By RIO ROSE RIBAYA
As the original was published on 6 December 2017
Winter has come. And while we’re left with the humid heat of the tropics, now’s the best time to escape to temperate countries covered in white, puffy snow. They’re not just pretty to look at — either up close or from chairlifts that give you a bird’s eye view; they also promise a great deal of fun. Granted that you strap a decent pair of skis, of course.
While South Korea may not spring immediately to mind when it comes to skiing, it has been famous for its world-class ski resorts. Their facilities are so well developed that professional athletes will all be coming to the Land of the Morning Calm to compete for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in the county of Pyeongchang.
The Taebaek Mountain Range bisects Korean Peninsula along the eastern side from Wonsan in North Korea all the way down to Busan in southern South Korea. Its highest peak reaches 1,708 meters in a pinnacle at Seoraksan, which makes Gangwon-do the best province to do snow sports.
Aside from Gangwon-do’s Yongpyong, Phoenix, and Alpensia Ski Resorts, attractions can also be found further afield in South Korea. While these famous snow parks may be closed to the public beginning mid-January next year, you can still enjoy snowy adventures in many popular resorts that dot the lower hills around Seoul.
So, before the Olympic crowds descend for the February games (perhaps, right after the competition is over), we’ve mapped out 7 ski resorts that you can visit until April for the best slopes.