Just a few days after Yongpyong the season’s third newcomer to celebrate its premiere as LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Tour venue, it’s up to Yabuli to leave a mark on the international competition series in just a few days. China’s biggest ski area is, although being a brand new World Cup host, no stranger in respect of organising events. This winter’s second Halfpipe contest held on February 13th, 2011, will mark the first ever Chinese World Cup stop.
The events will be held at Sun Mountain Yabuli, China’s premier and most well known destination ski resort. The resort, built on Yabuli Sun Mountain, part of the Changbai Mountain Range, which is located about 175 kilometres southeast of Harbin in the northern province of Heilongjiang, not only hosted the 1996 Asia Winter Games but also the 2008 National Winter Games and some of the 2009 Winter Universiade competitions. The resort is operated by Mountain China Resorts Ltd (MCR). The company initial focus is the rapid transformation of five existing ski areas in northern China into unique, year-round, world-class resorts offering the very best in snow sports throughout the winter. MCR offers a range of accommodations, including five-star full-service hotels, condominium-hotels and luxury resort homes.
Sun Mountain Yabuli is Club Med's first resort in China.