Would you like to get to know ski areas outside of the classic skiing countries like Austria, Switzerland or France? How about skiing in China? While there are several ski resorts around the capital, Beijing, whose topography is aimed more at beginners, the country also has ski areas for advanced skiers. SnowTrex has 5 good reasons for skiing in China.
1. Exclusive Skiing Fun
One of the Chinese skiing areas is Beidahu. The ski area is located in the north of the country, in Jilin to be precise. It has a good infrastructure and a total of 10 ski lifts. Winter sports fans can let off steam along 11 kilometres of pistes. Cross-country skiers are also well taken care of here. A total of 10 km of cross-country trails are prepared for visitors. There are also a few exclusive hotels available for winter sports fans, which is the perfect place to pamper yourself after a long day of skiing. Regardless of whether it’s massages and steam baths or the delicious gourmet cuisine, there is sure to be something for everyone here.
2. Ideal Infrastructure
Beidahu is considered the best developed ski area in China and has one of the steepest runs in the country. The area covers a total of 17.5 square kilometres. The largest elevation of the ski area, Nanlou Mountain, reaches a height of 1,404 metres. The steepest piste reaches a gradient of 32 degrees. Beidahu offers good opportunities not only for fans of alpine skiing: for example, the ski area offers training facilities for biathletes, ski jumpers, free skiers and cross-country skiers. For the preparation of the pistes, there are about 40 snow cannons available. These ensure the best winter sports conditions on the slopes. The ski area also offers accommodation for 600 people – a true paradise for every lover of winter sports. You can get an impression of this in the following video from ClubMed Hotels:
3. Skiing Along Professional Lines
The Beidahu ski area opened in 1996 and has already hosted various competitions such as the Chinese Winter Sports Championships. National ski teams from China and Korea are regular visitors to the ski area – not least thanks to the good weather conditions. The ski area is surrounded on three sides by mountains, which results in pleasant conditions with little wind, perfect for skiing and snowboarding.
4. Diverse Selection
Beidahu isn’t the only ski area in China. Another popular ski area is also located in Jilin: the Changbaishan International Ski Center, which consists of 40 km of pistes and 9 lifts. The area is situated at an altitude between 820 and 1,210 m. It was recently built in 2012 and is now the largest ski area in China. The Sun Mountain-Yabuli ski area, located in Heilongjiang, is also well-known and popular. A total of 35 kilometres of pistes and 8 lifts are available for skiers and snowboarders. The area is also known for its modern lifts and hotels, which attract locals and foreigners alike every year.
5. A Trip to China’s Mega-Metropolis, Beijing
Those who need a break from skiing can choose one of the many ski areas around Beijing, such as Wanlongbayi or Shijinglong. Then, it’s not too far to the centre of Beijing: take a walk on the Great Wall of China, explore temples and palaces and lose yourself a little in this foreign, but so enchanting and fascinating culture.