Indoor snow centres in China are starting to re-open. The move comes after the country returns to normal life after the number of new domestic coronavirus COVID-19 infections dropped dramatically, according to official reports.
It is less than two months since the COVID-19 epidemic took hold of the country. Chinese state media reported that zero indigenous COVID-19 infections had been reported for three consecutive days across the Chinese mainland and that the hard-hit Hubei Province outside Wuhan had not seen new indigenous COVID-19 cases for 17 consecutive days.
Guangzhou and Kunming indoor ski centres are among those that have re-opened but are operating with a restricted number of guests and other anti-virus-spread initiatives. Harbin Snow World 24, the world’s largest indoor snow centre, located in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang is reported to reopen soon.
In terms of outdoor ski areas, it appears to be a mixed picture, with some having re-opened, others not.
Nanshan, one of the country’s leading areas reports it is currently still closed, but other ski areas in other parts of China less directly impacted by the virus re-opened in late February or early March in some cases. Sky Mountain Beidahu was one of these but says it has now closed again, as many Chinese ski resorts end their seasons anyway in late March as the snow melts. The number of visitors was also limited until now due to the travel restrictions that have been in place.
China is reported to now have more than 30 indoor snow centres and more than 700 outdoor ski areas, all of which were closed in January due to the national lockdown.
Reporting by www.SnowHunter.com