Great Wall Ski Ridge
Great Wall Ski Ridge
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Peng Boon T
By Peng Boon T
Affordable but difficult to get there
3.0 of 5 bubblesNov 2011
Our group of 5 children (ages 4 to 9) and 4 adults (including 2 seniors) went to ski at Great Wall Ridge Ski Resort in late November 2011. It is about 320 km northwest of Beijing. You can take bus or train to Zhangjiakou (in Hebei Province), then arrange for transport to Chongli town and then to the ski resort. As it was early in the ski season, the Advanced Ski Slope was yet not opened. It was being prepared for opening that coming weekend. The Intermediate Ski Slope (not steep but had a good run of 900m) and the Beginner’s Ski Slope (which was rather gentle) were opened when we were there. The Beginner’s Ski Slope was served by a travellator (a moving platform called “Magic Carpet” at ski resorts in China) while a 2-person chairlift system served the Intermediate Ski Slope. Another 2-person chairlift system (starting from the top of the Intermediate Ski Slope) served the Advanced Ski Slope. We skied there for 4 full days, mostly at the Intermediate Ski Slope. Ski lessons were affordable. On the first day we skied there, it was very cold because of strong wind. Fortunately the weather improved after that. On the whole we enjoyed our skiing there. As there were few skiers there on weekdays, the draglifts (tow-bars) at the Beginner’s Ski Slope was closed. I understand that this ski resort gets very crowded during weekends (and I presume also during holidays) but very few skiers during weekdays. We stayed at the ski resort’s hotel which was very close to the 2 restaurants and the ski equipment building. The hotel rooms were heated by a central heating system. In 2 of the 3 room we stayed in, the hot water was not hot enough. The TV in one of the 3 rooms could not work. On the whole, the hotel rooms were satisfactory. Choices of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner were rather limited. You can either use your credit card or cash for deposit to rent ski equipment. However, as in other ski resorts in China, if you use your credit card for deposit, you have to leave it at the ticketing office until you returned the ski equipment.. Of the 3 ski resorts we had skied in China, we found that • Nanshan was easiest to get to and it was a great place to learn to ski; however its accommodation was basic and the path between Shirton Inn and the ski building was slippery when covered with trampled snow. • Xiling had nicer hotels but our skiing experience was marred by the management’s and workers’ unfriendly attitude: prevented our coach to get to the lower cable car station for no good reasons, forcing us to lug our luggage some distance up the slope from the coach to the lower cable car station; the driver of the free bus service at the upper cable car station refused to come to the cable car station until we gave him Rmb50; and the workers at the ski resort were reluctant to rent out ski equipment to children 5 yrs and younger. • Great Wall Ridge was the most affordable; its hotel, restaurants and ski equipment building were located next to each other; but it was difficult to get to get there from Beijing.

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Peng Boon T
Singapore, Singapore2,316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011
Our group of 5 children (ages 4 to 9) and 4 adults (including 2 seniors) went to ski at Great Wall Ridge Ski Resort in late November 2011. It is about 320 km northwest of Beijing. You can take bus or train to Zhangjiakou (in Hebei Province), then arrange for transport to Chongli town and then to the ski resort.

As it was early in the ski season, the Advanced Ski Slope was yet not opened. It was being prepared for opening that coming weekend. The Intermediate Ski Slope (not steep but had a good run of 900m) and the Beginner’s Ski Slope (which was rather gentle) were opened when we were there. The Beginner’s Ski Slope was served by a travellator (a moving platform called “Magic Carpet” at ski resorts in China) while a 2-person chairlift system served the Intermediate Ski Slope. Another 2-person chairlift system (starting from the top of the Intermediate Ski Slope) served the Advanced Ski Slope.

We skied there for 4 full days, mostly at the Intermediate Ski Slope. Ski lessons were affordable. On the first day we skied there, it was very cold because of strong wind. Fortunately the weather improved after that. On the whole we enjoyed our skiing there.

As there were few skiers there on weekdays, the draglifts (tow-bars) at the Beginner’s Ski Slope was closed. I understand that this ski resort gets very crowded during weekends (and I presume also during holidays) but very few skiers during weekdays.

We stayed at the ski resort’s hotel which was very close to the 2 restaurants and the ski equipment building. The hotel rooms were heated by a central heating system. In 2 of the 3 room we stayed in, the hot water was not hot enough. The TV in one of the 3 rooms could not work. On the whole, the hotel rooms were satisfactory.

Choices of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner were rather limited.

You can either use your credit card or cash for deposit to rent ski equipment. However, as in other ski resorts in China, if you use your credit card for deposit, you have to leave it at the ticketing office until you returned the ski equipment..

Of the 3 ski resorts we had skied in China, we found that
• Nanshan was easiest to get to and it was a great place to learn to ski; however its accommodation was basic and the path between Shirton Inn and the ski building was slippery when covered with trampled snow.
• Xiling had nicer hotels but our skiing experience was marred by the management’s and workers’ unfriendly attitude: prevented our coach to get to the lower cable car station for no good reasons, forcing us to lug our luggage some distance up the slope from the coach to the lower cable car station; the driver of the free bus service at the upper cable car station refused to come to the cable car station until we gave him Rmb50; and the workers at the ski resort were reluctant to rent out ski equipment to children 5 yrs and younger.
• Great Wall Ridge was the most affordable; its hotel, restaurants and ski equipment building were located next to each other; but it was difficult to get to get there from Beijing.
Written December 26, 2011
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