Powder to the People – Hannah Beech

From Time Asia (link):

China SkiThe first sign that Lotus Mountain is not Aspen comes from the man down the hill in a pin-striped business suit. Other skiers are dressed in more sporty Gore-Tex outfits, but many share the snow-dusted rear of the man dressed for a day at the office. After all, most of the visitors to this newly built ski resort in China’s northeast only began strapping on ski boots in the last couple of years. Few know how to negotiate a gentle slope without a few spills”or realize that the dried squid and sauteed pig kidney on the mountain-lodge menu are not usual ski-resort fare. “Now that Chinese have more money, they are looking for new forms of entertainment,” says Yu Huiyang, the vice manager of Lotus Mountain, which opened last year near the northeastern city of Changchun and now draws 1,000 people a day on weekends. “ is seen as a trendy and elegant activity, and many Chinese like to try it so they can gain status in their social circle.”

On skiing in Ancient China, see “Chinese Skiers and the Western Media Filter” from Musing Under the Tenement Palm.

March 16, 2006, 9:52 AM
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