Winter is well and truly upon us and Beijing’s skiers are celebrating. It’s that time of year when we don our salopettes and head to the hills for one of the world’s most popular winter sports.
Happy skiing! Duolemeidi Ski Resort Located 220km north of Beijing in Hebei Province, Duolemeidi Ski Resort offers eight runs (each named after an Italian city) for skiers of all levels. Lessons are taught by experienced Chinese instructors and former coaches of the Italian national skiing team (reservations required, classes are 2,000RMB a day). Skiing aside, the resort boasts China’s first high-speed wind proof chair lift that can transport six skiers at up to five metres a second. The European-esque resort, which happens to be backed by foreign investors, also earns points for its range of restaurants, including a bistro at the bottom of the slope serving Italian coffees and pizzas. The resort also offers professional ski equipment maintanence.
Weekday three-hour pass140RMB; weekends and public holidays 160-220RMB.
Season card 4,980RMB; ten weekday card 1,180; ten-day weekend card 1,980RMB (days can be spread out across the season).
Ski equipment rental 120RMB (weekdays);
weekends and public holidays 140-190RMB.
Snowboard coaching from 320RMB per person for two hours; ski coaching from 180RMB for one hour.
Head out on the Badaling Highway, which will turn into the Zhangcheng Expressway. Take the Chongli South exit and continue for a further 15km. The toll charge for cars from Beijing to Zhangjiakou costs 75RMB. Detailed maps are available on the Duolemeidi website.