Huaibei International Ski
Huaibei International Ski
3.5
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
What people are saying
Easier than expected ski trip
4.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2019
Only about 1 hr 15 min away from Beijing (longer if you hit serious traffic getting out of or into the city) this ski resort has several green and blue runs and a single black diamond run. They are well staff with instructors and equipment - it's almost like a production line. After you check-in and get an access card at the main gate, you basically have free run of the place. At the bottom of the slope, enter a hall at one end and pick up any kind of ski clothing you require + boots + skies/poles + helmet and off you go. Lockers are plentiful as well. Many people leave their shoes on top of the lockers instead of renting one (that's what we did). There is a nice coffee shop at the top of the "B" Chairlift, which was a nice surprise. A basic hot chocolate was 18 RMB and the views were very good. Beijing weather has been much better over the past year with less pollution and a lot of clear skies. With the great wall on 3 sides, the view is fun and you can let you imagination wander for a bit before getting back on the slopes. We had an instructor: Ms. Han for my 7 year old boy. That worked out well. We also did night skiing (5 PM till about 9 PM) and it was much less crowded (this was on a weekday just before Chinese New Year). Enough people not to feel empty, but wide open runs. However, they shut some of the lifts at night so the selection is more limited. We stayed overnight in one of their cabins. Other than a bit of confusion about how to check-in which resulted in a bit of bouncing around until we figured out the right person to talk to, the cabin room was warm, the bathroom was clean and serviceable (very hot water!) and met all our needs. I think the cabins are under-rated -- although it's not a long drive, being able to sleep on site and ski again the next morning made this a much less hectic trip. Critiques: 1) It would have been nice if my son could join a small group class, rather than always one-one-one instruction. Not sure if this was an option (unless you form your own group). 2) the first night the restaurant inside the gates said they'd be open till 8:30 PM, but when we got back there at around 8:15 or 8:20 they had long since shut down. We were able to eat at a restaurant (the only restaurant!) just outside the resort gates, which was a very local spot with limited menu - but we filled ourselves up just the same. But there was a bit of confusion asking various people where we could find food. Bottom line: a bit more "visibility" as to where to eat if staying at the resort would be helpful (or even possibility of delivery to the room -- which might have been possible (we didn't ask). 3) I speak passible Chinese so i got by okay. However, if they could add a sprinkling of English signs at the resort it would make this place much more accessible to the foreign community in Beijing or tourists. 4) the chair lifts were great, but the "belts" (like baggage belts, but you slide onto them using your skies and ride up the hill) are kind of slow and on the lower hills stop reasonably frequently because someone slipped while getting on (inexperienced or unlucky types). This could be improved by A) tending the entry area better so its not so icy, easy to push your way along, and B) speeding up the belts for the higher slope which is a blue run and has only intermediate or better skiers on it. All in all, a good experience and now that we know our way around, its likely we'll make this a more regular visit during future winters, especially while our young ones are learning to ski.

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Martini R
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went there with young kids. The name of the resort would fool one into believing that it is going to be welcoming to foreigners. There is not a single English-speaking officer behind the counter and no signs are in English.

The instructors ONLY speak chinese so that was not helpful for my daughter. We were fortunate to have travelled with Chinese-speaking friends whose children helped translate the instructions for my daughter. The instructors even told my daughter to learn some Chinese! Ironic given that they are the ones providing instruction in an International ski resort.

Bring your own supply of hot water cos the restaurant is not willing to sell hot water even for me to make formula for my baby.
Written January 2, 2020
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NEHooligan47
Colorado Springs, CO44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
My wife, younger daughter (age 12) and I started our tour of China in Dec 2014 with a ski day at HuaiBei International Ski Area. We had arranged for a car and driver to pick us up at our down town hotel and it took about an hour and a half to get to the ski area. Other reviewers have commented on the limited English spoken at the resort, but we found the staff to be very helpful in overcoming this potential problem.

We were outfitted with relatively new equipment and helmets (we had brought our own ski jackets and pants from the States) very quickly. At any given time, at least two members of the HuaiBei staff were hovering around us, ensuring all of our needs were met.

Then, on to the slopes. The lift to the "advanced" slope was not running the day we skied, but we basically had a 200 m vertical intermediate run all to ourselves. In fact, the reason we don't have a picture of all three of us together on this hill was because there was literally NO ONE ELSE around to take it. The intermediate slope afforded us breathtaking panoramas of the nearby surrounding ancient Chinese Great Wall. Those views comprised the true highlight of the day and caused us to realize that nowhere but China could provide such an experience

The snow was largely man-made, but the cold (for Beijing) temperatures kept it crunchy and eminently skiable. We skied a few token runs on the beginner pistes, which is where the majority of skiers were located, and found them to be about par for beginner hills throughout the world.

