150 Asian adventures: Skiing and boarding

Annapurna skiing

Asia’s snowsport gets little attention internationally yet arguably offers the most diverse experiences of any region of the planet thanks to its varied seasonality, topographies and cultures

Annapurna skiing

Our January/February 2015 issue is our 150th so we’ve gone all out to serve up 150 of the best adventure experiences Asia has to offer. The list is split into categories, each with 10 unmissable sights. Space on the page was at a premium so we’ve put the practicalities for each spread here.

To get a copy of the original article, email us at aa@bluincmedia.com or why not try out our digital edition?

You can also come back in May when we’ll be putting up the full text of the article.

Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

When to go

Snowfall starts in November or December so Christmas trips are doable. January is the snowiest month, February is a safe bet, with plenty of base replenished with regular fresh falls, while March sees more blue sky days. Lifts stop early April but there’s still snow around into May most years.

How to get there

Chitose International Airport near Sapporo has direct flights to major Asian cities, as well as domestic connections to major Japanese hubs. From there, severah bus companies run daily services to Niseko.

Further info

www.skijapan.com 

Indoor slope, Hong Kong

How to get there

PLAY is located in an industrial building in Kwun Tong, on the Kowloon side of the harbour.

Further info

www.321play.com.hk

Zao Onsen, Honshu, Japan

When to go

February is peak time for the monsters, though skiing runs from late December to late March.

How to get there

From Tokyo you’ll need a train or domestic flight to Yamagata, from where Zao is a 40-minute drive.

Further info

www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/zao-onsen

Nozawa Onsen, Honshu, Japan

When to go

January is the optimum time, though the season lasts well into March.

How to get there

The simplest way is by shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano, then a bus.

Further info

www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nozawa-onsen

Beijing, China

When to go

Northern China can be frigidly cold so prepare for sub-zero temperatures even at the base of the hill. Snow is possible between December to the end of February though is not guaranteed. The better resorts supplement this with artificial snow.

How to get there

Closer resorts are accessible by bus or private vehicle but Yabuli requires a flight to Harbin.

Further info

www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/china-ski-resort/

Himachal Pradesh, India

When to go

Depending on snow and air conditions, skiing is possible from January through to early April.

How to get there

Fly on from Delhi to Kullu, from where Manali is a one-hour drive.

Further info

www.himachal.com

Annapurna, Nepal

When to go

The true depths of winter are too extreme so the season runs from mid-February to mid-April.

How to get there

From Kathmandu, organise flights onto Pokhara yourself or have Himalayan Heli Ski Guides (HHSG) handle it for you.

Further info

www.heliskinepal.com

Kamchatka, Russia

When to go

March to May offers the best chance of snow without it being too bitterly cold and stormy.

How to get there

Your base is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, reachable from Seoul via Vladivostok, or from Moscow.

Further info

www.eaheliskiing.com

Treble Cone, NZ

When to go

Antipodean winter: July to September

How to get there

Queenstown has an international airport with connections from around Australasia.

Further info

www.treblecone.com

South Korea

When to go

The season is relatively brief, just January and February. Avoid local school holidays and weekends as far as possible when the slopes becomes crowded with learners and gaggles of snow tourists.

How to get there

Fly into Seoul from where many resorts operate dedicated coaches. High One has a convenient ski train service.

Further info

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/

 

We’d love to hear about your own top ten of adventures in Asia. Or maybe you went through our list counting up how many you have done? Go on, brag a little. How many did you tick off?