If you can’t get enough of the powdery white stuff, hit the slopes at these resorts around the region
Located in the very north of India in the Pir Panjals, a subsidiary range of the Himalayas, Gulmarg receives some of the heaviest snowfall in the region. A gondola, currently the world’s highest, whisks you upwards to the 2,1213 summit. At the top, if the eye-popping Himalayan views don’t set your pulse racing, the off-piste, deep-powder, long-run skiing and snowboarding is sure to. Or, you could simply attempt one of the most challenging runs in the world, Nanga Parbhat, for a thrill of a lifetime.
Story by Gavin N
Hanazono Resort, Japan
Dubbed the snowiest resort in the world means there’s plenty of the white stuff for everyone. Located just 1,000-metres below Mt Niseko-Annupuri, this multi-million dollar resort offers luxury accommodation and some of the best skiing and riding in Japan for all level. The Snowsports Center, which extensively uses natural materials in its design for a near match to the natural surrounds, also offers among other things the largest night skiing terrain in the world.
Alpensia Resort, Korea
Pyeongchang, the official host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics, is also home to the Alpensia Resort ranked as one the hottest ski destinations in South Korea. And with six ski jump slopes, cross-country routes, and bobsled facilities, there’s little to doubt that status. If skis are not your thing, there is always the resort’s huge indoor waterpark, Ocean 700 to keep you busy. It is open all year and can accommodate 3,200 people.
Alshan Alpine Ski Resort, China
Located along the China-Mongolian border, the Alshan Resort features picturesque forest views and plenty of ski thrills. The slopes cover an area of 6,000 square metres with Alpine and cross-country terrain and can accommodate 4,000 skiers. Divided into two parts, the West Hill Ski Terrain is for ski racing and training, while the East Hill Terrain is aimed at those in the sport for fun. The resort also offers other activities such as horse racing, wrestling and hunting.