Skiing is becoming an increasingly popular sport in China, with new resorts opening, and an ever-wider range of slopes available. Indoor skiing is also increasingly raising its profile. For lovers of skiing in the Shanghai area, there are several options from which to choose. Here are three:
The Lin'an Daming Mountain Ski Site is the largest resort in all of eastern China. Located behind Daming Lake in the larger Lin'an Daming Mountain Scenic Area, it is situated at a height of approximately 1,200 metres.
The site consists of two major areas. The relaxation area extends out over some 10,000 square meters and is itself extensive, while the skiing area itself takes up the majority of the site, some 30,000 square meters. For children and novices there are bunny-runs. Other runs cater for skiers up to intermediate level.
When natural snow is unavailable, the Lin'an Daming Mountain Ski Site is able to take advantage of artificial snow generated by state-of-the-art equipment on the site.
For those who want to enjoy the snow in other ways, the relaxation area affords the opportunity for such traditional – and less skilled – pastimes as making snowmen and having snowball fights.
Tickets are paid for by the hour:
Ski suits, gloves and goggles may be hired at some RMB10 to RMB30 per hour. Those just starting out may also hire themselves a skiing instructor for some RMB200 per hour, catering to groups of no more than five people per instructor.
Please note: There is an entry fee into the Daming Mountain Scenic Area of RMB110 per person. Given that the ski site is located within the scenic area, it will be necessary to pay this when you arrive at the ski area itself. Tour-bus fees and cable cars may also necessitate additional expense. However, having the ticket into the scenic area decreases the price of entry into the ski area by RMB50.
Daming Mountain Scenic Area, Baiguo Village, Qingliang Town, Changhua, Lin'an, Zhejiang (浙江省临安市昌化清凉镇白果村大明山景区)
The most popular accommodation in the area is in farm houses, often the only accommodation available. For your convenience, it is possible for China Highlights to arrange this for you in advance should you wish to stay overnight and see the scenic area as well as the ski area. You have, after all, paid the entry fee, so you may as well extend your trip out to take advantage of the scenery. See below for details on how to contact us.
The Daming Mountain Ski Site is conveniently located some 80km from the Lin'an urban area, 110km from Hangzhou and some 270km from Shanghai.
By road, take the Hanghui Expressway, (from Hangzhou to Anhui), to the Baiguo exit, (白果出口). Once off, turn left and drive for a further 4km to the Daming Mountain Scenic Area. From here, you can take a cable car to the ski area itself.
By public transport, first take a train from your starting-point to the Hangzhou (Chengzhan/城战) Railway Station. From there, take the 49 bus or the express bus service to Hangzhou Western Bus Station and, from there, a further bus to Changhua Bus Station, (昌化). From here, take a bus to the Li'an Daming Mountain Scenic Area.
Important note: only two buses run from Changhua Bus Station to the Li'an Daming Mountain Scenic area each day. These depart at 8.10am and 2.10pm.
At 900 meters above sea level, the An'ji Jiangnan Tianchi Ski Site is located in the Jiangnan Tianchi Scenic area, set in the northern foothills of Tianmu Mountain in An'ji County, Zhejiang. It is only some 20km from the urban area of An'ji itself.
The site itself is compact, consisting of a practice run and a 400 meter run with a maximum incline of 30 degrees for more experienced skiers. The total drop over its length is some 50 meters.
This is the foremost of the ski sites located in the southern area of the Yangtze River and, one of the better-developed, and thus one of the safest. It offers other attractions, in particular a hot springs complex, perfect for relaxing in after a pleasant day's skiing.
Tickets are paid for by the hour:
Please note: additional cost is necessitated by the ski site's location within the Jiangnan Tianchi Scenic Area, for which a RMB50 entry fee is charged per person.
Jiangnan Tianchi Scenic Area, Henglu Village, Tianhuangping Town, An'ji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang (浙江省湖州市安吉县天荒坪镇横路村江南天池度假村)
From Shanghai by road, there are two possible routes:
From Hangzhou by road:
Huangzhou Ring Expressway – Huzhou – Gouzhuang Toll Station (勾庄收费站, off the Expressway) – Highway 104, then follow the first of the above routes from Shanghai.
Shangliang Hill, (商量岗 or 相量岗 by its popular name), is located in the Shangliang Gang resort, itself situated in the heart of the Siming Mountains, (四明山). It is not far from the Xikou scenic area in Zhejiang and has other sites of interest nearby, most notably the Xuedou Temple, (雪窦寺), (7km away), atop Xuedou Mountain. Given your route to the ski site is likely to take you past the temple, you may want to look in along the way.
The Ningbo Shangliang ski site itself is some 900 meters above sea level on the highest peak in the area.
Skiing aside, the site is packed with cold-weather activities, so for variation you may want to try skating, take a sleigh ride, watch an ice ballet or take advantage of some of the other activities available.
Tickets are paid for according to the duration of your stay:
Equipment may be obtained on site with a deposit – RMB300 for a pair of skis; RMB200 for a ski suit; RMB100 for the use of a locker. The site prefers visitors to use its own equipment – so much so, indeed, that people bringing their own will have to pay an additional charge of RMB300 to use it!
Xikou Town, Fenghua, Ningbo, Zhejiang, (浙江省宁波市奉化市溪口镇)
Arranging a trip in China can be fraught with difficulties, particularly in such a specialized area as skiing. You need to be confident that the holiday you have is tailored precisely to your needs and that no hitches along the way interfere with your enjoyment, but you do not want to get lost in a tour party and follow the crowd. The solution? Let China Highlights arrange everything for you to your own specifications. Our on-the ground support staff can arrange everything on your behalf, leaving you to get on with seeing the sights and skiing the slopes. To find out more, contact our expert support staff.