What will the 2022 Winter Games mean for the Chinese ski industry?
Russia reportedly spent $50 Billion on creating an Olympic venue in Socchi that is now largely reverted to its pre-Olympic stature. Will the same dashing of hopes happen in 2022? I actually think that the China event will be profitable for the industry and maybe even China! First, look at all the Beijing 2008 venues that will be used for 2022. Not much extra cost there. Then look at the transportation system between Beijing and Zhangjiakou. The high speed rail to Inner Mongolia is in the works and an airport for Zhangjiakou is already open to serve the mountain sports industry developing in the ChongLi County parts of Zhangjiakou. And the Zhangjiakou venues mostly already exist and just need to be organized for the 2022 Games. Not a lot of incremental cost here either. The only real investment will be the development of a new Alpine ski area on Haituo Mountain 90km north of Beijing. The area is a popular hiking destination for Beijingers. Will they build just the competition trails that the bulk of China's skiers will find of limited interest or will they build a complete trail system with a full range of ability terrain and enough trails to qualify it as an international standard resort to compete with the likes of the ChongLi resort cluster? Being only 90 km from Beijing could be a huge advantage, but only if is perceived as something other than just another Beijing "local' ski area. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out!
Ski Resort Condos
The staple of ski resorts world wide, China is just now entering the phase of purpose built resort vacation condominiums. Yabuli opened the market a couple of years ago with 50 or so slopeside single family homes. Now ChongLi has taken the concept up several notches with a new city section of vacation condos. What has not yet started is any organized service to connect owners who are not using their condo with vacationers who would like to stay in a condo instead of a hotel. So we jump into the fray with a new experimental website www.chongliduanzu.com (in Chinese).
If you have a condo you want to rent of are looking for that home away from home hotel alternative, contact usand we will try to match you up!
Hot Springs Inn Condo
To test the concept we recently sought, booked and stayed in one of the ChongLi vacation condos. Located right across the street from the Morte Fontaine hotel, the unit, though small, was comfortable and the owner was very accommodating. At 300 RMB per night, it was a good value.
The unit is surrounded by at least 6 other major developments with upwards of 300 units each. Although the area is still undergoing development into an area with bar streets, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance, this is still a viable option if you want that vacation home feel instead of a hotel.
With the opening of several new International Class Ski Resorts, positions for experienced Western Instructors are starting to emerge. In past years we have had many ask us how to seek such positions, but were largely unsuccessful in their attempt to find such positions. That has changed. We were aware of the following:
Blus Sky Mountain (newest ChongLi resort) International Instructors
Wanda Changbaishan International Resort - Instructors if Speak Chinese Wanlong - Instructor ChongLi - Instructors during vacation periods or full season if speak Chinese
The difficulty is, of course, language. If you speak Chinese, you can certainly get a job at any of the resorts. However, most western ski instructors that might be interested do not. Nonetheless, this is lower on the job requirements list now than it used to be as the large resorts realize that to get the instructors they want accommodations for language must be made.
If you areinterested, contact usand we can put you in contact with the appropriate resort to find out if they are still looking.
Altay back country skiing potential featured in a new Ski China movie
SkiChina.com visited and filmed a movie on China Skiing to shot during the 2013-2014 winter at various resort and off-resort locations around China during March and April. Now showing atwww.skichina.com.