The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China. You might think that there aren’t any ski resorts in China, but you’d be mistaken. Although the country doesn’t get a lot of snow, it does have a couple of excellent ski resorts. One of which is called Daying Mountain. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s probably because it doesn’t usually register on any radar when it comes to major ski towns. In fact, if you’re reading this, it’s most likely you are either a) a Beijing native or b) have visited the city during the 2022 Winter Olympics. So without further ado, let’s take a look at where to ski in China in 2022.
We’ll start off in Beijing, China, which is the capital city of the country. In the winter, the climate is mostly cold and dry, which makes for great skiiing weather. In fact, Beijing is most famous for its skiing, with the city hosting the National Ski Championship every year. If you’d like to experience some quality snowboarding, you can travel to the nearby town of Daxu, which is a hub for this winter sport. Luckily for you, we’ve collected all the details you need for your 2022 ski trip to China in our handbook, which you can download for free here.
One of the best things about Beijing is that the city is well-connected by rail. If you arrive by train, you can get a ride to the nearby town of Zhangjinji, which has a 30-ride pass that can be purchased for 15 yuan (US$2.40). There, you can ride the gondola to get a bird’s-eye view of the entire resort. This gondola ride alone is worth the price of the pass! Once you’ve purchased your pass, you can leave the station and head straight for the slopes. Due to the high altitude, the air is nice and thin, which makes for easy breathing. If you want to keep your snowboard skills intact, make sure you bring your own equipment, as there are no shops at the resort. Last but not least, make sure to bring your ski goggles and sunglasses, as the sun can be extremely harsh. You might also want to bring some sunscreen and swimwear for the weekends, as the temperature can plunge to as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit (about -15 degrees Celsius).
Shanghai Huang Shan Resort
Moving on to Shanghai, we have the Shanghai Huang Shan Resort. This is a larger resort, which means more options for you as a skier or a snowboarder. Like most Chinese ski resorts, the climate is harsh, but the landscape is magnificent. One of the best things about the resort is that it’s very well connected to the rest of the country by rail. If you can get a ticket for the gondola ride to the top of the mountain, make sure to do so, as the view from there is exceptional. It’s a must for anyone who wants to take a good look at China’s magnificent territory. Another good point about this ski resort is that due to its size, there are a lot of trees, which provide enough shade to prevent the heat from being extremely taxing. Last but not least, make sure to bring your own equipment with you, as there are no shops at the resort. This way, you’ll ensure that you’ll always be able to ski, even if there are no shops or restaurants open. It’s advisable to arrive early, as the resort closes at 5 pm in the winter and 8 pm in the summer. Make sure to pack your valuables in your hotel safe, as there are a lot of burglaries in the area. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and sneakers, as there are no lifts at the resort for evening use. Therefore, it’s best to walk or bike down the mountain to get back to the town. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent sunset, while also avoiding the evening chill. You’ll need a bike helmet, of course. In case you’re wondering, you can buy ski equipment in Shanghai at great prices, as the economy there is very active in terms of tourism. Plus, a lot of the shops there are open all night, so that you can get your hands on last-minute items. Lastly, make sure to check the weather in Shanghai before setting out on a skiing trip, as the winter season is very unpredictable. If you do decide to go, be sure to bring multiple sets of clothing, as the temperature can drop to as low as 20 F (-7.8 C), which isn’t very pleasant.
Chile: Backcountry Heaven
Next let’s head to Chile, which is actually a country located in the southern part of South America. The longest continental ski run in the world is also located in Chile, and the country is well-known for its backcountry terrain. There is also a lot of hiking available, as well as off-piste skiing in higher elevations, which is why Chile is commonly referred to as “Backcountry Heaven”. The climate is extreme, and the temperature can reach up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (about 21 degrees Celsius) during the day, which makes for great skiing. As you’d imagine, the Andes Mountain is the dominant feature of the country, and the longest ski run is located within it. There are 11 peaks over 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) high, which is higher than many of the European mountains. The largest ski resort is Chile’s Valle Nevado, and the second largest is Cerro Cathedral, both of which are in Santiago. If you visit both, you’ll be able to get a good feel for Chile’s incredible backcountry. The last major resort in the country is Portillo, located close to the Argentina border. While Argentina is populated by mainly native English speakers, Chile is home to a large number of bilingual people, which ensures excellent tourist attractions. This region of the world is rich in biodiversity, so make sure to bring your cameras to take some beautiful snaps of the forests, lakes, and volcanoes.
Argentina: Snowboarders’ Paradise
Argentina is located in the southern part of South America, and it’s one of the world’s largest continental shelves. If you’re a snowboarder, there are a lot of resorts to choose from in Argentina. There are actually more than 100 ski resorts scattered around the picturesque Lake Titicaca, which is located in the Andes Mountain. There are also a couple smaller resorts located in the Lakes District, close to the border with Chile. The largest ski resort is Cerro Cathedral, which is actually two mountains, Cathedral and Monte Grande, connected by a freeride slope. The area was completely rebuilt for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and it now features expertly crafted lifts and breathtaking panoramic views. If you visit Cerro Cathedral during the day, you’ll witness a sight that will make your heart stop. The resort’s snowboarders successfully defend the title of “World’s Greatest Snowboarders’ Paradise” against rival resorts, and it’s easy to see why. The Argentines are incredibly proud of their snowboarding culture, and the resort’s website is actually in Spanish, so that all the world knows how great they are.
Many Argentines, especially the older generations, remember the “Santa Claus” effect that the skiing had on the country. It was first introduced in the 1950s, and although it was initially seen as a bit of a gimmick, it quickly became popular. There are still people who actively look for the Santa Claus effect in destinations around the world, and it is still possible to find a “miracle” Christmas tree at the top of some Swiss Alps glaciers. These days, however, it’s more common for Argentines to travel to resorts in Chile or Brazil for their winter holiday. The economy in Argentina is dominated by agriculture, with cattle being a particularly important product. So if you’re looking to bring your dog with you on a skiing trip to Argentina, make sure to take them food and water stations well-intended, as there are a lot of hungry cattle wandering around the area.