Huaibei International Ski

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Huaibei International Ski
3.5
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Easier than expected ski trip
Jan 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
Nothing much to get excited about
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

George W
Male, null, Maldives14 contributions
Easier than expected ski trip
Jan 2019 • Family
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.
Written January 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Maria C
Beijing, China26 contributions
Great for a skiing day trip
Dec 2018 • Friends
The best feature of this place is that its 1-hour drive from the city and a didi can take you there for 200kuai.

We arrived at 8am sharp (opening time) and got around very easily with help from english speaking staff- they were very attentive and helped us with everything;

The slopes (2 grees - 3 blues- 1black) were pretty decent. From 8-10 it was nice and almost empty, it got a bit crowded around noon but it wasnt as bad as we expected.

We had a great time and even had lunch before leaving and it surprisingly good (dumplings and some spicy noodles)

Price was suprisngly cheap - Around 300~ kuai for the entrance+ski rentail (clothes and equipment)

Overall was a great experience, if you live in Beijing you have to try it out while its winter.
Written December 30, 2018
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Tanne A
24 contributions
Okay but don't get too excited
Dec 2017 • Family
I wouldn't recommend going if you haven't lived in China or cant speak some Chinese. Staff are great and help as much as they can but language is limited. Also getting there is not straightforward. My family and I had a great time and the view is magnificent, moreover it is a great place for people to learn. But like most things in China, have some patience, don't expect things to go smooth, have backup plans and you will have a great day. We went by bus, the 936 wasnt in operation, so we caught the 916 to Huairou. Which was Quite fast. Once we arrived in Huairou, we caught a taxi to the resort. About 55 kuai. This was efficient and stress free. Also get a metro card. Great for the subway and bus. We used Didi to get a taxi to the resort, on the way back to Huairou bus station we just bargained with a driver who had a 7 seater car to take us to Huairou bus station. 60 kuai, which was half the price of a didi van, first time I have used a black taxi, I dont recommend this but didnt want to wait for the shuttle or the 936 that people wrote about in other reviews. Getting the bus from the depot was great, whole family could stretch out on the back seat and sleep on the way back to Dongzhimen. DONT TAKE SKI EQUIPMENT with you, just hire. The runs aren't worth it and the extra hassle is a pain, unless your chartering a driver from Beijing. However that defeats the purpose of the cheapest but fun skiing you'll ever do. It will cost you more for a driver both ways as to hire equipment and lift passes. When you get there go to the building on the left before the entry gates. You pay a deposit, I paid 1300Kuai and they give you a card for hire and 3 lift passes. One for me and my two boys, my wife and daughter didnt ski they were happy to sit and watch the views from the cafe. You then get the equipment you need etc. At the end of the day, return your equipment and they give you the refund. I was Given back 720 kuai. that included locker hire, 3 snowboards and helmets, we had our own clothes, I was told that Tuesday is the cheapest day to ski. I have skiied in a lot of places and never experienced such great value, However definitely not the most exciting place to ski, but the view of the Great Wall was amazing. A unique experience and a great day, but we have lived in China for a year and can speak some Chinese. It wasnt crowded but it was a weekday, this small venue couldn't take large crowds, so be careful if you intend to go on a weekend or public holiday.
Written December 26, 2017
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niab-dk
Vaerloese, Denmark5 contributions
Ok for one day skiing
Feb 2017
Enjoyed half a day skiing with fresh air and view to the Great Wall.
Bring your own food unless you like Chinese basic food.
As experienced skier it was a little bit boring but the kids could still be challenged. Some hills are blue and a bit red on a European scale and a lot of Chinese beginners on the green slopes :-)
Overall a good experience which can be recommended. We stayed on Kempinski sunrise hotel 15 minutes away.
Written February 19, 2017
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caterpillarchameleon
singapore17 contributions
Beautiful ski resort
Dec 2016 • Family
Beautiful ski resort. Though it's artificial snow, we had a great time skiing. Weekday charge is cheaper starting from yuan 38 on Mon.
We did not manage to book the chalets online but came to the counter to book it. Many rooms available on weekdays. Beautiful chalets.
We took bus 936 from Dongzhimen as suggested by another traveller on another review. Took around 2 to 2.5 hours. Comfortable bus ride. The bus actually past by the subway at China international exhibition center, not sure if it may be faster to catch the bus from there.

Written December 16, 2016
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PaolaMay2016
Manila, Philippines64 contributions
Could Have Saved Money If Not For Those Persistent Coaches
Feb 2016 • Friends
We went there during the Chinese New Year. My 2 friends and I decided to get a coach to teach us since we were newbies. There were 2 coaches who approached us. We were telling that we will only get 1 coach because we were only 3 but they were insisting that we should get the 2 of them for "safety reasons" because they were a lot of people skiing, one coach will teach my friend and the other will teach me and my other friend. And since we don't have the luxury of time to argue anymore, we agreed but we told them for only an hour and the next hour we will be skiing to ourselves. They were again insisting that it will be better if they coach us for 2 hours but I said no. Only for an hour. So much for being so desperate to suck out money from people. They taught us for about 45 minutes and told us the time is over. Little they did know I had been keeping track of time. But I thought without them bugging us and we get to ski freely was better and so I just let them go. But in all fairness, I learned the basics from them. We could have just spent around 60 RMB only for our 2-hour ski but ended up paying less than 200 RMB because of those coaches. Lesson learned though: You can always say no and you have to stick with it! Still, we were happy to have tried skiing for the 1st time. Also I personally think that overall Nanshan Ski Village is better than Huaibei. You be the judge!
Written December 7, 2016
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Kathleen L
Melbourne, Australia382 contributions
You can catch a bus all the way from Beijing for about 20RMB
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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Junteng 63
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia291 contributions
Skiing next to Great Wall
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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NEHooligan47
Colorado Springs, CO43 contributions
Unique Ski Experience --Charming and, Definitely, Chinese
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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