Beijing families won’t need to wait until the 2022 Winter Olympics to see talents skiers vie for first place. In fact our city’s future gold medalists can show off their skills as early as February 1, when Nanshan Ski Village holds its downhill kids competition.
Participants will be divided into three tiers for the competition: preschool, grades 1-3 and grades 3-6. After zipping down the hill, which has an eight degree decline, judges will announce which competitors came in first for each category, before awarding those winners a free five night hotel stay and four day pass at Japan’s Shiga Kogen ski resort. Other gifts and prizes will be given to top finishers, and all the children who partake will receive a certificate of participation.
Signup is at 9.30am, the races begin at 10am and medals and prizes are announced at 11.30am. A pass for the event is priced at RMB185. For more information, click here.
Any children who are on holiday next week can also sign up for Nanshan’s ski lessons. These mountain top tutorials run from Monday to Friday until the end of the season on March 10 (except for Feb. 7-14, because of the Spring Festival holiday).
Beginner classes run from 10.30am-12.30pm, intermediates can further hone their skills between 1.30-3.30pm, and advanced students can better learn how to do jumps and other challenges from 10.30am-12.30pm. One class costs RMB180/person (not including ski equipment). More information is available here.
Lastly, Nanshan is collaborating with Imagine to host ski camps. The camps last for three days, feature lessons throughout the morning and afternoon, and cost RMB900 per day. The first February 1-3 camp is already booked solid, but spaces are still available for the next camp from February 9-11. For more information, click here and here.
Photos: Courtesy of Imagine.