Beidahu Skiing Ground
Beidahu is a ski resort in Jilin (city) and a part of the Songhuahu National Park. The resort is renowned for a long snowing season, and has arguably the most number of slopes for intermediate skiiers and above of all ski resorts in China. Snow sports section of the 6th Asian Winter Games was held here. Ski lifts are operated by the same management who run the one and only hotel in the village.
Get in and out
Beidahu is located 56 km from Jilin City and 128 km from Changchun Longjia Airport. A taxi ride from the airport should cost approximately ¥400 including highway fees and takes about 2 1/2 hours in good weather conditions. The hotel has minibus pick-up services from Jilin City that can be pre-booked (¥300).
There is a one-time ¥20 entry fee per person to enter the Beidahu area. You pay this fee regardless of whether or not you are staying at the hotel.
Accommodation are concentrated to one large hotel, the Beidahu Lodge (* 0432-4202021). Standard rates for a standard room run at ¥480 per night. The hotel may offer considerable discounts if your group will spend more than ¥10,000 in total for lift tickets and hotel nights.
Lift Tickets and Equipment Rental
Ski lifts are good by Chinese standards and operate from 8.30am - 4pm daily, although the gondola tends to close around 3pm. Snowmaking machines are used when there is not enough natural snow (which is almost always), and then groomed. There is a trail map at the bottom of the lifts, but not at the top or anywhere else. Lift tickets cost ¥240 for a half-day pass (4 hours) and ¥320 for a full-day, which includes equipment rental. The equipment for rent are of good standard.
Apart from skiing, there are few other treats for guests except enjoying long meals in local restaurants. There is a gaming room for card and mahjong players available in the hotel, but notably, there is not even a karaoke lounge to be found. There is a bar on the 2nd floor, adjacent to the restaurant, which offers billiards and table soccer, both of which were in good condition.
There are several restaurant within 5-10 minutes walking distance along the main road from the hotel which offer decent to excellent and inexpensive local Dongbei cuisine (东北餐). There are also food options inside the hotel, although less exciting. One of the local restaurants had an English menu with a surprisingly understandable translation. Dog meat is on the menu in this part of China.
For more information, please check the web page [www.beidahuski.com]