Changbaishan Peak is easily one China’s best freeride ski areas. Unfortunately for Chinese skiers and riders, it’s also located extremely close to North Korea, whose nuclear testing program may be causing the resort to shut its doors.
According to Outside Online, underground nuclear tests have recently caused earthquakes in the nearby area, one of which measured 6.3 on the richter scale. That nuclear testing, along with volcanic activity in the area, appears to be forcing resort officials to close the backcountry ski area until their guests’ safety can be guaranteed.
“Officials are thoroughly investigating the safety of the tourist area.”
While this particular ski area is best known for its backcountry vibe and snow cats, there is also a beginner ski area nearby with 9 chairlifts known as Changbaishan International Resort. It’s also is subject to the same quakes as well as the spectre of nuclear testing being done so close to a place enjoyed by Chinese nationals and tourists alike.
And while Chinese nationals have kept their lips sealed concering the actual cause, most believe the closure is directly related to the underground nuclear testing currently underway near the North Korean border.
Find the entire Outside Online article here: North Korean Nuclear Tests Close Chinese Ski Area