Brace yourselves, winter is upon us. So is the ski & snowboarding season here in South Korea! Which is why we’ve put together a list of 12 most critically acclaimed ski resorts all over Korea for you to consider visiting during the winter. Continue reading to find out where you could go!
1. Yongpyong Ski Resort
Yongpyong Ski Resort is located at the base of Mt. Balgwangsan in Pyeongchang and is the largest ski resort in Korea. It’s one of the all-time favorite ski resorts among skiers and snowboarders, thanks to the average annual snowfall of 250cm. With a total of 28 slopes, Yongpyong Ski Resort provides ski & snowboard enthusiasts with multiple levels of fun at different heights depending on their skill level. No wonder it was used as a venue for Alpine Skiing during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Of course, skiing and snowboarding will be lots of fun, but there are other things to check out while you’re here. There’s a 3.7km long Gondola ride to the peak of the resort (Dragon Peak). Look out the gondola and you’ll realize just how large the resort is when we say it’s large. Reach the peak and you’ll be greeted by a Swiss-style building running a cafe, a steakhouse and a Korean restaurant for any of you who need a break from all the skiing and snowboarding.
As Korea’s largest ski resort, you’ll need two days to experience everything Yongpyong Ski Resort has to offer, so here it is: https://bit.ly/2Bq6h1L
2. Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski Resort
Adding new facilities every year, Vivaldi Park in Daemyung Resort is known as a trendsetter among ski resorts. Located in Hongcheon, Gangwondo, it offers the best night skiing experience and slopes full of twists and turns. It’s the perfect venue for thrill-seeking youngsters in their teens and twenties. Daemyung Vivaldi Park is so famous that it’s been the most visited ski resort in Korea for seven consecutive years. With only 12 slopes, it’s impressive how they’ve managed to remain as the most visited. There are a number of reasons behind its immense popularity.
It can accommodate approximately 20,000 visitors daily, with multiple accommodation options. They have the largest lodging facilities. Vivaldi Park is also famous for operating a separate snowboarding facility known as the “Extreme Park”. It also offers much more than winter sports. They have an arcade, shooting/screen shooting range, a Kids World, ping-pong hall, bowling alley, sauna, internet cafe, beauty salon, and karaoke. There is Ocean World, a water park that operates a spa during winter for you to relax and warm up in. It is popular for all types of visitors - couples, friends, families alike.
Their old snow sled area underwent construction and was revamped into “Snowy Land”, with an upgraded snow sled area for the visitors who want to go sledding, and an outdoor snow park to stroll in when the sun sets and the lights dim.
Get tickets to Vivaldi Park Ski Resort with multiple options available such as a gondola lift pass, Snowy Land entrance ticket, and equipment & clothes rental!: https://bit.ly/2Qa6b6Q
3. Bokwang Phoenix Park Ski Resort
Bokwang Phoenix Park is a heaven to snowboarders, as it provides beautiful natural scenery as you go down the slopes. It’s perfect for those yearning for a day on the slopes admiring the scenery. Phoenix Park is located in Pyeongchang and was selected as the venue for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding event during 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics because it is equipped with a halfpipe. It’s where Korean American snowboarder Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal (gold) in Women’s Halfpipe at the age of 17.
This place is also popular due to large amounts of snowfall, giving it perfect conditions to ski and snowboard. It also facilitates a snow sled for those who can’t ski or snowboard, as well as operating a 5-star rated hotel and condos for accommodation.
4. Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort
Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort, located in Chuncheon, a city that embraces beautiful lakes and rivers, is one of the ski resorts frequently visited by day-trippers from Seoul. It’s the perfect ski resort for any beginner level skiers and snowboarders. Thanks to its proximity to Seoul and the convenient public transportation system, Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort is the only ski resort that is reachable by subway in Korea. There are 10 slopes in total and you can choose where to ski based on your ski skills. If you haven’t skied or snowboarded before they have lessons on offer too, so don’t worry. OR you could try the snow sleds, which are also great fun.
There are several popular attractions near Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort such as Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival and Seoraksan National Park. If you would like to do some sightseeing in the snowy countryside of Korea as well as skiing, Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort would be the best destination for your winter ski trip to Korea.
In fact, check out this link below for a list of combined offers consisting of Elysian Ski Resort ski/snowboarding tour, with other activities such as sightseeing at a discounted price IF you input the coupon code!: https://bit.ly/2TwConw
5. Alpensia Ski Resort
Alpensia Ski Resort is located in Pyeongchang and was also chosen as a venue for the Ski Jump event during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. It is a popular skiing spot for everyone, but we think it’s best for beginners, snowboarders and family unit skiers. Equipped with a total of 6 slopes; Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, (in order of difficulty) they offer skiing lessons in a separate lesson area for beginners. When you are at Alpensia Ski Resort, you must visit 3 famous attractions:
• Ocean 700 - family-friendly water park
• Alpensia Resort Sledding Slope - 80m of thrill filled sledding on a 4.3% incline
• Alpensia Alpine Coaster - one-man roller coaster going down a set of tracks at exhilarating speeds of up to 40km/h
Don’t forget to check out this ticket link to go on a 1 Day Tour to Alpensia Ski Resort!: https://bit.ly/2TzzCOw
6. High 1 Ski Resort
Located in Jeongseon, Gangwondo, High 1 Ski Resort boasts the purest snow powder out of all the other ski resorts in the area. High 1 Ski Resort does its best to maintain the snow condition on the slopes. Equipped with cutting-edge facilities, such as a hands-free detection system, visitors can enjoy the ride without having to show their lift tickets. It has a total number of 20 slopes for lots of people to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. One great feature about this Ski resort is that its ski schools are catered to handicapped skiers, and so there are convenient facilities for people with special needs.
