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Tianshan Mountain Ski Resort

Tianshan Mountain Ski Resort   is situated in the Golden Spring Valley close to the Tianshan Mountain which is 60 kilometers away from Urumqi in Northwest China's   Xinjiang   Province . The Tian Shan mountain range (also spelled as Tien Shan ), is located in Central Asia to the North and West of the Taklamakan Desert in the margin expanse of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of western China. In the South it connects up with the Pamir Mountains . Tian Shan essentially means "celestial mountains". The highest peak is Pik Pobedy ( Victory Peak ) which is said to be the highest point in Kyrgyzstan .   The Tian Shan range is one of most picturesque ranges in   China . The Tian Shan Mountains splits into two great deserts, the Taklamakan and the Gobi . The average snow coverage is around 175 days and ski season last for 155 days. T he Tian Shan range is one of most picturesque ranges in   China   and is measured happily to any range in the Rockies or   Alps . Tianshan has over 30-kilometer of racing runs to perform ski races.

The average snow coverage is around 175 days and ski season last for 155 days. Snow 2400 meters above sea level is famous for its pure and natural quality.

Ping Tian is surrounded by 13,000' peaks and ridges and is an area of year round snow cover in the highest elevations. Unfortunately, the top of the ski mountain is at about the bottom of the continuing snow cover elevation so it will rely on seasonal snow and snow making for cover. The Tian Shan mountains divide two great deserts, the Taklamakan and the Gobi. Its western and northern slopes and peaks wring out whatever moisture comes down from Siberia. Ping Tian is located within this band and will thus get snowfall even though the general region is one of the driest in China. However, it is questionable whether the deep snows and off-piste adventuring that make the Rockies and the Alps world class will be consistently available. In addition, it is located at about the same latitude as the northeastern China resorts. This means it will be cold, in the -20 to -30 C range for a good part of its season. However, with a dry climate, lots of sun and limited wind, this might not matter, but, as such, it will still require good clothing and protection.

The other aspect of Ping Tian is its marketing focus. It is generally assumed that a Chinese ski resort must attract Chinese skiers to be successful. Whether they will travel to Xinjiang will remain to be seen. However, unlike the other major Chinese ski resorts, Ping Tian incorporates a Western style real estate development and Alpine village that will appeal to both Ex-Pats and affluent Chinese. With the potential for first class golf courses and other year round amenities, Ping Tian might just become enough of a destination resort area to attract non-Chinese in sufficient numbers to be viable without a large Chinese only skier base.
 
Even though it is located very far from most people's idea of a China itinerary, getting there should not be difficult. Urumqi is a city of 3 million with a new air port and growing tourist base. There are 11 flights per day from Beijing (5 hours, $100 - $160 each way) and 6 from Shanghai (7 hours, $140 - $220 each way) so it is about like being in NY and wanting to go skiing in Colorado. Not a big issue if the skiing is good enough.

PingTian Resort is located an hour's drive from the regional capital of Urumqi. With a population of two million, it is western China's most vibrant commercial and industrial city with 50 daily flights from major hubs such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Europe. It is also a popular tourist destination, situated along the northern route of the historic Silk Road. Xinjiang's large population of ethnic minorities, such as Uygurs, Mongols and Kazaks create an exotic blend of cultures, customs and traditions.