Above: Club Med Yabuli on the slopes of Chinaâ€™s Sun Mountain.
Skiing in China: Yabuli
** Where: Heilongjiang, northeast China.
** Why: Host of the 2009 Winter Universiade, Yabuli has fast emerged as China’s premier ski destination. There are more than 30 kilometers of well-groomed slopes in and around Sun Mountain, serviced by state-of-the-art chairlifts and gondolas.
** Stay: The 284-room Club Med Yabuli (doubles from US$236, all-inclusive) is the first of five dedicated ski villages planned in China by the French hotel group. Family-oriented activities include ice-skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
** Getting There: Yabuli is a three-hour drive or train ride southeast of Harbin, the Russian-influenced provincial capital of Heilongjiang.
** When: Yabuli’s ski season runs from December to April. If you’re traveling in January, plan a stopover en route to take in the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival (Jan. 5â€“Feb. 5), which showcases massive sculptures carved from blocks of ice from the frozen Songhua River.Â –Lauren Kelana