Shanghai has broken ground on a ski project that when completed, will be the world’s largest indoor snow resort.
The project is called Wintastar Shanghai, and it’s scheduled to open in 2022, in time for the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Built by Singaporean property developer KOP Limited, Wintastar Shanghai will be in Lingang City, Pudong, near the cluster of attractions including Disneyland, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, and Shanghai Planetarium.
Once built, the resort will be operated by Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim, which runs Ski Dubai, currently the world’s largest indoor ski park.
Wintastar will span 227,000 square meters – the size of about 32 football fields – with a design based on European alpine ski towns, natural iceberg formations, and the alps.
The highlight is the alpine-themed 90,000-square meter Ski & Snow Park with three slopes, including one for Olympic training, as well as multiple ski runs and over 25 alpine-themed attractions for non-skiers.
The resort will also house a water park and four hotels run by Montigo Resorts, KOP’s hotel arm, which will have rooms with with ski-in and ski-out facilities. An ice hotel is also planned.
Over 3.2 million visitors are expected to visit Wintastar each year.
Winter sports in China have been experiencing a surge in interest. According to the China Tourism Academy, China’s snow tourism market will have 340 million visitors and the revenue is expected top ¥670 billion in two years.