It's Snow Time: gear up for these snow parks around town

These places will get the kids snow excited for outdoor play

Photo: Beijing Longtan Park/WeChat
This winter, Beijing's snow machines are back at work, gushing out snow with just a flip of the switch creating little winter wonderlands at snow parks and even ski resorts in and around the capital.

Not all snow parks are open yet, unfortunately. Make sure you're following our weekly listings to know once they are!

Things you'll need to prepare before you go:
Certain activities require a deposit, such as the snow tubes for rent when going down the snowy slopes which are generally 200-300RMB per tube. Also, keep your deposit slips safe otherwise you may not get your deposits back!

Winter gloves and boots
Get the kids to dig their little hands into the snow instead of into their warm pockets by giving them waterproof and insulated gloves and shoes.

Snacks and some water
Though Beijing parks generally have convenience stores selling snacks and drinks, choices are limited so we recommend packing a few of your own. Also, the ones within the snow parks themselves tend to be overpriced.

Snowball makers, mini luge's or sleds, sand toys, ski scooters and more.

On skiing
If you've never done skiing before, then here are some places to try. From our experience, children as young as three could learn how to ski, too. There are generally instructors available for hire and it'll keep the kids busy while you learn or practise your skiing skills.
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