A beautiful get away and only 2.5 hours by car. Tons of snow and good food. Definitely a 2 day trip, so make time for it. There is a small area to ski and other fun activities for children and non skiers. The hot air balloon only goes up to a short height, stays there for about 5 minutes then descends. not worth the money.
The children and I went over 2 days. Stayed at Huashuiwan late Dec 2019. The first day Saturday we were a bit late getting up, reached the ticket queue at 11am. RMB 195 each for entry and return cable car rides to midpoint and to Riyue plateau. Cable car - bus to midpoint - stayed for 2 hours to play with the snow. Midpoint to Riyue plateau - good views - disappointing as Riyue ski point was closed that day.Sunday we set off at 8am from Huashuiwan to Xiling hence shorter queue, and more time to play. The food up mountain is expensive, easily 4-5 times the price, comparing supermarket cup noodles. Bring your own cup noodles or rice.
Xiling snow mountain is the nearest snow mountain to Chengdu. It's good for skiing and snow activities.