Enjoy a snowy adventure at these 7 ski resorts in South Korea

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.

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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.

Vivaldi Park

Vivaldi Park

Considering its proximity to Seoul, Vivaldi Park’s Ski World is definitely the most popular among the young crowd. The most-visited ski resort in South Korea is less than an hour away from the country’s capital. State of the art facilities such as Asia’s first 8-seater express chairlift and gondola allow the largest skiing area in the Seoul metropolitan region to take as much as 20,000 visitors daily up its slopes.

 

Vivaldi Park, 262, Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea, +82 1588-4888

Konjiam Resort

Konjiam Resort

Another ski resort that has close proximity to Seoul is Konjiam Resort, which is only a 90-minute drive south of the South Korean capital. It relies on artificial snow to maintain the snow park. Since it’s located at a mountain with low altitude, the length of its slopes is relatively shorter compared to others. But unlike Vivaldi Park, you’ll love the development’s policy to limit visitor admission to only 7,000 every day. This daily cap guarantees that skiers will queue up no longer than 15 minutes.

Konjiam Resort, 278, Docheogwit-Ro, Docheok-Myeon, Gwangju-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea, +82-2-3777-2100

Phoenix Pyeongchang Snow Park

Phoenix Snowpark

Pyeongchang in Gangwon-do is a major sports region in South Korea that will host the Winter Olympic Games next year. A two-hour drive away from Seoul, Phoenix Snow Park is known for its superb facilities — so much so that the International Ski Federation approved four of its total 17 slopes. First-time skiers will have the best time learning as the resort has received praises for its impeccable handling of large groups of skiers as it offers the most extensive selection and ski/snowboard instruction.

Phoenix Pyeongchang Snow Park, 1095, Myeonon-ri, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea, +82 1588 2828

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Yongpyong Resort

Yong Pyong

Around three-hour drive east of Seoul, Yongpyong is perhaps the biggest ski and snowboard resort in South Korea. This 43-acre ski resort rests on a range of 700 meters above see level that features 28 slopes, which can accommodate beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert skiers. The most popular of which are the Rainbow, Gold, and Mega Green slopes that overlook a 45-hole golf course, premium hotels, and European-style condominiums.

Yongpyong Resort, 130, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea, +82 1588-0009

High1 Resort

High1 Ski

Aside from its beautifully clean and puffy snow, High1 Resort boasts an altitude of 1,345 meters that’s considered the highest among other slopes in Korea. It features 14 slopes that start from the three peaks found in Baekwoon Mountain — Jijang Mountain, Valley Top, and Mountain Hub peaks. Beginners shouldn’t worry, though. As the soft snow naturally protects everyone from getting hurt, skiers can enjoy fairly long courses such as Victoria, Hera, and Apollo that run from 1,439 to 1,830 meters long.

High1 Resort, 265, High1-gil, Sabuk-eup, Jeongsun-kun, Gangwon Province, South Korea,+82-1588-7789

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Muju Deogyusan Resort

Muju Deogyusan Resort

Nature lovers will have the best time visiting Muju Deogyusan Resort since it’s located in one of Korea’s beautiful national parks — making it one of South Korea’s most famous mountain peak ski and snow board resorts. Located in Gucheon-dong Valley at the base of Deogyusan Mountains, it’s about three hours away from Seoul and covers an area of over 7 million square meters. Skiing might require more effort as the resort relies on artificial snow.

Muju Deogyusan Resort, 185, Manseon-ro, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do, Jeonbuk, South Korea, +82 63 322 9000

Alpensia Resort

Alpesia

It may not have as many slopes like Yongpyong or Phoenix Ski Resorts, but Alpensia’s six slopes is a haven for beginner and intermediate skiers. In fact, the relatively quiet resort will be completely shut off from the public to provide additional practice facility for athletes who would be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics beginning mid-January next year.

Alpensia Resort, 225-3 Yongsan-ri, Daekwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea, +82 33 339 0000

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