Places to Ski in and around Chengdu
Whilst it’s very unlikely any of us will be hitting the slopes of Aspen, Courchevel, or Zermatt this year, there are decent ski resorts in China, and some of them are closer than you’d think.
The facilities and equipment may not rival European or North American resorts, and the après-ski will likely leave you wanting, but many of them have hot springs near by, and are lots of fun. We’re lucky enough in Sichuan to be near Taiziling, with other good slopes near Harbin, or Beijing in the North East.
Here are places to hit the slopes, not too far from Chengdu:
Taiziling Ski Resort
Taiziling Ski resort is known to have the best ski facilities near Chengdu and is around 3 hours drive from the city centre.
Taizi Ridge Ski Resort, Jiuding Mountain Scenic Spot, Maoxian County
Weekends and Holidays: 8:30am-6pm
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Jiudingshan Taiziling Ski Resort is located in Wenchuan County in Sichuan Aba, within Jiuding Mountain Qinglong Ping.
It is 2750 meters above sea level, and has a 4.2 km ski trails, skiers can accommodate 5,000 passengers daily.
Getting to Mount Jiuding
You can rent a car or take their resort shuttle or a regular bus to get there. The shuttle is from South Railway Station Exit E (7 am) or Culture Palace Exit D1 (7:20 am), round day trip tickets are 108 RMB.
The bus leaves from Chadianzi Bus Station 茶店子汽车站 to Maoxian every hour and a half from 7am daily. The tickets are 62RMB. The Mini-Program offers alternative transportation options. The bus will drop you at a petrol station at the bottom of Jiuding Shan 九鼎山. Then taxis or minivans will be waiting to take you to the top of the mountain for about 40 RMB per person. Near the top of the mountain, you have to buy a mountain pass which costs 70RMB. Student passes are 35RMB.
199 RMB for 1 day (booking on Taobao.com / Ctrip.com in advance)
298 RMB for 1 day (purchased on the day).
When you purchase the ticket, you can buy a day insurance for 10RMB.
Ski and snowboard rental is included in the price of your ski-lift ticket.
A deposit of 800RMB is required and will cover any damage of rental equipment. 20RMB is charged for helmet hire, and helmets are mandatory if you want to ride the main chairlift.
Additional to renting helmets, you can also rent salopettes and ski jackets.
Best time to go
The best snowfall occurs from November to March and Mount Jiuding usually has approximately 80cm of snow.
TaiziLing ski resort Mini-Program
Emei Mountain Leidongping Ski Resort
Sichuan’s oldest ski resort in Leidongping park is a well equipped resort with lots of facilities whether you are a beginner or a professional. The ski resort can get very busy, especially during holidays. The resort has an altitude of 2500m and covers ski fields of almost 10 kilometers.
There are three levels of slopes and 3 snowboard trails, with heights of up to 120 meters.
By train – You can take a train from South Railway Station 火车南站 to Emei Train Station 峨嵋山站 which will take approximately 2 – 3 hours and costs 25RMB. The first and last train departs at 7:17am and 18:53pm respectively.
High-speed train from Chengdu East Railway Station 成都东站 takes just one hour and costs 65RMB. From Emei Train Station, you can take a taxi to Mount Emei Scenic Spot. This will take approximately 15 minutes and cost you around 20RMB.
By bus – There are many buses from Chengdu North Railway Bus Station to Mount Emei Juizhu Long Distance Passengers Transportation Centre.
Because of the proximity of Emei’s ski resort to nearby tourist spots, there are countless hotels and hostels available to book on trip.com and other booking websites.
Access to the mountain is 166RMB per person. Skiing is then priced 120RMB per hour including skis.
Helmets, boots and other gear can also all be rented.
Best time to go
Between October to March there is usually snow fall up to 100cm. It is open 9am – 5.30pm daily.
