The Top 12 China Ski Resorts

The Top 12 China Ski Resorts

By Candice SongUpdated Sep. 14, 2021

Skiing is the classic sport for snowy winters. The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games make us keenly expectant about China's skiing future. Glide freely through beautiful snowscapes with the wind singing and flakes of snow flying — you deserve a fun break this coming winter.

China ski resorts are mainly located in four areas: around Harbin, around Beijing, around Chengdu, and the remote north (Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang).

For experienced skiers, the resorts in Yabuli (Club Med), Zhangjiakou near Beijing (Genting, Thaiwoo, and Wanlong), and Changbaishan (Jilin Wanda Changbaishan International Ski Resort) are more recommended for their up-to-date facilities, friendly service, and large scale.  

For those who just want to have some skiing fun and sightseeing nearby, you can consider the resorts around Beijing, Chengdu, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang. The facilities and services in these areas are more suitable for beginners.

Map for China Ski Resorts

How to Choose Your Ideal Ski Resort

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced, skier or snowboarder, you can find a ski resort that will satisfy you. Besides skiing, there are many other winter sports and activities available as well in and around each resort to enrich your fun experience, like hot springs and theme parks.

We've covered them by region first, then in more detail in the same order further below, so that you can easily find what you're interested in.

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Harbin — excellent skiing + top winter attractions

If you plan to experience the ice festival in Harbin this winter, we suggest extending by 2–4 days to have fun in Yabuli Ski Resort, Jilin Wanda Changbaishan International Ski Resort or Beidahu Ski Resort (Jilin). The snow in these resorts is natural and you can enjoy great fun in a world of ice and snow.

  • 1. Harbin Yabuli Ski Resort — largest and best ski resort in China, only Club Med's service is recommended
  • 2. Jilin Wanda Changbaishan International Ski Resort — skiing, hot springs, and phenomenal Changbaishan snow scenery
  • 3. Beidahu Ski Resort (Jilin)— great snow quality: "a kingdom of powder snow"

Beijing — most sights, top resorts, 2022 Winter Olympic venues

If you work around Beijing and would like to ski nearby for a short break, Nanshan Ski Resort and Huaibei Ski Resort are good options.

  • 4. Beijing Nanshan Ski Resort — largest ski resort close to Beijing
  • 5. Beijing Huaibei Ski Resort — a white kingdom at the foot of the Great Wall

If you wish to experience skiing in one of the 2022 Winter Olympics competition clusters, consider Zhangjiakou Genting Ski Resort, Zhangjiakou Thaiwoo Ski Resort or Zhangjiakou Wanlong Ski Resort. They're all located in Chongli District in Zhangjiakou Prefecture, Hebei Province.

Getting to Chongli Resorts from Beijing: A high-speed train could transport you from Beijing (Qinghe Station) to Zhangjiakou in 1 hour (excluding train station check-in time). We can also arrange private transfers (about 3 hours), which could be quicker all told, as well as easier.

  • 6. Zhangjiakou Genting Ski Resort — huge resort, great for all levels
  • 7. Zhangjiakou Thaiwoo Ski Resort — a skiing town, best hotels, and training
  • 8. Zhangjiakou Wanlong Ski Resort — quieter, best for experienced skiers

For more Beijing options see The Top Ski Resorts around Beijing.

Chengdu — stunning scenery, many attractions, good resorts

If you work in Sichuan and don't want to travel far, consider Chengdu Bipenggou Ski Resort and Xiling Ski Resort. Bipenggou is 3½ hours by car from Chengdu and Xiling takes around 2 hours.

Of course, there's much more to attract you to Chengdu than just the skiing: pandas, glacier hikes, Sichuan food and culture...

  • 9. Chengdu Xiling Ski Resort — nearest ski resort from Chengdu
  • 10. Chengdu Bipenggou Ski Resort — less known thus less crowded

The Remote North — quiet snowy vistas, skiing escapes

Want to be far from most travelers? No problem. Tianshan International Ski Resort in Xinjiang and Alshan Ski Resort in Inner Mongolia will welcome you with their professional equipment and friendly smiles.