Lunch was a traditional Chinese BBQ stick and a pot of something akin to ramen. Nothing remarkable, but, it warmed us up and kept our energy levels from flagging.

At the end of our ski day, our bill was tallied up and we paid about 900 RMB for lift tickets, rentals and food -- a real bargain for a 3 person ski day, compared to what we are used to paying here in the US. My only regret is that there were, literally, no souvenirs available from HuiaBei. I would have loved to have purchased a HuaiBei ski pin to wear along with my Kitzbuehl, Loveland and Whistler pins, but such items were nowhere to be found. No T-shirts, bandanas, ski hats, key rings, kitchen magnets -- nothing!

All in all, a good ski day and a great way to start our tour of China.
Written June 10, 2015
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Kathleen L
Melbourne, Australia377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
This is a lovely and well run ski resort close to Beijing. You can catch public transport here from Beijing or from Huairou (where I stayed at the 7 Days Inn see separate review). Bus number is 936 and you get off at the second last stop. ASk the conductor and have a picture of the ski resort to help if you don't speak any Chinese. For there it is a short walk and you have to cross over a major road so take care. You may be offered a lift, they will overcharge you if you accept.

As mentioned in other reviews you can ski with views of the Great Wall of China which was exactly what I wanted. The terrain park is OK but a bit limited (only advanced skiers and boarders would want to attempt the jumps). There were no black (difficult runs open) but a good range of green (beginner) and easy blue runs. There are good food options but you can always take a picnic and get free hot water there for your noodle bowl. The equipment was reasonable but not great. You have to get a ski pass and an equipment rental card as well (plus pay a cash deposit of about 200RMB) then you take the card to get all your equipment and when you return your equipment they will swipe your card again so you can get your deposit back. There are lockers (also known as boxes) where you can leave your picnic, shoes and extra stuff whilst you ski. I had a ball and I hope you do to.
Written January 20, 2016
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hauq
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
If I could rate it 0 star, I would. Read of the official website that this one of China's top ski resort with an international standard. However, this attraction was the worst I ever experienced.

1) There was only 1 bus that goes to the ski resort from Beijing city centre and the journey took 2.5hours (when the website said 1.5hrs)!

2) The ticketing office at the resort was small and cramped. There were at least 8-10 counters opened but every line took forever to move. Every notice to visitors were written in Chinese. So much for being international!

3) There were no proper notice on how tickets should be purchased. We just took a queue because everyone else was doing the same. We spent 20-30 minutes waiting in the line as the queue moved at snail pace just for tickets purchase!

4) I found out from other visitors why the queue was moving at snail pace. It turned out that there was a long queue at the ski rental room because there sizes were not available. The visitors were told to wait for the sizes to be returned! The ticketing officer was unable to advise what sizes were or were not available. They require you to purchase your tickets and you see for yourself in the rental room. If your size is not avaialble, too bad! No refund of ticket is possible if you decided not to ski.

5) There was a customer service counter where a lady help answered queries. When asked how long the queue will take or how tickets should be purchased, the only answer she had was 'please wait in the queue for your tickets'. Totally not helpful!

The whole experience was totally ridiculous! We spent 45 minutes in the ticketing office trying to figure out what was going on. Not only did we not get to ski, the crowd management and planning was unprofessional. It was nowhere near an international standard when everything was written in Chinese and turned visitors away due to inadequate equipment.
Written January 26, 2015
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JonkeB
Audinghen, France390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
This is not an int'l ski resort. This is a collection of well managed slopes close to Beijing. 10 times better than Nanshan from a ski experience perspective. The chair lifts are slow, the snow was very good, we found no icy spots on Jan 4th. We were almost alone in the red-runs.

Good system that you pay a deposit, get a card, put everything on it, skies, boots, helmet, coffee, food etc and then at the end you get back what is left of your deposit. We were 2 adults and 2 youths that rented equipment and skied for 5 hours, total cost 670 RMB.

Good customer service in Mandarin but almost no English. The toilets were Chinese as well....

