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Ski resorts in Asia

Fresh powder snow, breathtaking views and a day on the slopes followed by Asian cuisine – not bad at all. Looking for high mountains, leisure and culture? Then Asia is the place to go. We have selected the top 5 ski resorts on this continent just for you.

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No. 5 Nozawa Onsen, Japan

Slopes and snow monkeys

Those looking for unique experiences besides skiing will love Nozawa Onsen in Japan. Heard something about snow monkeys? That’s right! These animals enjoy bathing in the nearby hot springs and are quite the attraction.

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The area is known as the Japanese Alps and is popular due to its varied runs, the adventurous Snow Park and the guarantee of snow until the end of April.

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    No. 4 Almaty, Kazakhstan

    Combine culture and skiing

    Just outside of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, lies the beautiful ski area of Shymbulak. As the region is still undiscovered, there is plenty of space and you will hardly encounter any queues at the ski lifts. 

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    In the mood for a cultural trip? Take a drive to Almaty! Visit the magnificent Zenkov Cathedral or one of the many museums or concert venues, where you will find traces of the city’s Russian history.

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    No. 3 Muju, South Korea

    Muju’s breathtaking view

    As mountains make up almost three quarters of South Korea, it is only natural that every year thousands of people flock here to ski. One of the country’s largest ski resorts, Muju, lies in beautiful Deogyusan National Park. 

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    The winding access road with its breathtaking views is already worth the trip. And on your day away from the slopes you can plan a visit to Seoul, which is only a 2.5-hour drive from the resort.

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        No. 2 Gulmarg, Himalaya

        Views of the Himalayas

        Nestled in the Himalayas, Gulmarg is one of the world’s most beautiful ski areas. Not only does it boast the highest ski lift, but it also has the heaviest snowfall in the entire region.

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        Whilst diehards can enjoy the challenge of the 4,000-metre-high descent, beginners have plenty of options to ski as well. After a day on the slopes, treat yourself to a soothing massage in the luxury spa of the nearby Khyber Hotel.

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        The resort’s vibrant nightlife takes place at the bottom of the mountain. From classic wine bars to après-ski huts and great dance clubs: the Niseko nightlife scene has it all!

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        No. 1 Niseko, Japan

        Snowballs and sleighs

        With plenty of fresh powder snow, Niseko is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. Dozens of lifts whisk you up to the ski runs of Niseko Annupuri for some breathtaking descents. 

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