Resort Review - Tiger Ridge Terrain Park China
When you think of China, maybe skiing or snowboarding isn’t the first thing on your mind. However, with the country in full preparation to host the Winter Olympics in Beijing, resorts are being developed across the country. One such resort is Tiger Ridge Terrain Park and we couldn’t resist going to check it out.
Arriving at Tiger Ridge around 2am was hard to really take everything in. As we moved to our accommodation I could just make out the large airbag at the base of the resort. Staying on the mountain in purpose built chalets made Tiger Ridge feel very similar to a European style resort. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and even went to the length of letting us shower at their house when our hot water went out. On the hill Tiger Ridge is small but it doesn’t need to be anything more. It has a very specific aim and that is to offer freestyle snowboarders the opportunity to practice their skills in an optimum environment. I would say that it meets this aim.
Tiger Ridge is a freestyle heaven. Every run is dedicated to a similar size of feature to suit ability. As I visited during the end of the season they had removed the park from the front run leaving it pisted for carving. Over the backside of the mountain there are three main alleys; small, medium and large. Each alley has a range of features from kickers to rails, you won’t go wanting here, for more info check here
What we Love about Tiger Ridge…
The progression, from easy ride on flat boxes to massive jumps for Olympic hopefuls, this place has it all. I really liked how it was laid out with runs dedicated to ability so you could make the most of your run and not feel that you were only getting to hit one or two features along the way.
What We Dislike About Tiger Ridge…
Because of the quality of the facilities at Tiger Ridge, it is popular with snowboard teams for their training. This can mean that some parts of the Terrain Park become crowded when a coach decides to focus on a particular feature.
Travel to resort
Located in the North East of China near the border with North Korea, it is easy to be deterred when looking into travel to Tiger Ridge. In reality it is as simple as taking a flight into a major city (E.g. Beijing or Shanghai) and then catch an internal flight to Changbaishan airport. From the airport you can arrange a taxi to collect you and drive you to the resort. The drive will take a couple of hours but don’t worry it is simple and incredibly affordable. If you’d like any information or contacts just get in touch and we can point you in the right direction.
We would recommend this place for…
Freestyle fanatics. Beginners or experts there is something for everyone at Tiger Ridge. I am not a confident freestyle rider and I absolutely loved my time at the resort. This was mainly due the the progressive features that helped me to build confidence along the way.
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