Before you read the next sentence, take a guess as to where you think the world’s highest ski resort is…! Okay, got it?
I’m willing to bet that the majority of you didn’t pick China, but the country is in fact home to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the highest altitude ski resort in the world.
The ski resort’s base lies at a higher altitude than any other ski resort’s peak.
In fact, with a base at 4,500m (14,763 ft.), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is 1,706 ft. higher than the peak of Gulmarg, India at 3,980m (13,057 ft.), which is the next highest ski resort in the world.
The ski area can be accessed by taking the Cable Car. The spot is a popular tourist destination for non-skiers as well.
To be fair, calling Jade Dragon Snow Mountain a “ski resort” is a bit of a stretch in the modern sense.
Technically, a hikeable snowfield can be accessed from November-June by tourists willing to ride the gondola to the base.
From what I can tell, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain doesn’t have a lift system, ski patrol, or any ski-related facilities.
However you spin it, it’s pretty damn cool that they operate a gondola at 14,763 ft. above sea level. That’s nearly 2,000 ft. higher than the Imperial Express Superchair at Breckenridge!
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Stats:
Base: 4,500m (14,763 ft.)
Summit: 4,700m (15,419 ft.)
Vertical: 200m (656 ft.)
Season Length: November-June