You know when you leave the room and realize you forgot to bring something out with you? And it takes you ages to go back to your room? Well, here you don’t have to worry about any of that, because the condos are easy to access by taking a gondola. There is also something here that nowhere else has: a 360-degree revolving restaurant that offers a panoramic view of Mt. Baekwoonsan. High1 Ski Resort also operates an alpine coaster reaching max speeds of 40km/h. There is also a casino called Gangwon Land if you ever get bored of ski and snowboarding, which we think you never will.
7. Oak Valley Ski Resort
If you’re looking for a quieter ski resort in Gangwondo, Oak Valley Ski Resort in Wonju, also known as Hansol Oak Valley Resort, is the one for you. The ski resort has a relaxing atmosphere compared to other ski resorts in the area and has a good mix of slopes and off-the-slope attractions for families. With a total of 9 slopes, Oak Valley offers you different experiences for each slope! There are numerous facilities for children, especially for those who do not wish to ski or snowboard. They can visit these facilities or try snow sledding instead!
Apart from the winter sports, you can try other activities such as swimming in the indoor swimming pool, or relax in a sauna after you ski and snowboard. Strike all the ten pins in their bowling alley, or let your kids go wild in the children’s playground area! Oak Valley is the best place for family unit visitors.
8. Jisan Forest Ski Resort
Located in Icheon, Jisan Forest Ski Resort not only is one of the best family-friendly ski resorts you can find, but it is also a great option if you’re completely new to skiing. The resort is small and cozy, and the easy and gentle slopes are perfect for beginners and intermediates. Out of 7 slopes, there are 2 beginner slopes, 4 high and low-level intermediate slopes, and 2 advanced slopes. The low-level intermediate slopes are ideal for beginners and older children to practice and upgrade their skills. The ski resort offers a Sunkid lift in the form of an escalator, allowing beginner level skiers to reach the beginner slope with ease. Plus, most of the resort’s properties are located in the center, which means your family will enjoy a short walk from the property.
9. Bears Town Ski Resort
Located in Pocheon, Bears Town Ski Resort is the biggest ski resort near Seoul, with an area of 1,322,314 square meters. Being a large-scale resort, Bears Town Ski Resort has FIS certified slopes and fast ski lifts that can transport 15,200 skiers per hour. The ski resort also offers non-ski family activities such as sledding down a hill. Bears Town Ski Resort has the longest sledding slope in the country and it’s just as fun! If you wish to do other activities, they have an indoor pool to swim in, a tennis court for those of you who like playing tennis, a bowling alley, an arcade, a karaoke for you singers out there, and of course a sauna to replenish your energy from all the fatigue of skiing and snowboarding!
You can also visit Pocheon Herb Island from here, which is a popular attraction, especially at night. In daylight, it is a huge park showcasing a huge amount of flora, but when the sun goes down, it turns into a whole new world of bright, colorful lights. Perfect place for your SNS profile pics! There is also the Pocheon Art Valley which used to be a quarry, now transformed into an area that showcases culture and art.
10. Konjiam Ski Resort
As the first ski resort limiting the number of skiers on the slopes at a time, Konjiam Ski Resort is the perfect place to go if you’re someone who wants to enjoy skiing with minimum waiting around. Located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, this ski resort is a great option for those wanting a quick ski trip from the capital! It takes only an hour and a half by car from Seoul. Offering the largest ski slopes among ski resorts in the metropolitan area, Konjiam Ski Resort is equipped with 11 slopes that are well maintained.
As mentioned in the beginning, it limits the daily number of skiers to 7000, due to the safety and comfort of visitors. This may not sound like something nice, but the good side of this is that once you enter the ski resort, you don’t have to wait for a long time for ski lifts to arrive. (only 15 minutes or less). This place is all about efficient running. They sell tickets called a ME-TIME Pass, allowing visitors to select the times they wish to ski, instead of purchasing a regular pass based on the time of day. The introduction of this ticket has led to a more efficient, comfortable, and hassle-free skiing experience!
11. Welli Hilli Park Ski Resort
Welli Hilli Park Ski Resort sits in Hoengseong, Gangwon-do, which is another place in South Korea that experiences heavy snowfall, providing the perfect skiing and snowboarding environment. This ski resort has a total of 19 slopes available for all customers, ranging from entry-level skiers/snowboarders to expert-level riders. Welli Hilli Park has an international scale halfpipe, boasting a length of 180 m, and lip to lip width of 17 m. The halfpipe is mainly for the snowboarders who enjoy pulling off halfpipe tricks, but it is open to skiers as well.
Welli Hilli Park also has a snow sledding slope for those who don’t want to ski or snowboard. If you come with your kids, revisit your child-like innocence by riding the snow sled in a world of excitement and fun racing through pure white snow! Other facilities that Welli Hilli Park runs are an indoor swimming pool, with three sides made of full glass for four-season usage; the pool is chilled during the summer season while warmed during the winter season. It also has a sauna, table tennis tables, badminton courts, a bowling alley and a karaoke for all to enjoy.
12. Eden Valley Ski Resort
If you’re in Busan and you want to go skiing, Eden Valley is the place to go! Busan doesn’t snow as often and as much as the resorts mentioned above, but it still offers you infinite amounts of fun. Eden Valley is praised as the one and only ski resort in Gyeongsang-do to be family friendly. Only taking an hour from Busan, it also offers accommodation in White Palace Condominium with rooms for 4~6 people! Perfect for a family who is considering a visit.
Thanks to its easy access from Busan, you can do some sightseeing as well as visit Eden Valley Ski Resort to ski and snowboard. How about having a look around Gamcheon Culture village? With lots of pretty murals, cute statues, and artistic decorations of the village, you’ll feel like walking somewhere in the world of ‘Wizard of Oz’.