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Want to go skiing in China? Try Club Med Yabuli

Mention ski trips and you’re probably thinking Chamonix, the Swiss Alps, or some other snow-covered European location. But times are a-changing and if there’s anything we know about China, it’s that sooner or later, there'll be a local alternative, which will probably be the biggest and most high-tech in the world.

Enter Yabuli: this little-known skiing destination in the north of China has in fact been a mainstay in professional winter sports circuits for some time now. Their ski fields have played host to a whole variety of international competitions, including the Asian Winter Games and the upcoming World Championships for Snowboarding in 2016, as well as served as a primary training ground for China’s Winter Olympic hopefuls.

With world-class ski facilities - and significantly closer to Shanghai than any other snowy location - Yabuli is bang on point for those who want the experience of a ski holiday but can’t be bothered with a flight out of the country.

The Club Med group, known for their all-inclusive holiday packages, obviously spotted this pretty early on as their resort has been on the Yabuli slopes since 2011. This year, they’re re-launching their resort - set at the foot of a nature park which offers 'ski-in' access (you can literally ski to the resort from the top of a slope. Super rad) - after the extension of their ski fields, which now span 35km. Offering lessons with professional instructors from the top ski school in the world, Ecole du Ski Français (ESF), the resort is readying up for a busy winter season as seasoned pros and first time snow bunnies get ready to crowd the slopes once again.

Sun Mountain, with a vertical drop of about 530 metres, has two green, 11 blue, and five black diamond routes. At the base of the mountain though, the Club Med resort also offers some non-alpine activities to keep the non-skiers occupied. With spas, cooking classes, yoga classes, live entertainment and numerous activities to keep the kids busy, boredom shouldn’t come easily.

Starting from 1,500RMB/day, the resort is definitely not a budget option, but if you want an all-inclusive holiday where accommodation, ski passes and rentals, food and drink, and other miscellaneous expenses are taken care of from the get-go, then give Club Med Yabuli a run.