AS PROMISED! Here’s a write-up about my ski experience in Beijing, China.
Where did you ski?
Nanshan Ski Resort
Nanshan Ski Resort, commonly known as Nanshan Ski Village, got its name from “Nanshan” the “South Mountain” of Miyun district. The ski resort is perched on the northern slope of the south mountain.
It is located in Miyun County, about 80 kilometers, northeast of Beijing. Nanshan Ski Resort is one of the largest and most beautiful ski resorts in Beijing.
The drive route from downtown Beijing to Nanshan Ski Village is scattered with some interesting sights including Chunhuiyuan Hotspring Resort, Mutianyu Great Wall, Chateau Changyu AFIP Global Beijing and Yunmengshan Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall.
How do I get there?
You can either choose to ride the public transport, book their ski shuttle coach or drive your own car.
- Public Transport – Take No. 980 bus at Dongzhimen Bus Terminal and get off at West Bridge in Miyun. Then take a local taxi to Nanshan Ski village and pay around RMB20 per car.
- Ski Shuttle Coach – Shuttle coaches depart at 8:30am from two stops: Sanyuan Bridge and Wudaokou Subway. Return fares cost around RMB 40 per person and book your seats one day in advance.
- Self-Driving – Drive along Jingcheng Expressway and exit from Exit No.16 (Miyun Downtown Exit), then go straight, follow the sign to Nanshan Ski Village
Who can ski at Nanshan Ski Village?
Nanshan Ski Village is for the young and middle class skiers. No need to worry if it’s your first time, they have beginner slopes ready for you. Unlike other ski resorts, you will not feel intimidated by other skiers. The resort is not really crowded so you’ll have plenty of time to learn and enjoy the slopes.
Nanshan Ski Resort has 21 trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. It also has the famous Nanshan Mellow Park, the first Mogul’s advanced train in China, and Off Piste/Tree Run, a seasonal Toboggan run (1318m long) which was imported from Germany.
Nanshan Ski and Snowboard Ski School is located inside the Nanshan Ski Service Center also known as the Ski Rental Building. The school has over 100 licensed instructors who can offer customized ski programs. Whenever you have skied before or you want to sharpen your skiing skill, you can find a program which will suit you best.
What outfit will suit the activity?
Ski jackets and pants, of course! If you are not able to bring any of these, you can rent ski suits and gears from the resort.
The ski ticket office is adjacent to the main building of the ski resort – Nanshan Ski Service Center provides ski equipment rental for individuals including ski boots, ski suits, skis, snowboards and lockers for your personal belongings.
Check their website to know their rental fees.
If you’re not skiing, a nice jacket to keep you warm will suffice, gloves and bonnet too!
Are there activities for the non-skiers?
For kids and non-skiers, Nanshan Ski Resort has much to offer including snow tubes, sledding, and children’s snowmobiles. It also has a DIY children’s playground.
You can just buy an entrance ticket and see or participate the snow activities in the ski resort or enjoy the surrounding snow view over your coffee or tea at the cafe or snack restaurants.
What time does the ski resort open?
The resort opens daily.
For more information about Nanshan Ski Village, click here.
How was your ski experience?
At first we were so convinced of not getting a coach. Good thing we did. We didn’t even know how to put on the skis on our own. (Shame)
The coaches will teach you the basics but you’re on your own when you glide down the slopes. My friends were assisted during their first try down the slope, I wasn’t (not sure if that was a good thing or something). No need to worry because you’ll start gliding down the beginner slope. It’s really not that steep, you will do just fine for sure.
Skiing is not really that hard to learn if you’ve tried skating or doing any activity involving your balance. At least you’ll get the idea of how it will go.
All in all, my ski experience was SUPERB! I would definitely do it again if given the chance to visit another ski resort. It is something I would want to do over and over again.