Zhegu Mountain ski park
This ski resort is located in Zhegushan Nature Park, with an altitude of 3000-4000 and 98km away from Bipenggou Ski Resort. Around early November every year, Zhegushan Ski Resort will officially open to travelers. Compared to most ski resorts in Sichuan, the place is larger and equipped with new equipment. Three different heights of ski tracks are provided here.
Zhegu Mountain, Miyaro Town, Li County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
By car – if you drive from Chengdu to Zhegu Mountain，take high way will be about 4hours.
By bus – The bus leaves from Chadianzi Bus Station 茶店子汽车站 to Xuecheng 薛城 every hour and a half from 7:20am daily. The tickets are 57-62RMB.
Access to the mountain from 49 to 490RMBper person.
You can also check out some discounts on Dianping before you go.
Best time to go
Between October to March there is usually snowfall up to 100cm.
It is open 8.30 am – 6.00 pm daily.
Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort
There are mixed reviews about the snow coverage in Xiling Snow Mountain, so be sure to call ahead and check conditions before you travel.
Some have remarked this resort is more like an amusement park with snow, than a place with serious ski Trails. Along side more traditional skiing you can also rent snowmobiles, sledges and Play winter games.
Back mountain of Xiling Snow Mountain, Dayi County, Chengdu City
Tel.: 400-028-9695, 028-88309080
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Buses run from Xinnanmen Bus Station 新南门车站, Chadianzi Bus Station 茶店子车站 and East City Bus station 成都东客站 to Xiling XueShan and take two to three Hours.
From 120RMB including whole-day skiing, snowboarding, shoes, stick and basic gears. Ski clothes rental begins from 50RMB per garment. There is no need to book ahead as they have 2000 sets of skis and a fleet of 35-40 snowmobiles.
Best Time To Go
There is 60-80cm of snow between December and March, and the opening hours are 9:00am – 17:00pm.
There are some night skiing options between 19:30am and 21:30pm if you don’t mind braving the dark.
There other options for skiing and other snow sports in Sichuan, such as Guangyuan Zengjia Mountain 广元曾家山滑雪场, Aba Bi Peng Gou 毕棚沟, Dujiangyan Longchi Forest Park 龙池国家森林公园, although the facilities aren’t as good as those mentioned above. What is a good option if you are looking to hit the slopes is catching the fast train to Xi’an for the weekend, where they have a some good ski resorts such as Cui Hua Mountain Ski Resort..
If you’re looking to hit the slopes in the city, this is an option in Chengdu:
Chengdu Sunac Snow Park
Chengdu Sunac Snow Park has a total area of about 80,800 square meters and is the world’s largest indoor ski resort. There are six different levels of ski trails and two terrain parks here and can receive 5000 people skiing each day.
Relatively close to Chengdu, with various entertainment activities and shows make it a very popular place for a group of friends and families to go.
Intersection of Waijiang bridge and Qingchengshan Avenue in Dujiangyan City
Sunac Water Park: 150RMB
Sunac Snow World: 180RMB
Jinjiang District, Mojiang Road No. 90 锦江区墨香路90号
Jinniu District, Wukuai Shixi Rd, Longhu North Mall 3F 金牛区五块石西路龙湖北城天街南馆三层
Tickets: From 98RMB per class (using Dianping vouchers)
Xindu JF Dry Slope Skiing
Xindu Jianfeng Dry Skiing Ground is located in Majia Town, Xindu District. This skiing ground covers an astounding area which people can ski in year-round. It covers a staggering 40,000 square meters with the skiing track being about 15,000 square meters.
There’s 10+ Dry Ski Slopes to choose from, with varying levels of difficulty ranging from the very basic slope for beginners through intermediate and advanced. They even have two slopes with a big jump where a professional can do tricks.
Opposite to Beixin Xiaoqu, Chengde Avenue. 成德大道北星小区斜对面
Opening Times: Two Sessions from Monday to Sunday: 13:30-17:30, 18:30-22:30
Price: 120RMB / person / session