Beidahu is arguably China’s best ski resort when all things are considered; accessibility from major Chinese cities, culture and vibe, weather conditions, terrain, natural snowfall, setting, services and accommodations. At about 60km away, Jilin City is the closest urban area. There are wonderful four-star hotels, good food, hot tubs and best of all no driving because everything sits slope side right at the base of the lift.
Beidahu is not as big and deep as Changbaishan or Altay but it combines solid ski culture and good conditions in a beautiful and quiet valley setting. The terrain, elevation and snow are identical to central Vermont; even the trees look the same. Big mountain powder hounds would be disappointed but could still have a really fun and relaxing getaway here enjoying the steeper trails. The ski resort seems to get a decent amount of wintery precipitation; at least enough to keep the trees white and the trails covered with natural snow options. This is one of the only places in China where skiing in the trees is an option. While it is certainly not promoted, it is also not policed. Skiers looking to get fresh tracks could venture off the trail but beware it is thwacky. If they trimmed here it would be China’s first real tree skiing destination. Beginners will be intimidated by steeper trails off the summit but there are still plenty of less intense trail options.
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