Some of the slopes in Zhangjiakou ©Getty Images

Zhangjiakou, which held several skiing events at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games last year, has opened up most of its slopes to the public as part of the winter season, stating there has been a boom since they were made available in December.

Genting Snow Park is one of them, which held ski and snowboard cross, aerials and moguls and halfpipe and slopestyle events at the Games.

There are five others, which are also accessible to children.

To combat the spread of COVID-19, there are self-service ticket machines, while visitors must take a test on arrival, according to local authorities, as reported by China Daily.

Local businesses say they have seen an improvement in the number of people visiting the region.

Slopestyle was one of the events held in Zhangjiakou ©Getty Images
Slopestyle was one of the events held in Zhangjiakou ©Getty Images

"Winter sports have developed into popular sports from being only tried by a minority of people in the past," said Zou Zhongqiao, a manager at Fulong Four Seasons Town to Great Wall New Media.

He added that 3,000 people visited the resort he is based at on his first day.

Wanlong Paradise Resort, another slope in the region, is believed to have received 800 to 1,000 people a day.

The hub in Hebei Province was home to snowboard, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, biathlon and cross-country skiing at Beijing 2022.