Xiling Mountain (Xilǐng Xuěshān, 西岭雪山)—also referred to as "Xiling Snow Mountain," "Xiling Snow-Capped Mountain" or just "Xiling Xueshan"—is a pleasant get-away just about two hours by car from downtown Chengdu.
In spring, summer and fall, it offers hikers alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and colorful autumn foliage. By mid-November, the upper slopes see substantial snowfall, and aided by snow machines are ski-able until around February.
The ski area—not quite a "resort" in an Alps or Rockies sense of the word—is served by three nearby hotels, chairlifts and a decent ski rental service. At present, snowboards are not available for rental, and the ski experience isn't likely to wow serious skiers, though it's perfectly fine for beginners or just a day or two of laid-back fun. The slopes don't quite make it up all the way up to Daxuetang (Dàxuětáng, 大雪塘), or "Snow Pond," the mountain's highest peak at 5,364 m (17,598 ft) above sea level.
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