The areas surrounding Changchun in Jilin Province are some of the greatest destinations for winter sports in China. Temperatures usually plummet from November onwards meaning that winters here can last for up to seven months. The area’s abundance of fluffy snow during the winter months secures Changchun’s reputation as one of the best skiing destinations in the country. Though the area’s temperature is known to plummet to -36.5oC around January, an active day on the ski slope is a great, fun way to keep warm. Below is a guide to two of Changchun’s best ski resorts.
Jingyuetan Ski Resort 净月潭滑雪场
This ski resort boasts one of the longest ski slopes in Asia. Located just 18km from the centre of Changchun, the resort is within easy reach of the city hence coming here for a day trip is not only very convenient, but also largely stress free too. The resort is set in a beautiful, idyliic setting, within the Jingyuetan National Forest Park. A taxi from the city directly to the resort should only cost you around 30 RMB and special shuttle buses from People’s Square transports customers to the resort during the peak season. Usually open from November to February, the resort caters to skiers of all levels.
The slope has three elementary runs which are 580 meters, 470 meters and 300meters long respectively, with an average width of 30 metres and a slope of 8-10 degrees. The intermediate slope is 1470 metres long and has a 15 degree slope. For the advanced skiers or the more daring, there’s also a cross-country trail that is 2.5 kilometres long. There’s a 2800 square metre ski lodge that houses an equipment rental area, a cafe, shops and restaurants. Entrance into the resort costs 10 RMB, not including rental or skiing fees.
Changchun Jingyuetan 长春净月潭滑雪场View In Map
Add: inside Jingyuetan National Forest Pak, Nanguan District, Changchun 长春市南关区净月潭国家森林公园内
Getting there: tourist bus No. 102/120/160 to Jingyuetan
Tel: 0431-8451 8000, 8451 8002
Opening hours: 08:30 – 16:00
Price: 80 RMB/2hours (Mon-Fri), 100 RMB/2hours (Sat-Sun)
Admission into the resort costs 30 RMB
Beidahu Ski Resort. Photo: yoyow.net
Changchun Beidahu Ski Resort 北大湖滑雪场
Like Jingyuetan Resort, Beidaihu is also set in a stunning area of natural beauty. This resort is more of a trek from Changchun, 140 km from the city to be precise. However, as Asia’s first professional ski slope of international standard, venturing out further from the city to Beidahu Ski Resort is definitely worth it. This resort was the site of the 2007 Asian Winter Games and is an important training centre for China’s professional winter sports teams.
The resort covers an area of 17.5 metres, with nine mountain peaks and lies at an altitude of 1200 metres above sea level. While the mountain offers a wide choice of trails and slopes, such as alpine ski trails, cross-country trails and ski jumping platforms, its main attractions however are geared towards skiers of intermediate or advanced level. The intermediate mountain is served by a multi chair life system, while the steeper mountain is served by a single gondola. Overall, the resort boasts six slopes ranging from 20-60 metres in width, slopes ranging from 32-7 degrees, ten snow making machines, a training centre and top quality equipment and facilities. Since the resort is quite a distance from Changchun, you may want to consider staying at the resort overnight. A lodging that has 600 rooms available is set at the foot of the mountain. The lodging is also equipped with top class facilities including a gym, KTV, restaurant, cafe, shower centre, shops etc.
Changchun Beidahu Ski Resort 北大湖滑雪场
Add: Beidahu Development Zone, Beidahu Town, Yongji County, Jilin Province
Tel: 0432 6420 2168, 6420 2166
Opening hours: 08:30 – 16:30
Admission into the resort costs 20 RMB, equipment rental costs 80RMB/2h, 120/half day, 160 RMB/all day
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