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Nanshan Ski Resort is the perfect day trip for visitors and residents of Beijing alike. In addition, the recent announcement of Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics has spurred on Nanshan Ski Resort to undertake major renovations, making it one of the best equipped ski resorts in China.
Nanshan Ski Resort is the largest of its kind in northern China, that is, it is the largest ski resort specializing in snowboarding.
Its snowboarding park, theQuiksilver Nanshan Mellow Park, is built in cooperation with the famous Austrian snowboard-park designer, the Mellow Company (the current sponsor of the park is the boardsports fashion apparel company, Quiksilver?, which also makes the female fashion apparel line, Roxy?)
Quiksilver Nanshan Mellow Park is the favorite practice grounds for China's top-competition snowboarders who are preparing themselves, pushing themselves to the limit, for the upcoming Winter Olympics.
The ski resort also distinguishes itself in offering more of everything for the Alpine skier, meaning that here one will find more slopes in all skill categories than anywhere else in China.
Nanshan Ski Resort is also probably the Chinese ski resort when it comes to the availability of skiing and other snow-activity facilities for beginners. If you are a young person who knows nothing whatsoever about skiing and are looking for a fun place to learn among like-minded young people, Nanshan Ski Resort is your ticket.
Not surprisingly, given that the ski resort also has numerous beginner slopes, Nanshan Ski Resort's 70-member staff of ski and snowboard instructors, many of whom are trained by Austrian coaches (the Nanshan International Snowboarding School is in fact led by an international snowboarding instructor from Austria), boasting one of the largest, if not the largest, staff of ski instructors in all of China.
Well-equipped and staffed: The ski resort has 12 snow-making and 2 snow-grooming machines, all Austrian made. The resort also has 150 certified instructors for skiing and snowboarding so that visitors can learn how to ski and snowboard or improve their skills.
Nanshan boasts a wide variety of activities. From 25 trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers to take their pick from to the Nanshan Mellow Park for snowboarding to the very first advanced trail for mogul skiing in China and even a playground for children, Nanshan truly does have it all.
Nanshan Ski Resort operates year round but snow season is from the end of November to the beginning of March. You may arrive at the resort at 8:45 to get your tickets and the lifts will start operating at 9:00. During the winter, the lifts stop running at 17:30 and in spring at 18:00.
Rates vary at the resort depending on how long, what time of the week and what activities you would like to partake in. A whole day pass, including ski equipment rental, during a weekday is 310 yuan. During the weekend, the price goes up to 450 yuan. But skiers get 30% off if they bring their own equipment.
If you would like to try out the 1318 meter long toboggan run, it will cost you 50 yuan per run; to rent a sled for an hour will cost 160 yuan; a locker is 10 yuan for the day and entrance into the resort is 20 yuan per person.
After a full day out on the slopes, do not worry about going hungry. Nanshan Ski Resort offers 6 different eating establishments. There is a pub where you can get pizza and drinks, two traditional Chinese restaurants, a Canadian style cafe where you can enjoy lamb chops by a fire place, a tea house and a snack stand for those on the go.
Eateries: At the base of the mountain, where the ski resort's main facilities are situated, the Terrace Restaurant & Pub serves Western food and drinks, and also Chinese beer. The Nanshan Restaurant specializes in Chinese cuisine, while the Hot Snack Bar serves Chinese snacks and other fast foods. At the top of the mountain, where the chair lift will deposit you, the Lavender Mini Tea Bar serves coffee, tea and light snacks.
Also located at the main building complex at the base of the mountain is the Nanshan Ski Service Center, a two-storey structure whose upper storey caters to VIPs while the lower storey is for everyone else (for the modest sum of 50 Yuan you can be certified as a VIP customer!). The Nanshan Ski Service Center has more than 3000 sets of skis, snowboards, toboggans, and snowmobiles for rent.
Lastly, Nanshan Ski Resort offers year-round activities; besides the winter sport activities, there is grass skiing, water skiing, swimming and hang-gliding during the summer, and in the autumn, the local fruit trees offer up their bounty, free for the picking, as they say.
Nanshan Ski Resort is 79 kilometers northeast from the center of Beijing.
The easiest driving route is to take the Jingcheng Expressway into Downtown Miyun and then follow the signs to the resort.
Public bus 980 is also an option, costing only 14 yuan. Bus takers can get off at West Bridge and take a taxi the final leg of the journey to the resort.
Alternatively, visitors may take Nanshan's shuttle bus from either Sanyuan Bridge or Wudaokou Subway for 40 yuan but reservations should be made in advance.
There are a number of ways to get to the ski resort, including two different bus routes directly from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and a bus route from downtown Beijing (ask your travel agent for the departure/ arrival details, as these change fom time to time). You can also take a taxi, though this is a bit pricey (about $50 each direction). A one-way trip by bus/ taxi takes about 1 hour.
Skiing in Nanshan Ski Resort with your kids is fun for a winter tour of Beijing. Click here to know more useful suggestions about travel in Beijing with families.
Nanshan Ski Resort offers two sets of standard (as opposed to VIP) accommodations, each with its separate amenities/ price classes: the Shirton Inn (not to be confused with the Sheraton Inn, though one is also advised to keep one's shirt on here too:)), and the Norwegian Villas.
The Shirton Inn consists of 2 two-storey structures, with in all 24 double rooms, each equipped with an electric fireplace. It also has a restaurant and bar that serves Western style food and drinks. A standard room at the Shirton Inn, which is a twin room, will cost you 580 yuan per night and this price increases during holidays. You may also rent an entire chalet, the price of which varies.
There are two Norwegian Villas, which, as the name suggests, is a self-contained single-level house. Each villa consists of 6 rooms, including a living room, a kitchen, and a dining room. They are ideal for families, or for smaller groups who wish to lodge together.
As something extra (one can expect more at Nanshan Ski Resort!), the ski resort's Nanshan VIP Skiing Club offers what are termed in/out lodgings, or lodgings where the skiing begins (and ends) at the lodging's doorstep. The VIP club has its own cafeteria of course, with huge French windows that offer fantastic views of the surroundings.
We can help you combine Beijing's best sights with some skiing activities. See our most popular Beijing tours as follow; all the tours can be tailor-made. China Highlights has helped many traveler customize their ski tours during the past year.