Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort – China's largest (covering some 8 square kilometers) and most successful ski resort, and commonly referred to as 'The Oriental Alps' – is located in the heart of Sichuan Province, only about 100 kilometers west-southwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu. The ski resort's proximity to a major transportation hub like Chengdu makes it easily accessible to both domestic as well as foreign skiing enthusiasts. China Highlights' Xining Mountain ski tour combine skiing activities with watching pandas in Chengdu.
Due to Xiling Snow Mountain's relatively cold climate (during the winter months the temperature hovers just below the freezing point, often dipping to minus 10 degrees Celsius, but given the ski resort's high altitude and the clear, sunny weather, the temperature feels considerably warmer), the ski resort's snow conditions during its peak winter season remain stable; once winter conditions descend upon Xiling Snow Mountain, the snow on the ski resort's pistes quickly reaches a depth of 60 centimeters, and remains in the 60-80 centimeter depth range for the duration of the winter.
Though the highest peak on Xiling Snow Mountain, Daxuetang, attains a height of some 5365 meters above sea level, the upper reaches of the ski resort's highest-altitude pistes – for a number of reasons, including precipitation patterns – begin at about 2400 meters. Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort has 7 world-class Alpine ski pistes, totaling in all 10 kilometers and ranging from beginner to advanced levels, so there is something for every member of one's party, regardless of skill levels. The resort has a full range of ropeways servicing all the pistes. In addition to the most popular winter activity, skiing, the resort offers several snowmobile trails.
Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort is a well-equipped ski resort that maintains a minimum stock of 2000 rental ski sets as well as a fleet of 35-40 snowmobiles that can be rented. In addition there are the usual Chinese and Western bars and restaurants at the ski resort, as well as lodging accomodations in reasonable price classes.
During the summer there are a number of no-less-exciting activities on offer besides the usual "grass skiing" option, activities such as a toboggan run, hot-air balooning, and "quad", or 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicle, trails (the resort naturally also rents "quads" during the summer). In addition, nature lovers can hike through the surrounding terrain and enjoy the trees and flowers (azaleas abound everywhere), the birds and the other animal life as well as the breath-taking views. There is a 2?-kilometer-long cable car that runs from the ski resort to Riyueping (Sun Moon Lawn) below.
Moreover, Xiling Snow Mountain is much, much more than just a ski resort; Xiling Snow Mountain is in fact not a single mountain, but a mountain range with several peaks and valleys. There are a number of fantastic features for nature lovers here, such as hiking trails that reveal waterfalls and overhanging crags. Du Fu, the famous Tang (CE 618-907) Dynasty poet (some consider Du Fu (712-770), alongside his contemporary, Li Bai (701-762), as China's greatest ever poets), once lived in a secluded thatched-roof cabin on Xiling Snow Mountain, where he composed a number of his famous works. There are in all 20 specially reserved park areas on Xiling Snow Mountain, with ample elbow space – if not outright seclusion – for everyone.
These many features, combined with the fact that Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort offers a number of outstanding pistes for all tastes and competency levels, contribute to Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort's well-deserved reputation as China's very best ski resort, as well as a highly popular summertime getaway for nature lovers, poets, etc...