  • 11. Inner Mongolia Alshan Ski Resort — Ice & Snow Festival in December
  • 12. Xinjiang Tianshan International Ski Resort — ski paradise near Urumqi

1. Harbin Yabuli Ski Resort

  • Features: largest and best ski resort in China
  • Location: 1½ hours by train or 3 hours by car from Harbin
  • Skiing season: mid-November – late March
  • Trail vertical drop: 200–1,200 m, average 700 m
  • Skiing market: suitable for all, particularly experienced skiers

Yabuli Ski Resort is the oldest ski resort and the largest comprehensive snow sports training center in China. Because it is near Harbin, you can combine skiing and attending Harbin's Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (the world's biggest winter festival).

Yabuli Ski Resort is also about 2 hours' drive from the fairytale world of China Snow Town. China Snow Town was once just called ‘Shuangfeng Forest Farm, Hailin City'. About 280 km from Harbin, in this area the snow falls early, from October each year, and the snowy period is long — more than 7 months. It is a desirable winter destination, with the heaviest snow and most (non-sport) snow activities in China.

In Yabuli, only Club Med's resort service is recommended, as others are very crowded, with comparatively older equipment and smaller size.

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2. Jilin Wanda Changbaishan International Ski Resort

Raft in Changbaishan
  • Features: like a snow theme park, well-designed for winter relaxation, high-end 5-star hotel options, crater-shaped topography, sheltered from the wind, a maze of trails
  • Location: Changbai Mountain Nature Reserve; 30 minutes from Baishan Changbaishan Airport (NBS)
  • Skiing season: mid-November – April
  • Skiing market: suitable for all 

"Changbai Mountain International Ski Resort is the best new ski resort in the world!", said Henri Giscard d'Estaing, the CEO of Club Med. 

Designed by Ecosign, a Canadian company which also designed Winter Olympics  venues five times, Changbai Mountain International Ski Resort is the only volcano ski resort in China. It has a total of 43 ski trails: 9 high-level, 14 intermediate, and 20 beginner trails. It can accommodate 8,000 skiers at the same time.

You can take cable cars to reach the piste tops easily. At sunset, take a seat and enjoy a cup of coffee on top of the mountain.

Why this ski resort?

  • Besides skiing, you can admire the amazing winter snow scenery in Changbai Mountain Nature Reserve. Changbaishan is the only place in China offering raft rides on a hot spring river with gorgeous rime on both sides. Don't be afraid of getting wet. The water will freeze immediately after falling on the rubber boat!
  • Far from Harbin, it is less crowded than Yabuli.
  • If you have a one-week holiday, you can have a driving journey from Harbin to Changbaishan, passing through China Snow Town (a magical snow fairyland) and Jinpo Lake (watching local-style winter fishing).  

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3. Beidahu Ski Resort (Jilin)

Rime in Jilin
  • Features: longest trail vertical drop in Asia (930 meters); best snow quality — called "a kingdom of powder snow"; training center for national ski sports because of its high-level equipment
  • Location: 2 hours by car from Changchun Longjia International Airport (CGQ); 1½ hours by car from Jilin Railway Station (吉林站)

Why this ski resort?

  • High-level snow quality and high-level facilities for the national skiing team
  • Established professional service — it successfully held the 8th, 9th, and 12th National Winter Games
  • A comparatively warm base surrounded by mountains in three directions
  • Enjoy amazing rime on top of the mountain.

Tips: If skiing is your main interest, then choose this place. Otherwise we would recommend Yabuli or Changbaishan for more varied tour experiences. Contact us if you need any help with a Beidahu trip.

4. Beijing Nanshan Ski Resort

Ski Sites
  • Features: largest ski resort close to Beijing, family-friendly
  • Location: 1½ hours' driving from downtown Beijing
  • Skiing season: mid-December – March
  • Trails: 21
  • Skiing market: suitable for all, especially for beginners

Why this ski resort?

  • The perfect daytrip destination for visitors and residents of Beijing
  • Family-friendly: separate beginners teaching area and special road for children's snowmobiles
  • On the way to the resort, you can visit the Mutianyu Great Wall section — our most recommended Great Wall section. And you can also relax in Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort after skiing, with countless indoor and outdoor hot spring pools of various sizes and temperatures.

