Beijing 2022 has published its Legacy Case Studies, outlining future plans for venues used during the Games such as the Yanqing National Sliding Centre ©Beijing 2022

Beijing 2022 has claimed that the Big Air Shougang will become a permanent fixture on the International Skiing Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski World Cup circuit following the Winter Olympics here.

The future of venues used at the competition zones in Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou was outlined in Beijing 2022’s newly-published "Legacy Case Studies".

Among those included are the Big Air Shougang, built on the site of a disused steel mill, that is staging the big air events at the Winter Olympics.

Work on the site started in December 2018 and ended in November 2019, before holding its first World Cup competition for big air a month later.

After the Games, Beijing 2022 claims the Big Air Shougang will become a "permanent" World Cup venue, "turning into an annual big party for skiing enthusiasts".

"The Big Air Shougang may hold professional sporting events after the Games, such as the International Ski Federation Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing World Championships, national freestyle skiing and snowboard competitions and 'Air and Style'," a claim from Beijing 2022 read in the 200-page Legacy Case Studies document.

"It may also serve as an ongoing training base for China’s national teams and youth teams to foster top competitive talents for snowboarding and freestyle skiing."

Big Air Shougang's industrial backdrop is a departure from tradition skiing venues ©Getty Images
Big Air Shougang's industrial backdrop is a departure from tradition skiing venues ©Getty Images

Beijing 2022 also revealed plans for venues in Yanqing, claiming the National Alpine Skiing Centre will become a "world-leading" competition venue and training base and the National Sliding Centre - which is hosting bobsleigh, skeleton and luge events at the Games - will be open all year.

It also claimed that the sliding centre will continue to be used as a competition venue for "top sporting events" and serve as a "professional training ground" for China’s national teams.

According to Beijing 2022, a hotel will be built next to the centre which is expected to host art and cultural events such as concerts and outdoor exhibitions.

The Genting Snow Park, which opened in January 2012 and consists of six slopes used for aerials, moguls, halfpipe, slopestyle, parallel and ski and snowboard cross competitions.

There are ambitions for the park to host events including FIS World Cups and the Winter X Games, Beijing 2022 said.

The National Ski Jumping Centre in Zhangjiakou is tipped as a venue for future World Championships and World Cup legs by organisers.

"After the Games, the National Ski Jumping Centre will provide commercial functions and operate in all seasons, becoming an all season, full-time, and regionwide destination that integrates ice and snow recreation, holiday resort, and outdoor mountain activities for visitors from all around the world," said Beijing 2022.

The centre forms part of the Guyangshu cluster in Zhangjiakou which also includes the National Biathlon Centre and Cross-Country Skiing Centre.

There are plans for the Genting Snow Park to stage World Cup competitions ©Beijing 2022
There are plans for the Genting Snow Park to stage World Cup competitions ©Beijing 2022

Beijing 2022 said there had been plans to dissemble the biathlon venue but claims it is now due to stage "premium professional sporting events" including the International Biathlon World Cup and World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.

During the non-winter seasons, Beijing 2022 revealed that the centre would stage "fitness-for-all events", including roller skating, cycling, hiking and orienteering.

Beijing is the first city to host both the Summer and Winter editions of the Olympics, with several venues such as the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, also used at Beijing 2008.

China has claimed it has surpassed its target of getting 300 million people participating in winter sports by the time of the Winter Olympics.

A report conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics of China found that 346 million people had taken part in outdoor and indoor winter sports-related leisure activities since 2015 when Beijing was awarded the Games.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach claims Beijing 2022 will be the start of a "new era" for the global winter sport industry.

The full Beijing 2022 Legacy Case Studies document can be read here.