We will go here again.
Written January 5, 2013
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Junteng 63
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
I was here the 3rd week of December, It was not full open. There are only 3 tracks running, 2 beginners and 1 intermediate. We ski for half day and is only 78rmb (incl pole ,ski n boots n lift). Apart from 200rmb deposit, locker is charge 20rmb per unit.
I charted a van to this place, easier for my family. Please check for the best price.
Overall it's fun to ski along the Great Wall. My kids (8 and 12) have a great time here.
Written December 28, 2015
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Victor L
Seoul, South Korea4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
We skied over Christmas and had a great time! Views of the Great Wall made it extra special. Have a Chinese friend call the resort for you to make your booking. The ski resort website: www.hbski.com. Our rooms in the "American" cabins were great at 680 RMB a night and could sleep two. They overlooked the slopes and were very convenient and nice. Skis, boots, poles, and lift tickets (they don't actually give you a ticket though) came to 135 RMB for the day, but required a 300 RMB deposit. The real key is finding the "cashier windows" to pay for things and get you going. There's one just near the front gate (next to the parking lot) to pay for lodging, and then another just inside the ski lodge on the left, to pay for your skiing & equip. They use these cards to pay/keep track of everything. Everyone was very helpful and kind but very little English is spoken here. Be prepared to set your own bindings or take what you get! WIFI is available and free but you'll need some help to log-on. Hot food was limited but available. The slopes did have ski patrol that were very helpful and efficient. Overall a great experience for being so close to Beijing. Highly recommended, but do not expected big mountains or lots of English. We are looking forward to our next ski trip in Jan.
Written December 27, 2014
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Deborah H
Singapore, Singapore189 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
We could not make the reservation for the ski and cottage online as the website was not user friendly - the pages at the English website was unable to load and the Website (Chinese) required us to enter a local telephone number (which we do not have!). Hence, we booked thru a travel agency - Tour Beijing.
The agent (Lucy) from the agency picked us up from the airport hotel. The journey was about 75 minutes (initially they told us 2hrs) as the hotel was near the highway.
The lady at the reception for ski and check in (hotel aka cottage) was very patience. She took time to explain on the usage of the ski card ( like debit card) *very important instructions.
Ski - the slopes were rather small and non steep. Excellent learning spots for beginner. I felt good as everyone was learning ( from young to elderly) to ski liked me! Both of us were approached by a lady ( 郭教练) at the entrance and she and her husband became our personal coach for 2 hrs (RMB 320 each in cash exclude gratuities aka tips). 郭教练 guided us to rent the locket, ski shoes and board ( we had our own ski attire, googles and gloves) using the ski card. Oh... I had forgotten to mentioned that our 3 day 2 night package included 2 days of ski equipment rental (exclude ski lesson and attire). The one-to-one coaching was good and they ensured our safety during the 2hours. End of the 2hours, I was able to brake and ski confidently from the slope. As we took a package, we were instructed and told during check in that our ski card can only tap once to receive the equipment and hence we got to bring the ski equipment back to our cottage for safekeeping. The next day, we went to practice our skills on our own. The overall experience was great and as it was not crowded. There is no night ski.
Cottage- clean, neat, heated and well-maintained. Our room view was facing the ski slope! Would recommend tourist to stay here for a night for experience.
Restaurant - one and only dining place. The restaurant waitress came to our room to take order! She said that food will be ready when we reach (about 3 min walk or less); hence we need not to wait long. Price was reasonable (麻辣香锅 - small costs RMB68) and wide range of food.
Areas to improve
1. NO SMOKING IN THE COTTAGE AND AT THE SKI AREA!
2. I am surprised to see a dog running down the ski
slope. Why is there a dog?
3. Payment for the personal coach/instructor should be done at the counter and allow us to pay thru the ski card. Canvass should not be allowed. We were not aware that the payment was in cash and we did not carry any with us. Hence we had to walk back to our cottage to get cash. Either we were slow or they were too eager to collect, the couple came to our doorstep to collect (the husband even brought a calculator with him!). The cost (for both) was RMB 640 and we gave RMB800. They did not offer to return the change and assumed the remaining was meant to be gratuities. The husband had hinted to my friend during the lesson about giving gratuities as he said that the payment will be pay to the company. The next day we went to verify with the reception, the lady (the one we met during check in) told us that the coach was not employee of the ski resort. ??The RMB 640 was paid to the coaches or to the ski company. Charges and payment should be more transparency.
Written December 19, 2014
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Mikko P
Beijing, China7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
Visited there with family during Chinese New Year. Whole prosess from entrance to equipment rental and finaly to slopes was quite easy and smooth. Skies and boots where quite ok, as the aim for our trip was to teach kids to ski. Prices were reasonable, but do not expect to find western style ski bistro for your break time.

Calling to reservation number 1-2 days in advance will get you lower ticket prices.

Overall quite ok experience and will consider going there again.
Written February 18, 2013
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Tao De Friends 陶德
Spokane, WA236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Destination skiing has to be put into perspective. I wasn't expecting the Alps or the Rockies and my family had a blast. We wanted to glide down a mountain surrounded by the Great Wall and that's what it's about. Reminded me of growing up on the man made snow slopes of the U.S.East Coast. We skied Huaibei Dec 15th. Hired a driver for the day. Left Beijing before traffic (6:30am) and got there quickly. They have a good process of getting equipment. We skied about 4 hours at about $25 USD per person with all equipment/clothing. Afterwards we explored the APEC Conference area and took the chairlift up Mutianyu and slide down. Finished the day back in Beijing with a microbrew at the Great Leap. A touristy day indeed, but a memory that will be relished.
Written January 31, 2015
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