Asia, land of beautiful beaches and exotic fruit, is also home to some stellar skiing. Summer boasts fun in the sun, and winter swaggers awesome slopes. Whether you’re into snowboarding or downhill skiing, Asia’s got plenty of steepness for Olympic wannabes. Get ready, get set, and ski Asia’s top resorts this winter.
Muju Ski Resort | South Korea
This powder puff hot spot is located in Mt. Deogyo National Park. Spread over seven million square meters of nature; spend the day skiing and the night relaxing in the village’s hot spring. The 1,520 meter above sea level, Silk Road Slope, is noted for “gliding through the clouds.” This also Korea’s longest slope, spreading 6.1 kilometers in length.
Alshan Alpine Ski Resort | China
Get ready for some primo skiing along the China-Mongolian border. The picturesque forest runs are pristine and serene to the ski. Alpine and cross-country terrain stretch over 10 kilometers of landscape.
Hanazono Resort | Japan
Sleep in luxury and ski in style at this renovated multi-million dollar resort. The slopes are known to be the snowiest in the world, which means there’s plenty of that fluffy white stuff for everyone. The Snowsport Center claims the largest night skiing terrain in the world. Skiers have the luxury of gliding 1,000 meters below the heights of Mt. Niseko-Annupuri.
Kiroro Resort | Japan
For lightening bolt fast skiing, visit Kiroro. Expert skiers can find speed and breathtaking runs on the grand line and Powder Zone. Novice skiers may enroll in lessons. Just want to wine and dine? Eat, play and stay in the Hotel Plano and Mountain Hotel for stellar views decorated with lavish sheets.
Yongpyong Gangwon-do | South Korea
This mouthful of a resort, is South Korea’s oldest, but most popular ski destination. With superb skiing, the resort is well liked for the previously filmed TV drama, “Winter Sonata.” The resort has 31 slopes, equating to about 15.5 miles of land. The most popular run, Rainbow Paradise, is accessible by a two-mile gondola ride. At night chillax in the hot springs located in the water park.
Rated in CNN.com’s Top Ski Resorts in Asia, Gumarg’s legendary beauty stuns visitors with world-class views of the Himalayas. Having the highest Gondola ski lift in the world, bring your Dramamine as you are in the ride of your life. Skiers are lifted approximately 13,000 feet in the air and have the chance to take one of the most challenging runs in the world, Nanga Parbat.