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The ski industry inwill continue to progress. Currently virtually all of the ski equipment is imported into the country. Yabuli has purchased over 700 complete sets of skis, boots, poles, ski clothing, etc. from Switzerland and promises to purchase an additional 2,200 sets in the years ahead. Other resorts are looking at similar purchases although often being more economical on price and quality. As ’s numbers of skiers grows, more incentive will exist for development of a ski equipment industry in .
Yabuli will continue to maintain its lead as the premier resort. This is because the resorts geographical position and climate give it the best snow within relatively close distance to major population areas. The central and provincial government has continued to support infrastructure development in the region.
The decent ski resorts incan be tricky to get to, which means that tagging on a day’s skiing or boarding to a short break in one of the major centres just isn’t possible. If you say you want to go skiing or snowboarding in , you’ve got to really mean it.
Getting to China’s largest ski resort (Yabuli) in Heilongjiang Province, for example, involves a 90 minute internal flight from Beijing, a two and a half hour train ride and a bus transfer.
There are more convenient ski resorts in China. Beijing Nanshan International Ski Slope and Resort is only an hour and a half’s drive from Beijing and even has an