When it comes to skiing, many people will immediately think of southern Austria or Switzerland. However, not everyone can afford to travel to, let alone stay at, a fancy Swiss ski resort. In fact, there are a lot of excellent, outstanding even, ski resorts to be discovered across China. Some of them even host international skiing and snowboarding competitions.
The ten ski resorts China.org.cn has selected for you here, can all claim unique characteristics. Some of them feature excellent snow quality, whereas others feature superb service. Third ones might stand out because of their amazing surroundings. No matter whether you are a winter vacation lover or not, you can definitely find a holiday spot to your liking among the following ten.
10. Huaibei International Ski Resort in Beijing 北京怀北国际滑雪场
Huaibei International Ski Resort in Beijing [shop.zijiayoucn.com]
Built in 2000, Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort is one of the earliest ski resorts in Beijing. Located in Huairou District, also known as the backgarden of Beijing, the ski resort features superb facilities as well as amazing scenery.
Featuring one advanced slope, three medium-level ones and four beginner-level pistes, the resort caters to ski lovers from all levels. In addition, the safety system is in accordance with European standards and there is somebody present at every 50 meters should you require any help. The resort also offers a great variety of snow activities, including snowmobile rides, archery on the snow, and horse-drawn sled rides.
9. Nanshan Ski Resort in Beijing 北京南山滑雪场
Nanshan Ski Resort in Beijing [geolocation.ws]
Covering an area of 4000 mu (267 hectares), Beijing Nanshan Ski Resort is an all-year-round Beijing holiday resort. With its beautiful panorama, the resort makes for a great place to ski in winter, enjoy the natural scenery in spring, play water games in summer, and pluck fruits in autumn.
Located in the south of the Miyun District, the resort features 11 slopes that suit people from beginner-level to the more advanced one. Furthermore, it was the first resort to introduce snowboarding in China. A snowboarding piste was built to the standards of Europe’s Mellow Park, in cooperation with Austrian MELLOW Company.
8. Emei Mountain Ski Resort in Sichuan 四川峨嵋山滑雪场
Built in 1998, it was the first ski resort in Sichuan. As it is situated in the well-known Emei Mountain Scenic Area, it can boast some absolutely breathtaking scenery. Although not too big, the resort has imported its advanced facilities from Austria, as well as provided numerous activities, including a snowball fight-area and an ice sculpture-area.
More importantly, the yearly ice festival forms a highlight, turning the resort into a huge carnival. The festival consists of many interesting activities, including mountainbiking, skiing performances, dog-drawn sled rides and tug-of-war. In addition, Emei Mountain is well known for its hot springs. After enjoying a day of skiing, you can relax and allow for your body to relax. It will make you feel like you’ve been swept off to some magical fairytale land.
7. Tianshan Mountain International Ski Resort in Xinjiang 新疆天山滑雪场
Tianshan Mountain International Ski Resort in Xinjiang [xj8888666.com]
Located at some 80 km from Urumqi, Tianshan International Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in Xinjiang. It is a multifaceted place, featuring skiing competitions, ski training, travel and culture. The snow at the altitude of 2400 meters is 1.5 meters deep and of very pure and natural quality.
The ski equipment hall covers an area of 21,000 square meters, making it the largest in China. The resort’s No.1 slope stretches out across 1.8 kilometers, the largest professional one found in Xinjiang. The difference in height between the highest racetrack and the lowest one can reach up to 1200 meters, making them suitable for holding international skiing events. Moreover, the resort offers alpine skiing, freestyle jumping, horse riding, tennis, a local culture street, and other interesting activities, in order to express the culture of western China while at the same time providing entertainment.
6. Alshan Skiing Resort in Inner Mongolia 内蒙古阿尔山滑雪场
Alshan Skiing Resort in Inner Mongolia [bbs.voc.com.cn]
Located in Alshan City, Inner Mongolia, the Alshan Skiing Resort is one of the best ski resorts in China, featuring the widest range of activities. Surrounded by tree-clad mountains, it is a natural oxygen bar, offering great and refreshing air. The slopes cover an area of 6,000 square meters and can accommodate 4000 ski lovers. A training center was constructed based on international competition standards and was one of the training bases for the Chinese Olympic skiing team.
