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The Top 4 Ski Resorts around Shanghai

The Top 4 Ski Resorts around Shanghai

Written by Coco YangUpdated Jan. 25, 2022

Skiing is becoming an increasingly popular sport in China, especially after Beijing's successful bid for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, 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 the top four Ski Sites near Shanghai:

1. Wintastar Shanghai (上海"冰雪之星")

Skiing at Wintastar Shanghai

Situated in Lingang City in Pudong New Area of Shanghai, Wintastar covers an area of approximately 227,000 square meters (ten city blocks), and it is said to be the world's biggest indoor ski resort.  Singapore's KOP Limited is to participate in the development of this indoor skiing area and will manage it with Ski Dubai from Majid Al Futtaim. This indoor ski resort will be opened in late 2022.

Shanghai Wintastar indoor ski resort consists of three types of ski slopes with different gradients, including Olympic-grade slopes for training purposes, and more than 25 snow amusement projects. In addition to skiing experiences, Shanghai Wintastar is also an entertainment complex integrating a water park, shopping, retail, food and beverage outlets, various performances, exhibitions and events, and hotels. 

Together with Shanghai Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Haichang Polar Ocean World, and Shanghai Planetarium, Shanghai Wintastar will be a new tourism landmark in Shanghai.

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2. Lin'an Damingshan Wansongling Ski Resort (临安大明山滑雪场)

Lin'an Damingshan Wansongling Ski Resort

Lin'an Damingshan Wansongling Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in Eastern China. Located behind Daming Lake in the large Lin'an Daming Mountain Scenic Area, the ski resort is situated at a height of 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) above sea level. It is about 4½ hours' drive from Shanghai and 2½ hours from Hangzhou.

The ski resort consists of two major areas. The relaxation area extends out over some 10,000 square meters and is itself extensive. For those who want to enjoy the snow in other ways, the relaxation area affords the opportunity for such traditional pastimes as making snowmen and having snowball fights.

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 levels.

When natural snow is unavailable, the Lin'an Daming Mountain Ski Site is able to produce artificial snow generated by state-of-the-art equipment.

  • Open: mid-December to early March, 8 am to 6 pm
  • Site use (per hour): weekdays 150 yuan, weekends 220 yuan, national holidays 260 yuan
  • Equipment hire: ski suits, gloves, and goggles 10–30 yuan per hour.
  • Skiing instructor for groups of no more than five: 200 yuan per hour
  • Daming Mountain Scenic Area entry ticket (needed for access): 110 yuan per person (but earns 50 yuan off-site use)

Tour bus fees and cable cars may also necessitate additional expenses.

The most popular accommodation in the area is in farmhouses, often the only accommodation available. For your convenience, we could arrange this for you in advance should you wish to stay overnight. Why not see the scenic area as well as the skiing area? You have, after all, paid the entry fee.

Contact us to arrange a Daming Mountain skiing experience from Shanghai or Hangzhou.

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3. An'ji Jiangnan Tianchi Ski Site (安吉江南天池滑雪场)

Skiing at An'ji Jiangnan Tianchi Ski Site

At 900 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level, Anji Jiangnan Tianchi Ski Site is located in Jiangnan Tianchi Scenic area, set in the northern foothills of the Tianmu Mountains in Anji County, famous for its forests of bamboo. It is only 20 km (12 miles) from the urban area of Anji, 2½ hours' driving from Hangzhou, and 4 hours from Shanghai.

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. As one of the better-developed ski sites in the Yangtze Delta vicinity, it's one of the safest.

It offers other attractions, in particular a hot springs complex, perfect for relaxing after a pleasant day's skiing.

  • Open:  mid-December to early March, 8 am to 5 pm (day price), 5 to 8 pm (evening price)
  • Site use (per day): weekdays 150 yuan (day) or 220 yuan (evening), weekends 220 yuan (day) or 250 yuan (evening), national holidays 260 yuan
  • Jiangnan Tianchi Scenic Area entry ticket (needed for access): 50 yuan per person

Contact us to arrange an Anji Skiing experience and bamboo forest visit from Shanghai or Hangzhou, or let us tailor-make a popular tour plan for you.

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4. Ningbo Shangliang Ski Resort (宁波商量岗滑雪场)

Skiing at Ningbo Shangliang Ski Resort

The Ningbo Shangliang Ski site is some 900 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level on the highest peak in the area. It is 4 hours' driving from Shanghai or 2 hours from Ningbo City.

Skiing aside, the site is packed with freezing-weather activities. You may want to try skating, take a sleigh ride, watch an ice ballet or take advantage of some of the other activities available.

  • Open: mid-December to early February, 8 am to 4.30 pm
  • Weekday prices: 180 yuan for 1 hour, 260 yuan for 2 hours, 320 yuan for 3 hours, 400 yuan for a day ticket
  • Weekend prices: 220 yuan for 1 hour, 340 yuan for 2 hours, 390 yuan for 3 hours 450 yuan for a day ticket
  • National holiday prices: 250 yuan for 1 hour, 420 yuan for 2 hours, 420 yuan for 3 hours, 580 yuan for a day ticket
  • Equipment rental: 300 yuan for a pair of skis, 200 yuan for a ski suit, or 300 yuan to use your own equipment!
  • Locker: 100 yuan
  • Shangliang Gang Resort entry fee (needed for access): 65 yuan per person

Shangliang Hill (商量岗 or Xiangliang 相量岗, its popular name) is in Shangliang Gang Resort in the heart of the Siming Mountains (四明山). It is not far from Xikou Scenic Area and has other sites of interest nearby, most notably Xuedou Temple (雪窦寺, 7 km away) atop Xuedou Mountain.

Contact us for a skiing experience trip including a visit to Xuedou Temple or any other places that you are interested in. Our popular tour designs can be customized too.

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Our expert tour designers can arrange everything on your behalf, leaving you to get on with seeing the sights and skiing the slopes. To find out more, contact us.

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