Near Lijiang on the Tibetian border, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain ski area (aka Yulong Mountain) is a freeriding zone with no defined pistes. The Jade Dragon ski area is known for its exceptional snow cover and gladed regions, with few steep sections. It has one cable car lift that ascends from the village at 3,500m up to 4,500m, and then there is a single chairlift up to 4,700m. The ski region covers a large area spread over 35km by 20km. It is divided into three areas: Dry Sea Meadow, Cloud Fir Meadow, and Yak Meadow.
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is located about 20km from Lijiang in the Yunnan Province.
Since the Jade Dragon ski resort is so close to Tibet, there are special travel visas required. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 19 snowboarding resorts in China.