The resort is divided into two parts: The West Hill Ski Terrain for ski racing and training; the East Hill Terrain for just plain fun. The West Hill Terrain is built in accordance with the standards for international ski racing, suitable for competition and training. This part covers around 5.5 square kilometers with great many alpine and cross country trails. The trails are connected to a hot spring area, featuring a perfect combination of icy cold and boiling hot. In addition, you can also find some local activities such as horse racing, wrestling and hunting on the resort’s entertainment menu.
5. Yulong Skiing Resort in Yunnan 云南玉龙雪山滑雪场
Yulong Skiing Resort in Yunnan [lijiangdiy.com]
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xue Shan), located near Lijiang, is the southernmost glacier found in the northern hemisphere. Its tallest peak has an altitude of 5,596 meters, which is said to be the world's most difficult climb and thus to this day remains a virgin peak. The ski resort is located at an altitude of 4500m to 4700m and covered in snow all-year-long.
Featuring excellent snow quality and long snow season, it attracts countless ski lovers from all over the world. In order to provide the best conditions, the resort bought snowmaker from the United States and snow grooming machine from Canada.
4. Wanlong Ski Resort in Hebei 河北崇礼万龙滑雪场
Wanlong Ski Resort in Hebei [lvren.com]
Located in Chongli County of Zhanjiakou City, Hebei Province, at 249 kilometers from Beijing City, Wanlong Ski Resort is one of the newest skiing destinations in China. At this moment, the Wanlong ski resort features 22 trails, which are suited for skiers from the beginner- to advanced-levels. The excellent natural snow and the superb added snow from the resort’s imported snow making system, make it the earliest resort to open its gates to the public in winter.
The 2,600 square meters assortment of amenities has been equipped with an advanced electronic charge system, and the 1,400 square meters restaurant provides soft lounge music as well as an amazing vista from its windows, making it an excellent place for people to take a break from the cold outside. A lot of professional ski teams from all over China, Japan and South Korea, have the resort as their training base.
3. Shennongjia Ski Resort in Hubei 湖北神农架旅游滑雪场
Located in Shennongjia National Forest Park, Hubei Province, Shennongjia Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in southern China. Opened in 2004, the winter destination offers its visitors skiing and other outdoor adventures.
Located at a height of 2,200 meters, the resort can boast trails ranging from beginner- to medium-levels and slopes varying from 5 degrees to 15 degrees. What's more, as it is situated within the Shennonjia Scenic Area, the resort features some spectacular scenery. The Shennonjia Scenic Area is famous for its varied plant species as well as its solemn mountains. Regarded as the "Lungs of Central China," forest coverage exceeds 90 percent of the area. When winter comes along, all trees get covered in icicles, turning the resort into a true winter wonderland.
2. Beidahu Ski Resort in Jilin 吉林北大湖滑雪场
Located at 53 kilometers from downtown Jilin, Beidahu Ski Resort integrates travel, competition and training. Once serving as the host venue of China's 8th, 9th and 12th National Winter Games, the resort features excellent snow and fabulous scenery. The number of snow days reaches up to 160 annually and the snow can be as deep as 1.5 meters at a height of more than 1,000 meters.
Additionally, the resort boasts picturesque rime scenery. The beautiful Jilin rime is regarded as one of China's four natural wonders - along with the Guilin landscape of mountains and waters in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; the Stone Forest in Yunnan province; and the Three Gorges along the Yangtze River.
1. Yabuli Ski Resort in Heilongjiang 黑龙江亚布力滑雪场
Located some 23 kilometers to the southwest of Yabuli County, and at 198 kilometers from Harbin, Yabuli Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in China. It is also the best ski resort in China in terms of slopes, types of slopes, length of slopes and services. It has hosted a number of games, including all snow events of the 3rd Asian Winter Games.
The number of snow days averages around 170 and the skiing season last for 120 days. The best time to visit the area is from November to March. The 11 slopes can meet the demands from beginning to experienced skiers. Average snow fall is 30-50 cm in the lower areas and about 100 cm at the top of the mountain. The resort offers various kinds of activities, bars, restaurants, a shopping mall, and an aid center.