Every year, when a whole load of fluffy snowflakes fall in Beijing, the city turns into a winter wonderland – for about an hour. Then, it all turns to brown, slippery slush or a compressed sheet of ice with the sole purpose of slipping you up. Only parks, roof tops and other spots untouched by man seem to retain that wintery beauty we all long for when the bitter, cold descends upon the city – at least that's what the clueless think. But we've got news for you: Beijing is home to not one but many ski resorts, offering a range of snowy slopes for beginners and advanced level skiers, all within easy reach of downtown Beijing. So quit moaning about Beijing's smoggy, grey winters and embrace the winter activities on offer!
1) Nanshan Ski Village View In Map
Nanshan is hands down one of the most popular skiing resorts in northern China. Located in Miyun County about 80 km from downtown Beijing, Nanshan is both a site for top class skiing that caters to all levels, and a first choice venue for major international winter sport events such as the annual Nanshan Red Bull Open snowboarding competition. Another integral reason for its popularity is the fact that Nanshan Ski Village is the largest of its kind in northern China.
The resort currently boasts twenty-one slopes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and is equipped with top of the range facilities and high-tech snow making machines. Besides the ski trails, the resort also offers many other entertainment choices, such as a 1,318 metre long toboggan imported form Germany, sleds and children's snowmobiles from Canada as well as cable hang-gliders. Ski lessons are also available starting from 264/330 RMB per person on weekdays and weekends respectively, though you'll get a better rate for larger groups. Though Nanshan can be reached by car in 30 minutes from Beijing via the new Jingcheng Highway making it a convenient day-trip ski destination, the resort also offers excellent food and lodging facilities for overnight guests.
Add: Nanshan Ski Village, Shengshuitou Village, Miyun County, Beijing
Tel: 010 8909 1909
Opening hours: 09:00-17:30
Lift tickets prices: 140, 160, 260 RMB (Mon-Fri - 3 hours, 4 hours, all day); 240, 280, 390 RMB (Sat & holidays - 3 hours, 4 hours, all day);220, 255, 370 RMB (Sun - 3 hours, 4 hours, all day)
Other prices: 20 RMB (admission), 35 RMB (clothing rental), 200 RMB (deposit on ski gear)
Getting there: Special direct buses leave from the parking lot near Home Link real estate in the Fortune Times building daily at 08:30, and takes approximately 50 minutes. The shuttle leaves Nanshan at 17:30 for Beijing and costs 40 RMB round-trip. Seats should be booked at least a day in advance, call 8909 1909 for info. Or, take the shuttle leaving from the east gate of Huaqing Jiayuan in Wudaokou (五道口华清嘉园东门), also leaving at 8:30 and returning at 17:30.
2) Jundushan Ski Resort View In Map
Jundushan is located in the middle of a hot springs resort—a great place to relax after a day of skiing. Featuring seven ski slopes of varying difficulty, Jundushan also has an excellent lighting system so you can ski at night too. Ski lessons start from 320/360 RMB for two hours on weekdays and weekends, respectively. There's also a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi.
Add: Jundushan Ski Resort, 588 Zhenshun Village, Cuicun Township, Changping District, Beijing
Opening hours: 08:00-20:00
Tel: 010 6072 5888
Lift ticket prices: 100, 220 RMB (Mon-Fri – 2 hours, 8 hours); 150, 360 RMB (Sat-Sun – 2 hours, 8 hours); 160, 390 RMB (Spring Festival – 2 hours, 8 hours); 100 RMB (night skiing)
Other prices: 30 RMB (clothing rental)
Getting there: from Deshengmen bus station (德胜门公交站), take bus No. 888, 886, 345 to Changping Dongguan (平东关站), then take bus No. 昌21 to Jundushan Ski Resort (军都山滑雪场). Or, take subway line 13 to Xi'erqi (西二旗站), then change to the Changping line (昌平线) to Nanshao (南邵站), then take bus No. 昌11 to Walmart (沃尔玛超市), then change to bus No. 昌21 to Jundushan Ski Resort (军都山滑雪场)
3) Yuyang SkiView In Map
In 2010, Yuyang Ski was named one of the top 10 ski resorts in China, according to consumer reports. Featuring two advanced, three intermediate, and three beginner slopes, Yuyang Ski also has courses for snow tubing and motor skis, as well as a children's area. Don't miss their “soft opening” period in the first week of December for awesome discounts.
Add: Yuyang Ski, 688 Dawangwu Village, Donggaocun Township, Pinggu District, Beijing
Tel: 010 5869 3355; 8485 6362
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00
Lift ticket prices: 24, 34 RMB (weekday/weekend day passes from Dec1-7); 140, 200 RMB (weekday/weekend day passes after Dec 7)
Getting there: from the entrance to Ginza Mall (东方银座门口) near Dongzhimen subway exit B, take the direct shuttle leaving daily at 07:30 for 50 RMB (return trips start at 16:30). Call ahead for reservations: 010 8485 6362.
4) Huaibei SkiView In Map
Located just north of the city, Huaibei Ski is one of the oldest ski resorts around Beijing. You can even catch a glimpse of the Great Wall while you fly (or snow plow) down one of eight slopes (one advanced, three intermediate, three beginner, and one practice).
Add: Huaibei Ski, 548 Hefangkou Village, Huaibei Township, Huairou District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8486 9353; 8486 9363
Opening hours: 8:30-21:30
Lift ticket prices: 60, 140, 220 RMB (Mon-Fri – 1 hour, half day, full day); 80, 200, 360 RMB (Sat-Sun – 1 hour, half day, full day); 100, 240, 390 RMB (Spring Festival – 1 hour, half day, full day)
Other prices: 30 RMB (clothing rental)
Getting there: from Dongzhimen (东直门) take the direct shuttle leaving daily (except Monday) at 08:10 (return trip starts 16:30). Call ahead for reservations: 010 8969 6677; 8486 9353 (bus won't leave unless there are at least ten reservations).
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