The Silk Road ski resort is just over an hour and 50km from downtown Urumqi and its easily accessible airport. Urumqi is Xinjiang’s capital city of over 3 million people and it offers an ethnic experience that is defined more by the Muslim customs of Central Asia than traditional Chinese culture. The resort is fairly basic with a ski shop, rental facility, restaurants and limited lodging. The terrain seemed decent and steep with enough snow. We were there in early April and all of the trails were fully covered with the base just beginning to melt out in the strong Xinjiang sunshine. The chairlift here runs to about 2000 meters with the larger backcountry peaks rising to 2800 meters. Overall we found this to be a pleasant experience but getting to Xinjiang is more complicated than visiting a ski resort in northeast China. If skiers make it this far into Xinjiang they might as well put in the effort and get to Altay for the real deal. This might change with the development of the projected Ping Tian resort a few miles away from the Silk Road resort. Ping Tian was originally proclaimed to be China’s first world-class ski resort but the project has been delayed.
See more about the Ping Tian development here: