Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
With the conclusion of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, attention now turns to Beijing, location of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Yanqing, a mountainous area outside of Beijing, will host the alpine skiing events and in the Fall of 2017, representatives from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries approached Jackson Hole through the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs to explore partnership opportunities in the build-up to Beijing 2022. China has never hosted a Winter Olympics before and the ski industry is in its infancy and there is strong interest in Jackson Hole ski expertise and building a ski culture in China.
In response, JHCGA organized a Jackson Hole fact-finding delegation. Led by Pete Muldoon, Jackson mayor, the delegation was in Yanqing and Beijing from February 27 – March 2nd.
During the weeklong trip, the delegation discussed opportunities around the Beijing Olympics and agreed to continue a cooperative dialogue, particularly related to winter sports exchanges and sustainability. As an initial step, JHCGA and partners will:
Explore the potential to send ski instructors, ski facilities operators, and young people to Yanqing, and creating ski training opportunities for Yanqing’s young skiers in Jackson Hole.
Work with partners such as NREL to explore developing an energy efficient - carbon free, “demonstration village”.
Other opportunities identified included the need for a broader U.S.-China dialogue about best practices in conservation, specifically related to visiting and developing National Parks, and sustainable destination management planning , a space where JHCGA has developed local planning alongside the Riverwind Foundation.