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Beidahu Resort Reviews

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Beidahu Resort Reviews

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  • December 15, 2013
    from United States

    I am an American, working in China. I've skied extensively in Eastern US, mostly at Mad River Glen and Stowe. In the West, Alta and Taos were my choices.

    I have been curious about Beidahu for a few years and finally got a chance to go there. Today is December 15, 2013. I was there on the 13th and 14th. This mountain is not big by US standards. But the terrain is decent. I read the review by a skier from Estonia and can agree with him for the most part. He was disappointed.

    Getting there from Beijing was quite a chore. It involved a 12 hour overnight train ride. Better seats were sold out, so we settled for the hard beds. A 6 x 6 cubical accommodated two triple deckers with six bunk beds. I got the top bunk that has less than two feet of clearance between the bunk and the ceiling. People below were eating sunflower seeds and oranges, and they threw everything on the floor.

    The train destination was Jilin: when we arrived, the temperature was -10 C decrees. The shuttle bus had no heat! The ride was 90 minutes. When we got to the hotel, the lobby was as cold as the outside! Our room never topped 15 degrees.

    There are several hotels in the resort. Ours was the Asian Games Village. It is ageing rapidly, but it is also the closest to the lift. The most accurate description I can give this hotel would be shabby. Yes, it's shabby by any measure with stupid mistakes. Example: Our room has twin beds (the beds are ok). For twin bedrooms, there should be a wall lamp over each bed with separate switches. Well, in our room they put both lamps over one bed with no light over the other. Now, that is stupidity!

    The chairlift close to the hotel didn't work. They were waiting a spare part from Europe. The gondola worked, but it was going up to areas with thin coverage.
    The well covered slope was to the right. That was serviced by a T-bar, But the tT-bar starting point is 300 yards up the hill! It wasn't an easy hike with ski boots. Why didn't they extend the T-bar down closer to the base? The T-bars are spaced too far apart and the speed was slower than a walk in a park. So a ten person line is more than 30 minutes.

    Got the picture? What is wrong? Having been here for 11 years, I can point my finger at the management ignorance. They just don't know.

    One writer said the food was disgusting. He was right, BUT that only applies to the fast food counter. They served a bowl of rice with Taiwan meat sauce. A better description would be Rice in Dishwater. To be fair, a better meal could be had for around $11US. It's a buffet with more than 15 dishes and five soups. You can eat all you want.

    Oh, I forgot to mention that the base lodge is huge and it also has no heat. What amazed me was that the local clients don't seem to mind.

    There is a new hotel built to the western standards and has decent western buffet, but it's a pricy place. I wouldn't pay Alps prices for this resort.

    Bad news for coffee lovers. There is no place for a cup of joe. I blame this on management ignorance too.

  • Beidahu Ratings

    Overall: 3.2. Based on 5 votes and 27 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.2

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Beidahu.

    Public Transport: 3.2

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Beidahu, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.2

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 3.4

    (1) No places to stay in/near Beidahu, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.2

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Beidahu.

    Ski in/Ski out: 3.4

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 3.5

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Beidahu, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.4

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Beidahu is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.4

    (1) Beidahu relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.6

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Beidahu, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Beidahu are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.6

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Beidahu is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Beidahu, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.0

    (1) Beidahu usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 3.4

    (1) The staff at Beidahu are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Beidahu are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 2.8

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 3.5

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.6

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Beidahu has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 3.2

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 3.6

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Beidahu, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.4

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.5

    (1) Not even a kicker at Beidahu, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.2

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 1.8

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Beidahu, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.2

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Beidahu has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 2.2

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 2.6

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.8

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 2.2

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 2.2

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 2.8

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.4

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.0

    (1) Overall, Beidahu is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.2

    (1) Overall, Beidahu is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • April 16, 2013
    from Estonia

    I have just returned back home from China, and spent 4 days at this so called five star ski resort in late March.

    From arrogant staff at the reception of the hotel, to poorly run and badly serviced hotel facilities, I would not recommend a stay here to anyone.

    i don't know how Chinese people perceive the food served here, but from an European's point of view it is terrible; poor selection and very poor chefs.

    I went to see the management one day, was told they were entertaining, but did manage to find the ski lodge manager who was very scruffily dressed and looked as if he had been sleeping. The general manager of the hotel is never available to see anyone according to the reception, he is busy with other duties for the owning group.

    Thank you, but never again..

    Steve

  • November 21, 2012
    from China

    Again, I am visiting from Beijing this year and after being told that there would be improvements from last year it is untrue.
    Same staff, same bad rooms, same bad service, and disgusting food. This is a really poorly run hotel by unqualified managers.

  • November 13, 2012
    from China

    Very bad service, bad food I can't endure.

  • April 07, 2012
    from China

    Beidahu is an amazing place for the powder. I went there at April 1st after the big snow in spring, it's the only one ski resort that opened lasted at that time, my friend & I was enjoyed ourselves for the 3 days journey. We also come across the activities which I called it skimming=skiing +swimming pool,haha~ a fantastic game, esp. for drowning in the pool, LOL.
    All in all, I love Beidahu, the ski paradise in China.

  • April 06, 2012
    from Hong Kong

    Can not agree with another reviewer. My experience was very rude staff and management, poor facilities what included food which I consider important for a day of skiing and extremely dirty toilet and ski hall facilities. The manager has since emailed me agreeing that the resort has poor standards and management.

    Thank you.

  • April 02, 2012
    from China

    Went there end of the season 2012 had some great sunny days without wind. Had at the first day even fresh powder; quite rare in China's ski resorts. The slopes are great and the intermediate will be satisfied. We stayed at the athletes village, the staff was super friendly. The hotel was kind of already in end of season shutdown mood. Who wants luxury should go in the main season when the 5 star hotel is open.

  • March 31, 2012
    from Norfolk Island

    Hello.

    After visiting the ski resort this morning, and being still in what they call the restaurant?? I can honestly say that the negative comments regarding the services and standards at this resort are true!!

    I drove nearly 3 hours from Changchun after reading many of the comments on this website as I had to see for myself, as I am a ski enthusiast, visiting China for the first time.

    I can honestly say after seeing my friends room in the so called "Asian Village" Hotel, this place is terrible, they do not even offer laundry services to the guests.

    The rooms are dirty ... the restaurant food is terrible, at least for Europeans, the bathroom facilities are dirty and smell, the ski hall is filthy and leaking all over, the staff are rude, as well as the so called management, and the ski slopes have barely enough snow to call a ski run.

    All in all, I will consider this as a total wastage of US $ 80 including the ski pass, lift pass and meals, and will never come here again. I will also ensure that I never recommend this ski resort to any of my friends at all.

    Tony Ellis.

  • March 27, 2012
    from China

    Waste of money is all I can say.

    Dirty rooms with smoking burns all over carpet. Restaurant service very bad and food selection also bad. Skiing is only average, Yabuli is far better. Staff have bad attitudes and the reception people and restaurant staff are very rude.

    The new hotel which was closed is also not of a good standard with cheep furniture and so so facilities.

    It is a big shame that they call this a five star resort when they do not even have an official listing as a five star resort in the jilin chamber of commerce. Why do they tell things that are not true? The ski lodge is a 2 star facility maximum and the other hotel may reach 4 star.

    Thank you for letting me submit my comments.

  • March 26, 2012
    from China

    To another reviewer: you always post good comments about Beidahu ski on this website. Is not true. when will someone see and tell the true. After 2 days of ski here I feel depress. Nothing to do, bad accommodation, no laundry, poor food. We have to go to kou qian to eat well. This is not a good place at all.