Club Med rides China’s ski boom with three new resorts
Club Med will continue to play a hand in China’s snowsports boom, adding to its portfolio of ski resort hotels in China with new additions in Changbaishan, Thaiwoo and Taicang. The brand will also extend its cooperation with Ecole du Ski Francais (ESF), opening ski schools at Thaiwoo and Vanke Shijinglong Ski Resort.
Club Med Joyview Taicang, just an hour’s drive from central Shanghai, is slated to open in 2021 and will give guests access to a man-made “snow dome” featuring ski slopes, a kids’ snow garden, an ice skating rink and ice palace.
The Changbaishan development will offer a more typical ski resort experience, with ski-in ski-out access to the resort widely considered one of China’s best, thanks to an abundance of natural snow. The hotel (pictured above) will have 300 guest rooms, and will feature hot spring baths, restaurants and indoor entertainment and activities.
Club Med Thaiwoo will open with a capacity for 250 guess, and will likewise offer a ski-in ski-out experience. Thaiwoo, located in the Chongli resort cluster, is China’s largest ski resort and features views of the Great Wall of China. The resort will be the venue for freestyle skiing and snowboard cross events at the 2022 Winter Olympics, and was a recent host of the 2019 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup.
Speaking at the recent China International Import Expo, Club Med President Henri Giscard d’Estaing expressed enthusiasm for the growth of snowsports in China.
“We’re pleased to see that China’s booming ski market in advance of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympic Games in the backdrop of favourable government policies and growing ski demand among consumers.”
“We have full confidence in the snow holiday industry with huge potential.”