According the China Daily News, China is planning to build one of the highest ski resorts on Earth in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa. Lhasa lives at 12,000-feet.
China is hoping to monetize the mountains of Tibet and they’d like Tibet to start pumping out Winter Olympians in time for their 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
Nyima Tsering, deputy director of Tibet’s sports bureau who has summited Everest thrice, says “Just as China is new to the winter sports game, Tibet also has a long way to go.” He hopes ” to see the faces of Tibetan skiers” at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Tibet has 5 mountains over 26,000-feet, 70 mountains over 23,000-feet, and 1,000 mountains over 20,000-feet.
“With an average altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level (14,700-feet), Tibet is rich in unique natural resources for ice and snow sports.” – Nyima Tsering, deputy director of Tibet’s sports bureau who has summited Everest thrice
Tibetans certainly would have an advantage at high altitude as shown by their recent 8th place finish in the 2016 Sohu Cup national ski mountaineering event after training for only 90 days…
“These four Tibetan skiers were only trained for 90 days, and they did a good job. We can make it in the future.” – – Nyima Tsering, deputy director of Tibet’s sports bureau
Thus far the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing have been a bit of a joke. The venues where they plan to host the ski events average 2″ snowpacks in winter…