Two of China’s largest and longest established ski areas have created a joint lift pass for skiers to use this winter.
The move, negotiated for several years, is believed to be the first time two of the country’s ski areas have offered a ticket valid on each other’s slopes.
The recently re-named Wanlong Paradise Resort (formerly Wanlong Ski Resort) and Genting Secret Garden are located next to each other China’s leading ski region of Chongli.
The two areas are currently relatively small compared to leading areas in Europe and North America but offer modern facilities including around 10 modern chairlifts and a gondola lift plus about 30km of varied runs in a country where most ski areas just have a few fairly level runs, a snowmaking machine and one or two conveyor lifts.
Chongli will act as the base for many of the events at the 2022 Winter Olympics with Genting Secret Garden hosting the snowboarding slopestyle and halfpipe and some freestyle ski events whilst Wanlong Paradise Resort will host the parallel slalom snowboarding.
In the build up to the 2022 Olympics, the areas will expand dramatically. The Malaysian-owned Genting Secret Garden aims to more than double in size with 70km of ski runs divided in to 87 runs supported by 22 ski lifts, many built by Austrian firm Doppelmayr.
The news of the joint lift pass was announced by Mr. Luo Li, the chairman of Wanlong Paradise Resort at the Conference of China Snowsports Industry Alliance.