If you are in the Harbin area during the wintertime, you should seriously consider a trip to the ski resort.
Festival celebrations and International Freestyle Skiing competitions make Erlongshan Ski Resort one of the most popular winter spots in China. Erlongshan Ski Resort is located in the Erlongshan Scenic Reserve near the city of Binxian, about 65 kilometers from Harbin city, Heilongjiang Province. The ski resort covers some 780,000 square meters of forested terrain.
The winter weather on Mount Erlong is cold enough to ensure about 170 days of snow per year, though the prime ski season is only about 120 days’ long. However, should mother nature fail at any time, the ski resort has two snow-making machines, as well as a snow-grooming machine to keep the "powder" on Mount Erlong's Alpine slopes in tip-top condition.
The ski resort also has a competent staff of ski instructors whose skills range from providing "hands-on" tutoring for beginners to tips for more experienced skiers who may be struggling with certain difficult techniques. Safety is one of the chief concerns of the ski resort's operators, as safety is the basis for a worry-free experience, and this concern is reflected in the well-thought-out organization of Erlongshan Ski Resort as well as in the professionalism of the management staff.
Erlongshan Ski Resort can accommodate up to 4000 guests at any given time. Lodgings range from the well-appointed Fengchen Villa to budget-priced bed & breakfast affairs (guest houses). The ski resort also sports a sauna for those who enjoy the relaxation of a good, deep cleansing. There are restaurants and bars here that cater to both Asian and Western tastes.
Should you tire of skiing, you can always try your hand and foot – At skating on the ski resort's large skating rink, you can try snowboarding, tobogganing, or rent a snowmobile, or you can play a game of snow soccer with friends and/or fellow guests on the "snow playground", where you might also get drawn into a bit of fun in an old-fashioned snowball free-for-all.
How to get there
There is a direct flight from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB) that takes about 2 hours. From Harbin to the ski resort, you can either take a special bus in Harbin that has several downtown points of pick-up (nearby all the major hotels), where it picks up passengers. You can also rent your own car of course, or engage a taxi. The trip from Harbin to Erlongshan Ski Resort takes roughly an hour.
Ski season: End of November – End of March