China Does Have Skiing and Here are the Top Resorts

Skiing has become increasingly popular with Chinese as well as international ski travelers seeking new mountains and lower prices. Here¡¯s a directory of the best ski resorts in China both indoor and outdoor.

  • 01 of 11

    Alshan Alpine Skiing Resort

    Yabuli ski resort, Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China, China, Asia
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    • Notes: Resort surrounded by forests
    • Location: On the border of Inner Mongolia (Province) in China and Mongolia itself
    • Season: Nov 1 through Apr 1
    • Skiing Market: Beginners to advanced
    • Getting There: From Beijing by air to Ulanhot, 3-4 hours by bus/train to resort
  • 02 of 11

    Beijing Huaibei Ski Resort

    • Notes: Largest ski resort accessible from Beijing
    • Location: 70km outside of Beijing
    • Season: Dec 1 through Mar 1
    • Lifts: 4
    • Trails: 6
    • Skiing Market: Beginners to Advanced
    • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
    • Getting There: About 1 hour by car from Beijing to the resort
  • 03 of 11

    Beijing Nanshan International Ski Slope & Resort

    • Notes: Purports to have the first international standard half-pipe in China, China¡¯s first advanced mogul trail as well as the first snow football field
    • Location: 80km outside of Beijing
    • Season: Dec 15 through Mar 15
    • Highest Mountain: 600m
    • Snowboards: Yes
    • Accommodation: Yes, on site ski-in and out
    • Skiing Market: Beginners - Advanced
    • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
    • Getting There: About 1.5 hours by car from Beijing to the resort
  • 04 of 11

    Changchun Beidahu Ski Resort

    • Notes: Purports to have the first professional ski slopes in China with international standards
    • Location: Jilin Province
    • Season: Nov 1 through Apr 1
    • Highest Mountain: 1400m
    • Lifts: 6
    • Trails: 6
    • Platforms: 4
    • Snowboards: Yes
    • Ski Instruction: Yes
    • Skiing Market: Suitable for all
    • Cost: Skiing from US$30/day
    • Getting There: From Beijing flight to Jilin, then travel by car 1.5 hours from Jilin
    • Read about Beidahu on China Ski Tours.
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  • 05 of 11

    Erlongshan Longzhu Ski Resort

    • Location: Near Harbin
    • Season: Dec 1 through Apr 1
    • Highest Mountain: 266m
    • Lifts: 1
    • Trails: 8
    • Skiing Market: Beginners
    • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
    • Getting There: From Beijing by air to Harbin (2 hours), 1 hour by bus/taxi to resort
  • 06 of 11

    Jilin Changbeishan Ski Resort

    • Notes: Located in Changbeihan Nature Reserve
    • Location: Jilin Province
    • Season: Nov 1 through May 1
    • Highest Mountain: 1820m
    • Lifts: 1
    • Trails: 4
    • Snowboards: Yes
    • Ski Instruction: Yes
    • Skiing Market: Suitable for all
    • Cost: Skiing from US$30/day + US$5 entry to reserve area
    • Getting There: From Beijing by air to Yanji airport
  • 07 of 11

    Ping Tian Resort

    • Notes: Phase I slated to open November 2008 boasting "China's first world class, luxury ski resort" in Xinjiang provinces Tianshan mountain range.
    • One hour outside Urumqi, Xinjiang
    • Slope: 2 detachable lifts, 75 ha (185 acres) of skiable terrain, and close to 2,000 vertical feet
    • Opening hours: TBD
    • Cost: TBD
    • See what China Ski Tours, a leading ski tour website, has to say about it: Ping Tian Resort.
  • 08 of 11

    Qiaobo Ski and Snow World

    • Notes: Named for Ye Qiaobo, a medal-winning Winter Olympian
    • Location: 6 Shun¡¯an Road, Beijing
    • Slopes: 2, 200m beginner and 300m advanced
    • Cost: Mon-Fri 180rmb (US$22), Sat-Sun 230rmb (US$28) for two hours
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  • 09 of 11

    Wanlong Ski Resort

    • Location: Hebei Province, four hours from Beijing.
    • Season: Nov 1 through Apr 1 (high elevation allows for a long season)
    • Lifts: 4
    • Trails: 5
    • Snowboards: Yes
    • Ski Instruction: Yes
    • Accommodation: new 3-star ski-in hotel
    • Cost: Skiing from US$50/day
    • Getting There: 4-hour car or bus from Beijing.
    • Read about Wanlong on China Ski Tours.
  • 10 of 11

    Yabuli Ski Resort

    • Notes: China's largest ski resort
    • Location: Heilongjiang Province.
    • Season: Dec 1 through Apr 1
    • Highest Mountain: 1375m
    • Lifts: almost 1 - according to China Ski Tours, the lone lift is closed for the 2007-08 season for refitting so all intermediate/advanced terrain is inaccessible. There are plans for many more lifts in the future...
    • Annual Snowfall: 300 inches (but expect man-made snow)
    • Snowboards: Yes
    • Ski Instruction: Yes
    • Accommodation: 10 hotels and hostels, e.g. Windmill hotel and villas, Qingyun Villa, Dianli Villa, Jiaotong Villa.
    • Cost: Skiing from US$55/day
    • Getting There: From Beijing to Harbin by air (1.5 hours), train to Yabuli (2.5 hours), bus to resort (30 min)
    • Read a personal account of skiing at Yabuli by Mishi Saran.
  • 11 of 11

    Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Site

    • Location: 1835 Qixin Road, near Gudai Road, Shanghai
    • Slope: 1246 feet long, 262 feet wide
    • Opening hours: daily 9:30am ¨C 9pm
    • Cost: Mon-Fri 198rmb (US$24.50), Sat-Sun 218rmb (US$27) for unlimited time

    This compilation was completed with the help of chinaskitours.com and 4panda.com's ski index.