Terrific Asian Skiing Locations for Families
Did you think that only Europe and the Americas offered excellent family skiing opportunities? Think again! There are several amazing places around Asia that make for a great ski vacation with the kids.
Some top picks include:
Alpensia Resort, Pyeongchang, South Korea
Pyeongchang is within the province of Gangwon. Located in the north east of South Korea, Gangwon has plenty of opportunities for excellent snow sports. Set to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games it is one of the country’s main skiing destinations. There are slopes to suit skiers of different ability levels and the beautiful natural area is also terrific for cross country skiing and Nordic walking. Your kids will probably love having a go on the thrilling bobsleigh, and if you’re looking for a change from the snow, the large indoor water park is simply perfect! Slides, pools, chutes, and other watery activities will keep the kids more than happy.
Nanshan Ski Resort, Beijing, China
One of China’s biggest ski resort, the beautiful Nanshan Village is within easy reach of the vibrant capital of Beijing. Day trips to the exciting city are possible, allowing a varied and diverse break. With a good selection of ski runs, it is perfect for everyone from beginner skiers right through to advanced sportspeople. The ski school personalises programs to meet individual needs. Nanshan is also one of the best places in Asia for snowboarding enthusiasts, so if your kids are more at home with boards than with skis this is definitely a place to check out. There is a cool kids’ play area, a long toboggan run, snowmobiling, and sledding too.
Gulmarg Ski Resort, India
Definitely one for families that have skied before, the stunning Gulmarg resort is at the heart of one of the prettiest places on earth – the Indian portion of Kashmir. Daring families can ride on the world’s highest gondola and enjoy first class skiing and snowboarding. With high levels of snowball and the incredible scenery of the majestic Himalayas, this is a top choice for scenery lovers.
A famous skiing destination, Sapporo is located on the country’s most northern island of Hokkaido. The great quality of snow is good for skiing and snowboarding, as well as a variety of other snow sports and activities. Night skiing offers a different perspective of the area and your kids are almost sure to enjoy the dog-sledding, rafting, and tubing. Everyone can soothe their muscles in the delightful natural outdoor hot springs and there is heaps of good shopping as well.
If you have older kids and you are looking for somewhere a little bit more off-beat, how about Russian Siberia, notorious for being one of the coldest places on earth, Mongolia, famous for its nomadic peoples, or oil-rich Kazakhstan? There are certainly some great destinations around Asia for an active winter holiday that the whole family will love. Wherever you end up, don’t forget to take along a copy of the Kids’ Travel Guide – Ski!
Have you been skiing in Asia with the kids? Where would you recommend?