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Best Places to Ski in China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Where are the best places to ski in China? We cover the best places to go skiing in China and highlight some family-friendly spots, places to eat and more.

As China continues to develop its winter sports infrastructure, expats and digital nomads with a penchant for skiing will find a growing number of destinations to explore. With the successful hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics, China has put itself on the map as a burgeoning ski destination. From the powdery slopes of Heilongjiang in the north to the Olympic-grade facilities near Beijing, here are the best ski areas in China that offer a unique blend of culture, adventure, and modern amenities.

Yabuli Ski Resort

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China
Family Friendly: Yes

Yabuli Ski Resort is the largest and one of the best-established ski resorts in China. It's known for hosting national and international skiing competitions. The resort offers a variety of slopes catering to all skill levels, and it's particularly family-friendly with ski schools and gentle runs for beginners.

We Recommend: After a day on the slopes, visit the Windmill Restaurant for a unique dining experience that combines local flavors with international cuisine, all in a cozy, rustic setting reminiscent of traditional alpine lodges.

Nanshan Ski Village

Ability Level: Beginner and intermediate.
Location: Nanshan District, Beijing
Family Friendly: Yes

Just a short drive from the capital, Nanshan Ski Village is a convenient getaway for Beijing's expat community. The resort offers a variety of runs and has a snowboard park. It's also equipped with a ski school and a children's play area, making it an excellent choice for families.

We Recommend: The Nanshan Ski Village is home to the Quanji Hotel, where you can enjoy a hot pot meal, a popular and comforting choice after a day in the cold, allowing you to cook your own selection of fresh ingredients in a simmering pot of broth.

Wanlong Ski Resort

Ability Level: Intermediate and expert.
Location: Hebei Province, near Zhangjiakou
Family Friendly: Yes

Wanlong Ski Resort is one of the premier destinations for more experienced skiers. The resort boasts well-maintained pistes and is known for its challenging terrain. It also offers amenities for families, including ski lessons for children and non-skiing activities.

We Recommend: The Wanlong Ski Resort has several dining options, but for a truly local experience, head to the nearby town of Chongli and visit the Chongli Thaiwoo Ski Town. This area offers a variety of restaurants serving up hearty northern Chinese fare, perfect for refueling after a day on the slopes.

Genting Secret Garden

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Chongli District, Zhangjiakou
Family Friendly: Yes

Genting Secret Garden is a world-class resort that played a significant role during the 2022 Winter Olympics. It offers a wide range of slopes suitable for all levels, including several Olympic runs. The resort is also family-friendly, with plenty of activities for children and beginners.

We Recommend: For a unique dining experience, try the Genting Hotel's in-house restaurant, which offers a fusion of Western and Asian cuisines, providing a sophisticated dining experience with views overlooking the snowy mountains.

Changbaishan International Ski Resort

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Jilin Province, near the border with North Korea
Family Friendly: Yes

Changbaishan International Ski Resort is renowned for its stunning natural scenery and high-quality snow. The resort caters to all skill levels and is particularly appealing to families and beginners, with numerous gentle slopes and a ski school.

We Recommend: The resort's surroundings are dotted with hot springs, so after a day of skiing, relax at one of the local hot spring resorts, such as the Park Hyatt Changbaishan, which offers exquisite dining options alongside rejuvenating thermal baths.

Thaiwoo Ski Resort

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Chongli District, Zhangjiakou
Family Friendly: Yes

Thaiwoo Ski Resort is another venue that featured prominently in the 2022 Winter Olympics. It offers a comprehensive ski experience with runs for all levels, a ski school, and plenty of family-friendly activities, including a charming alpine village with shops and restaurants.

We Recommend: For a taste of local cuisine, visit the Thaiwoo Village and enjoy a meal at one of the traditional Chinese restaurants, where you can savor regional specialties like lamb hot pot, a warming and sociable dining experience.

Alshan Alpine Ski Resort

Ability Level: Intermediate and expert.
Location: Inner Mongolia
Family Friendly: No

Alshan Alpine Ski Resort is known for its excellent natural snow quality and challenging terrain, making it a favorite among more experienced skiers. While it may not offer as many family-oriented amenities as other resorts, it's a great choice for those looking for an authentic skiing experience.

We Recommend: In the town of Alshan, you can find a variety of local eateries. One standout is the Alshan Hotel's restaurant, where you can indulge in Mongolian-style barbecue, a hearty and flavorful meal that reflects the local culture.

Huaibei International Ski Resort

Ability Level: Beginner and intermediate.
Location: Beijing
Family Friendly: Yes

Huaibei International Ski Resort is nestled in the scenic area of Jiugukou Natural Scenic Area, making it not only a place for skiing but also for enjoying the natural beauty. It's particularly suited to families and beginners, with gentle slopes and a ski school.

We Recommend: The resort's Jiugukou Hotel offers a variety of dining options, including a restaurant that serves both Chinese and Western dishes, allowing for a comfortable and familiar dining experience for international visitors.

Remember to check the latest travel advisories and local COVID-19 guidelines before planning your trip, as these can affect the availability and operation of ski resorts. Happy skiing!

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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