Easily the most popular winter sport, ski resorts attract hordes of people worldwide each year. You don’t have to be skilled to enjoy the snow, and it’s a great family vacation idea, especially for summer vacations.
Families flock to ski resorts, but only some have slopes suitable for beginners. Obviously, there’s a long list of alternatives focused on catering to amateurs and professionals who prefer steeper and more dangerous slopes.
But if you’re looking for relatively safe and family-friendly slopes, here’s a list of six beginner-friendly resorts in Asia:
- Niseko Ski Resort
It’s officially known as Japan’s most popular ski resort and is perfect for a family vacation. In addition, it’s well-known for its powdery snow, which makes falls easier, and the resort offers 25 ski trails, many of which are suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers.
There are also ten chairlifts, and the resort has an onsen, which are hot springs for you to soak in. With relaxing massages and top-tier facilities, Niseko is a winter wonderland.
Cheap ski resorts for beginners are easier to find than you think because Niseko passes only cost between USD40 and USD65 per day.
- Yongpyong Ski Resort
The resort is one of South Korea’s most well-known ski attractions, known for having hosted several winter games in the past. But one part contributing to making it beginner-friendly is its remarkable ski lessons.
There are 31 slopes, many of which are for those just starting. The resort is excellent for kicking back to relax on heated floors rather than a crowd-focused option.
One thing to consider is that it’s a destination best-visited in winter. However, the resort is operational around the year with other facilities like golfing, a waterpark, a tennis court, and even a bowling alley.
- Sky Resort, Ulaanbaatar
This resort is solely for beginners who want to test their abilities and take their families on fun vacations. The resort is located in Mongolia and has nine trails, most of which are for amateurs. Equipped with an Italian snow-making system, it has a sledding slope and sledding lessons for children.
It has a camp-style hotel, the Ger Hotel, and a spa so you can relax in a sauna room after a day in the snow. Another resort operational around the year with several facilities has a golf club and great restaurants.
- Nanshan Ski Resort
Located just 80km from Beijing, Nanshan is another ski resort perfect for beginners. With 5km of slopes and 13 chairlifts for guests, the slope is relatively gentle at their ski school. It’s definitely geared towards family, with coaching services also available.
If you want to try skiing but are still determining if you’ve gotten the hang of it, Nanshan is perfect for practicing your balance. The resort has mostly gentle slopes and a few advanced ones you can try to see if you’ve improved.
The resort is best kept for short trips; you could set a day aside to enjoy the snow.
- Pyeongchang Alpensia Ski Resort
Pyeongchang is one word many people will recognize following the 2018 Winter Olympics. Since then, the ski resort has been gaining popularity among tourists looking for the perfect vacation spot for beginners.
It has six slopes that run for up to 1.4km, all of which are easy to traverse. The resort also has excellent restaurants and attractions like the Biathlon Sports Park and the Alpensia Sliding Centre, you won’t run out of things to do.
The Ski Jumping Stadium was used during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The resort village also has three main hotel accommodations; the Intercontinental Hotel, Holiday Inn Hotel, and Holiday Inn Suites.
- Fujiten Snow Resort
There’s no surprise that there’s yet another Japanese ski resort on the list, but Fujiten is one you won’t want to miss. It’s an authentic resort located just 90 minutes away from central Tokyo, in front of the famous Mt. Fuji.
There are 1.3km-long runs for beginners and a 500m family course. There are also steeper slopes for more advanced skiers and even a snow cannon to maintain the amount of snow.
Once you’ve had fun, you can head to the nearby Yurari Onsen, which is better than any sauna in Singapore, for a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji from their outdoor baths.
Atome partners for travel bookings
Searching and making reservations at a ski resort requires a lot of back-and-forth communication with the resort management. Most of the time, travelers need to be made aware of the best deals being offered by different ski resorts. That’s where travel agencies such as Agoda and Kkday can come to the rescue. Fortunately, both companies are Atome’s partnered merchants, which allows their users to split their booking expenses into three parts instead of paying it all at once.
Agoda is a great booking site that lets you see the best deals for cities worldwide. You can check out convenient hotel rooms and flights, and you won’t have to worry about finding good hotels. You can even book activities for your family to make sure you have a fantastic vacation.
Another site that lets you browse through the best accommodation and transportation options, and you can even go through events that are being held in the area to book your ticket. The travel agency also offers tours for a planned itinerary.
You can decide if you want to book outdoor activities or a relaxing vacation to help you escape the daily hustle. No matter your tastes, you’ll find great options through Kkday.
How does Atome work?
Headquartered in Singapore with over 15,000 partnered merchants and available in 8 markets, Atome offers its users the choice and convenience of flexible payment options for a variety of products and services. The app allows shoppers to split their purchases across three interest-free monthly payments by scanning a partner retailer’s in-store QR code or upon website checkout. By splitting their payments, Atome users will be able to better manage their budget while making quality products and services more reachable.
You can become a registered Atome user by creating a new account through Atome’s app (Get the app). Once your payment details are verified (it only takes a few minutes), you are eligible to start shopping with Atome’s flexible monthly payment option.
How to pay with Atome
- Select Atome as your payment partner at checkout when shopping from an online store.
- Enter your user details when redirected.
- Pay 1/3rd of your bill and defer the remaining amount over subsequent months.
Book your ski resorts through Atome
This concludes our list of the top six ski resorts for beginners in Asia. But, of course, if you’re looking to give your kids the experience, you could also take them to Snow City in Singapore to get them used to the snow before planning your big vacation. Then, once you’ve tried them out, you could consider more thrilling courses.
Whichever ski resort you decide to visit this year, remember to book your trip through Atome’s partner merchants so you can enjoy interest-free monthly payments.