Contact us to get more useful suggestions about travel in Beijing with families or to customize a Beijing skiing and hot spring trip.

5. Beijing Huaibei Ski Resort

The Great Wall
  • Features: surrounded by Mutianyu's Great Wall
  • Location: 1 hour from downtown Beijing
  • Skiing season: December – March
  • Lifts: 4
  • Trails: 4 beginner tracks, 1 intermediate track, and 2 advanced tracks
  • Skiing market: mostly for beginners

Why Huaibei Ski Resort?

  • The only ski resort surrounded by the Great Wall, it's considered to be "the most beautiful ski resort in Beijing". You can see the Mutianyu Great Wall — the most child-friendly Great Wall section, while on a skiing trip.
  • Thanks to its location in Jiugukou Natural Scenic Area's beautiful mountains and valleys, in addition to skiing, you can do rock climbing, camping, and Great Wall hiking from the resort. It is a resort for all seasons.

6. Zhangjiakou Genting Ski Resort

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  • Features: one of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games venues
  • Location: about 55 km from Zhangjiakou city; about 220 km (2½ hours) from Beijing
  • Skiing season: late November – late March
  • Skiing market: suitable for skiers of every level

The ski resort is planned to have 88 ski slopes, 70 km in total length. Last winter (2019/20), there were 41 ski trails open, including 13 advanced pistes, 20 intermediate trails, 2 beginner slopes, and 6 wild trails and snow parks. 

Why Genting Ski Resort?

  • You can close to and watch how the national skiing team is trained.
  • Enjoy new and high-level facilities — up to Olympic standards.

7. Zhangjiakou Thaiwoo Ski Resort

Zhangjiakou Thaiwoo Ski Resort
  • Features: one of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games venues
  • Location: 1.4 km from Zhangjiakou Railway Station (nearest); 3 hours' drive from Beijing
  • Skiing market: suitable for skiers of every level

Why Thaiwoo Ski Resort?

  • Besides skiing, it is rich in options for foods, entertainments, accommodations, etc. providing a great atmosphere for family gatherings and team building.
  • The newest and the best cable car in all venues in Zhangjiakou
  • Most options for high-end hotels — it's a town of ski resorts
  • A skiing school under the Switzerland system provides professional ski training courses.
  • The night view in Thaiwoo is amazing.

Tips: Thaiwoo Ski Resort is at the draught, thus the wind there is comparatively stronger than other places.

8. Zhangjiakou Wanlong Ski Resort 

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  • Features: best snow quality and earliest big ski resort in Zhangjiakou; one of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games venues
  • Location: around 80 minutes by car from Zhangjiakou Railway Station

Wanlong Ski Resort has been concentrating on providing a pro-level skiing experience. There are only a few primary slopes, thus it is not so recommended for beginners. If you're an advanced skier, Wanlong is a great option.

We have specially designed our 6-Day Beijing Winter Tour with Skiing for those who would like to discover Beijing with winter's charm and ski in a 2022 Olympic Winter Games venue. Thaiwoo can be swapped for another resort. Enjoy limitless customization with us.

9. Chengdu Xiling Ski Resort

  • Features: China's best lofty-mountain ski resort
  • Location: ‘Xiling Snow Mountain', 2 hours' driving from Chengdu
  • Skiing season: Mid-December to March
  • Trails: 10 km total
  • Skiing market: suitable for all

Featuring the highest snow-capped peak near Chengdu, the Xiling Snow Mountain area is praised as the Oriental Alps. There are 10 world-standard snow trails and more than 20 snow entertainment activities in the resort. It is a big snow playground and a good place for skiing.

Besides a natural skiing resort, the Xiling Snow Mountain area is a good habitat for giant pandas with dense bamboo forest. Chengdu is the hometown of giant pandas with many nearby panda bases, so you should not a miss panda encounter during a Chengdu vacation. See our suggested panda tours. They can all be customized to include skiing.

Tips: Being one of the best resorts and the nearest big ski resort to Chengdu, Xiling Ski Resort has become more and more crowded. Waiting in a queue for 1–2 hours in peak times like weekends is common. If you don't mind taking a 3-hour car ride from Chengdu, we recommend Bipenggou Ski Resort for less crowding and its wonderful hot spring.

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10. Chengdu Bipenggou Ski Resort

Hot spring in Guer Gou
  • Features: amazing alpine views and hot spring experience
  • Location: Li County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture; 3½ hours by car from Chengdu
  • Skiing season: mid-December – mid-March
  • Skiing market: Beginners and intermediate skiers

Why Bipenggou Ski Resort?

  • The most beautiful ski resort near Chengdu: virgin forests, wetland meadows, plateau lakes, snow-capped mountains, and prehistoric glaciers
  • Thicker snow than that in Xiling Ski Resort
  • The resort is divided into an adult area and a children's area. In addition to skiing, snowmobiles, snowboards, sleds, and other snow activities are possible in the resort.
  • Wonderful hot spring: Near Bipenggou Ski Resort is Namu Lake. Namu Lake Hot Spring Hotel is just opposite. After skiing, you can relax yourself in the outdoor hot spring pools and look out on the beautiful snowy mountains.
  • Besides skiing and natural beauty, you can get acquainted with the area's unique Tibetan and Qiang minority culture in the villages along the way.

Though the service and experience in Bipenggou is good, it has only one slope, which is mainly for fun, not for professional training.

If you come for a pre-ski-season visit, Bipenggou Valley is also a good place to see the red leaves in autumn (September to October).

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11. Inner Mongolia Alshan Ski Resort

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  • Features: seamlessly connecting with the hot spring area
  • Location: Alshan Prefecture, Inner Mongolia; 27 km from Arxan Yi'ershi Airport
  • Skiing season: late November – early April
  • Skiing market: suitable for skiers of every level

Embraced by mountains and primary forests, Alshan Ski Resort is on the China/ Mongolia border in Inner Mongolia. The nearest airport to the ski resort is Arxan Yi'ershi Airport, about 27 km away, with direct flights from Beijing, Harbin, and Hohhot.

Alshan Ski Resort is a large multi-functional snow sports playground, consisting of two parts: the West Hill Skiing Competition and Training Ground and the East Hill Skiing Area, which is just for fun activities. The snow trails are seamlessly connected with the hot spring area, offering a perfect blend of cold and hot experiences. 

The annual Alshan Ice and Snow Festival is held in Alshan City around the middle of December. Contact us for an "ice and fire" trip.

Within 5 hours' driving from Alshan, you can reach Hulunbuir where the Winter Naadam (the Ice and Snow Naadam) is held. In 2020, it is from December 23rd to 26th. If you have a week-long holiday around Christmas, attending Winter Naadam to be close to the primitive nomadic people in Inner Mongolia will be an unforgettable experience.

12. Xinjiang Tianshan International Ski Resort

  • Features: a very picturesque setting; best and largest ski resort near Urumqi
  • Location: 90 km (1½ hours) from Urumqi
  • Skiing season: December–March
  • Skiing market: suitable for all

Tianshan (‘Heavenly Mountain') International Ski Resort is located at the foot of the famous Heavenly Lake Scenic Area. Featuring the biggest ski equipment hall in China, covering an area of 21,000 square meters (226,000 sq ft), Tianshan International Ski Resort is the largest resort in Xinjiang Province.

With a total length of 4.4 km, the three independent ski trails extend down the Tianshan Mountains, which is one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in China. Its Track 1 is 1.8 km long, the longest professional ski track in Xinjiang.

The snowboard halfpipe in the resort is Xinjiang's only snow track certified by the International Snow Federation, and it is also one of the most visually pleasing snowboard halfpipes in the world. In addition, the ski resort offers freestyle jumping, alpine skiing, horse riding, and other interesting snow sports and activities.

A one-day skiing experience based out of Urumqi is no problem if you only want a short trip. Contact us for more.

Xinjiang is a good destination for a winter snow trip. If you would not be satisfied with only the fun in the beautiful ski resort, Kanas, a place like an ink painting, will satisfy your senses with wonder. Let us tailor a Xinjiang trip for you.

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