Melco China Resorts (MCR) is the largest operator and developer of ski resorts in China. It is currently transforming one existing ski area in Beijing and four existing ski areas in the North Eastern provinces of Heilongjiang and Jili, most notably Sun Mountain Yabuli. The company envisions a network of year-round village centered, destination mountain resorts in China.
According to the China Ski Association, the total number of ski visits in China increased by 109% to over 4 million between 1999 and 2004.
Melco has plans first for Sun Mountain Yabuli as an up-market recreational resort. It is 2.5 hours southeast of the city of Harbin by road or 90 minutes by train and is a village-centered mountain resort with three premium hotels under construction.