Mountain resort

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A mountain resort is a place to holiday or vacation located in a mountainous area. The term includes ski resorts, where winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and ice skating are practiced, as well as places where summer activities such as mountain biking, mountain boarding, and hiking are pursued. In hot climates hill and mountain resorts are visited for the cooler temperatures at higher elevations.

North America[edit]

In the United States and Canada the term "mountain resort" usually denotes a resort visited all year, both for winter sports and for summer activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, golf, and tennis.[1]

North American mountain resorts include but are not limited to:


In British India the colonial rulers developed resorts in the Himalayas and in mountainous areas of South India known as "hill stations", where they could escape the summer heat of the plains.[2]

Other countries[edit]

In China the emperors of the Qing Dynasty built the Chengde Mountain Resort in the 18th century, as a retreat from the summer heat of Beijing.

In Pakistan, the Galyat areas are a popular summer destination. They are also favorite for a cold snowy experience in the winter. Murree, Ayubia, Nathiagali, Kalabagh are some of the popular places. Other places like the Northern Areas which include Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir are also a choice.

In the Philippines, the American colonial government built its first summer capital in Baguio to escape Manila's heat.

In Turkey, city dwellers traditionally spent summer vacations at mountain resorts known as yaylas, to escape the summer heat.

In Cyprus the most popular mountain resort is Platres

In Thailand the third highest mountain is a popular resort at Doi Ang Kang in Chiangmai province Fang District.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mountain Resort Guide website
  2. ^ Kennedy, Dane (1996). The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj. ISBN 0-520-20188-4.
  • Dorward, Sherry (1990) Design for Mountain Communities: A Landscape and Architectural Guide Van Nostrand Reinhold ISBN 9780442220952