; an inescapable factor in both ski resorts' success is surely their northerly latitude, which means that both these areas receive large quantities of snow each winter, and due to the constant low temperature, the snow remains on the ground rather than melts. Alshan Ski Resort serves as the secondary training venue for China's national ski teams, second only to the ski facilities at Yabuli. Planning to hit the slope this winter? China Highlights offer some great skiing tours., all with well-designed itineraries.

Alshan Ski Resort, surrounded by evergreen forests, consists of two main sections: a competition section called the Western Hill area for professional skiers, such as the Chinese national teams (while Yabuli is the primary Alpine skiing venue for China's national teams, Alshan is the corresponding venue for Nordic, or cross-country, skiing); and an Alpine section for non-professionals, the Eastern Hill area.

Since only the latter is available to tourists, it will be profiled below (professionals have their own insider information sources concerning the particulars of the Western Hill section).

The Eastern Hill section of Alshan Ski Resort covers an area of roughly 5 square kilometers. The intermediate-level piste is 800 meters in length, with varying gradients, and where the average gradient is 12 degrees, while the sharpest drop is at 22 degrees (by comparison, professional-level gradients begin at 25 degrees).

Since there are invariably more beginners than advanced-level skiers, Alshan Ski Resort accordingly has three beginner-level pistes which, between them, measure more than 1000 meters and which have an average, gentle gradient of 6 degrees.

Being a well-equipped facility, Alshan Ski Resort has ski workout machines to help the neophyte to more quickly advance, as the workout machines target the muscles which are the first to be subject to fatigue on the slopes.

Like all ski resorts in China, Alshan Ski Resort is about more than just skiing, it is a venue for people to get together and have fun. There is a bar and a restaurant here, ample lodging facilities, and, of course, one can rent ski equipment at Alshan Ski Resort.

The area gets so much snow that snow-making machinery is superfluous, nor does the ski resort make use of ski grooming equipment. The latter is only necessary where the snowfall is infrequent and comes in heavy doses; at Alshan Ski Resort, in contrast, the snowfall is almost daily, meaning that there is an almost constant supply of fresh powder, which beats anything that a machine can produce.

In December, Alshan Ski Resort holds its annual Ice & Snow Festival, which is celebrated at this time of year throughout the northern part of Inner Mongolia.

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Questions and Answers About Alshan Ski Resort

Catherine Geisen-Kisch 2013-10-25
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Hello. My husband and I are interested in visiting Alshan or Yabuli over winter break. My husband has muscle damage and cannot ski. I love to cross country ski. We are mostly looking for a beautiful snowy place to go SNOWSHOEING... and hiking. Do you know if either resort area rents/has snowshoes? We also prefer a smaller, more intimate bed and breakfast or smaller lodging facility - rather than a large resort. Would smaller lodging options exist in both areas and good hiking? Can you suggest a lodging option and any contacts? We recently moved to Shanghai. Xie Xie.

Hi Catherine,

Greetings from Cecilia at China Highlights Travel.

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Cecilia Peng replied on 2013-10-26
Chris 2013-01-31
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Will I be able to hire snowboards [159cm+] here or in any other snow resorts in Inner Mongolia? Given that I will have my own boots etc.

Dear Chris,

In general, you could rent ski items in the resorts, but I am not sure if they can provide you the snowboard you mentioned, If you are strict with the items, I suggest you take yours to the resort.

Lussie Lu replied on 2013-01-31
martyg 2013-01-12
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Which resort in China receives the greatest snowfall? I am a professional ski instructor at Mt Baker, in the State of Washington and am considering skiing in China the next time that I am there on Business. Mt Baker receives about 20 meters of snow per year. Thanks!
Dear Sir or Madam, Yabuli is a good place for ski, but the cost is too expensive and it is inconvenient to get there. I suggest you go to Nanshan ski resort which is in Beijing. Here is their official website. You could get more information. Please click: Lussie Lu replied on 2013-01-14
Jochen Tombers 2012-11-29
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HiI was considering to go skiing over christmas in either Alshan or Yabuli! I life in Hong Kong and would be interested in a package, but could organize the respected flight by myself if that would make things easier. I''d like to travel from HK on the 22nd / 23rd of December and plan to go back on the 28th.I would very much appreciate if you could help me here.Best regardsJochen

Hi Jochen, we are very happy to assist planning your skiing tour. Please kindly suggest the number of people in your group. Then we will quote the exact price.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-02
lachie 2012-10-23
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How much do lift passes cost for people snowboarding in Alshan?How much does accomodation cost there?
Dear Lachie, The one way lift tickets in Alshan cost around CNY1500- 200 per person. The cost of accommodation vary with the date. Please feel free let me know your dates and class of accommodation you would like to stay so that I can check the rate accordingly. Nancy Nancy Deng replied on 2012-10-24
Will Alshan be open in mid- to late November, 2013? I have a 1-week window to ski. Let me know how to get there from Shanghai. I prefer riding high speed trains (Harmony Line) in China. Thanks, Gene guest replied on 2013-10-02
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