The slopes of Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan, are a lure for Chinese skiers. Photo: Handout

Why most of the 1.2 million skiers in China avoid local ski resorts and head for Japan instead

China has 700 ski resorts and more than a million skiers and snowboarders, but more than half of them prefer to head overseas to Japan and Canada, where the service is better, the weather less harsh and the prices are lower

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The slopes of Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan, are a lure for Chinese skiers. Photo: Handout
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Pavel Toropov

Pavel Toropov

Involved in competitive sport since the age of four, after completing a PhD in Ecology, Pavel worked in Colombia, Brazil, the UAE, South Korea and China. His love of outdoors sees him setting courses for ultra-marathons in Bhutan, powder skiing in Japan and guiding tourists to both the North and South Poles. He also crossed South America by bicycle, pedalling over 12,000 kilometres, alone. A former competitive distance runner, Pavel speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French and supports AFC Wimbledon, his local football club.