Where Is The Skiing In Beijing Olympics? [Updated!]

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You have to hand it to the Chinese – they really do know how to put on a show.

On August 8th, the People’s Republic of China will celebrate the 68th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army with the Beijing Olympic Games. It will be the first time the country has hosted the event, and what a party they are throwing. The International Olympic Committee has ranked the 2022 games as the third most anticipated games in history, behind only the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and the 1920 Antwerp Games.

The games will feature a range of exhilarating sporting events, from ice hockey to archery, and there are sure to be lots of surprises in store. But none more so than the revelation that, contrary to popular belief, the mountains around Beijing do in fact ski. In fact, the city is home to some of the world’s best ski slopes. So if you’re looking for an adventure, this might be the place to be.

The History Of Skiing In Beijing

Although the history of skiing in Beijing is brief, it’s a history that’s studded with some incredible achievements. The winter sport was first introduced to the city in the 1950s, when a few adventurous souls ditched their city lives and headed to the mountains in search of snow. They quickly learnt how to ski, and the sport grew in popularity among the city’s elite. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that the first ski clubs were established, and it wasn’t until the following decade that the first ski runs were built.

It was at this point that the Winter Olympics arrived in Beijing, and boy, did they ever make the most of it. After a hiatus of more than a decade, the city was given another chance to host the event, and it definitely didn’t let anyone down. The China Pavilion at the Expo 2020 will no doubt serve as a reminder of how far the country has come in readiness for the 2022 games.

Why Is Skiing Popular In Beijing?

It’s quite a common misconception that Beijing is not a very mountainous city, and therefore does not offer any spectacular skiing experiences. The entire weight of this belief rests in the notion that the Chinese would not be able to spend enough time in the mountains to become good skiers. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While there are no mountains in the city proper, there are actually quite a few in the nearby suburbs. These are generally hidden beyond the city limits, but the occasional Chinese tour guide will be happy to take you on a short virtual tour to show you the best of Beijing’s skiing prospects.

Skiing is a very popular sport in Beijing for obvious reasons. The city has some of the best skiing facilities in the world, and the winter is long so there’s plenty of time for the city’s residents to enjoy the white stuff. The facilities are pretty much on a par with those of a top European ski resort, and there are plenty of beginners’ slopes, expert terrains, and freeride terrains to satisfy all types of skiers. This is one place you don’t want to miss if you’re a fan of the winter sport.

And did we mention that the air is fantastic up there? Thin and crisp, with a hint of salt in the air – ideal for drowning your sorrows after a tough day on the slopes. You’ll soon get the feeling that you’ve never really left the mountains.

Skiing And The Summer Olympics

While it’s true that the Winter Olympic Games are more popular, it’s important to remember that the summer Olympic Games are also a major event in China, and not just in the mountains. The coastlines of the country’s main cities are littered with beach resorts, some of which are arguably just as good as those in the French Riviera. Given that the summer is so warm, the beaches are perfect for relaxing holidays, especially as the water is usually calm enough to swim in. For the more adventurous vacationer, there are also tons of hiking trails and mountain ranges to be explored.

It’s hard to compare the two games when they’re held every four years, as it’s not like there’s another one coming up. However, if you add up all the years between the winter and summer games, you’ll get the total amount of time it takes to appreciate just how much the winter games mean to the city. And by the time the summer games come around, everyone will be itching to get back out on the slopes again.

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