From November to March every year, in Korea, it’s skiing season! The most popular places are Gangwon-do and Gyeonggi-do, but there are many ski resorts and with so many options, why not leave it to KKday to sort out the best of the best for you.
Phoenix Park Ski Resort
The host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Phoenix Park Ski Resort in Pyeonchang, is prime ski country. 21 slopes, beginner, intermediate and advanced courses, there are options suitable for all levels and abilities. There are also snowboarding facilities if that’s more your thing!
Phoenix Park Ski Resort is popular among locals as well as visitors and it is easy to see why. Off the slopes, is a superb resort village, complete with restaurants, super market, spa, shopping street, indoor swimming pool, bowling and a golf course!
Website: Phoenix Park Ski Resort
Nearby attractions: Herbnara Farm, Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village
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Transport: Take bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jangpyeong Bus Terminal then take free shuttle bus to Phoenix Park Ski Resort (Total time about 2 – 2.5 hours)
Opened in 2008, Gangwon’s High1 Resort is one of the three biggest ski resorts in Korea. With great views of surrounding mountains, beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes and cable cars, High1 is a great pick for families. High1 is also well known for their environmental protection efforts in keeping the surrounding mountains, rivers and forests beautiful and clean.
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Nearby attractions: Gangwon Land Casino, Hwaamdonggul Cave
- Take train from Cheongnyangni Station to Gohan Station, then take the High1 shuttle or a taxi (Total travel time 4 hours)
- Take bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gohan/Sabuk Bus Terminal, then take the High1 shuttle or a taxi
Getting to High1 is a little less convenient, perhaps consider a 1 or 2 day trip with travel from Seoul included, such as this one: Gangwon High1 Two-Day Ski Trip
Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Ski World
If you’re looking for something a little closer to Seoul without sacrificing on quality, then have a look at Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Ski World. Only a short journey from Seoul and the slopes are directly accessible from the resort, it is perfect for shorter trips and even day trips. If you do decide to stay over, you won’t be disappointed, Daemyung Resort has fantastic facilities and is the largest resort village in Korea!
Website: Daemyung Resort Vivaldi
Nearby attractions: Vivaldi Park, Vivaldi Ocean World
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Transport: Take the subway from Yongsan to Obin (2000 Won) then take free shuttle bus to Vivaldi Resort.
Even though Alpensia only has 6 slopes, it’s still an excellent choice for families and beginners. The courses have been specifically designed for starters and intermediate skiers. It’s also the resort of choice for snowboarders too.
Transport: Take bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (near Gangbyeon Station) to Hoenggye Bus Terminal then take a taxi to Alpensia
Elysian is another very conveniently located ski resort, connected directly to Seoul via 1 hour subway ride. A great option for short stays and day trips, Elysian is located inside a mountain valley making it both, even safer and spectacularly beautiful. It’s also excellent for skiers of all abilities, especially beginners and has a training area to get you fully prepared to hit the slopes!
Note: Nearby is Namisum, a beautiful tiny island that is well worth a day trip.
Website: Elysian Gangchon
Nearby attractions: Gangchon Rail Bike, Gangchon Day Tour, Namisum Island
- Train – From Yongshan Station or Cheongnyangni Station take the ITX Train to Gangchon Station and take shuttle bus to Elysian Resort
- Subway – From Sangbong Station take the Gangchon line to Baegyang-ri Station, then take shuttle bus to Elysian Resort
- Bus – Take bus from Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gangchon
Yangji Pine Resort
Yangji Pine Resort courses are designed with beginners in mind, making this a good choice for newbies and the whole family. Don’t worry if you’re already no longer a beginner though, Yangji also has intermediate and advanced slopes for any pros out there. There is also the Snow Park Course, which offers obstacle courses for both skiers and snowboarders.
Yangji Pine Resort is also home to the yearly National Alpine Ski Competition, held on the Challenger Course.
Website: Yangji Pine Resort
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Nearby attractions: Korean Folk Village, Everland Theme Park, Yongin MBC Daejanggeum Park
- From Nanbu Bus Station, take the bus towards Jincheon, get off at Yangji and take a taxi
- From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take the bus to Yongin, then take a taxi
- Take a shuttle bus, this will need to be booked in advance via Yangji Pine Resort website.
Only a 40 minute drive from Seoul (about 2 hours by bus), Konjiam Resort is the biggest ski resort in Gyeonggi-do. There are three ski lifts, 9 varied ski courses, including the longest beginner/intermediate course which is 1.8 Km! The resort itself also has a variety of facilities such as spa, pool, restaurant and bar for visitors to use.
Note: Access to the slopes is limited to 7000 people for safety, comfort and to ensure a lift waiting time of no longer than 15 minutes.
Website: Konjiam Resort
- From Gangbyun Station exit 1, take the 1113-1 bus, get off at Dongwon University Buses run every 5-10 minutes (First bus at 5:40 / Last bus at 01:10)
- From Jamsil Station exit 6, take 500-1 bus, get off at Dongwon University
Buses run every 8-15 minutes (First bus 05:40 / Last bus at 01:10)
- From Gangnam Station exit 6, take the 500-2 bus, get off at Dongwon University Buses run every 10-20 minutes (First bus at 06:10 / Last bus at 23:35)
Another resort easily accessible from Seoul via subway, Bears Town despite being close to the city suburbs still has International Ski Federation (FIS) certified courses. Even though Bears Town is smaller than most of the other resorts mentioned, it is ideal for those on a short trip to Seoul who still want a quick skiing experience. There are courses for all abilities and ages such as, for beginners (Little Bear) and advanced skiers (Big Polar).
Website: Bears Town
Nearby attractions: Korea National Arboretum, Sanjung Lake, The Garden of Morning Calm
- Free Shuttle Bus – Timetable
- Subway – Take Line 2 to Gangbyun Station
If you are planning on a ski trip to Gyeonggi-do, we recommend seeing some of the other things Gyeonggi-do has to offer such as, Petit France, Yeoju Premium Outlets, Paju City, Everland and Korean Folk Village, all in Gyeonggi-do!
Are You Prepared?
Even though most resorts will offer rental clothes for you to borrow, you should still prepare some of your own gear such as hats, gloves and socks. Don’t forget to ensure your stuff is waterproof and windproof. If your socks get wet, it won’t matter how many layers of clothing you put on, you’ll still be cold!
Don’t forget to dress in multiple layers for your own ease and comfort. When you go inside there will most likely be heating so it would be useful to be able to peel a layer or two off. Also don’t forget, Skiing is pretty tiring, try not to wear too many heavy clothes that will just weigh you down.
Ski goggles are standard equipment for skiing, but remember, when picking out your goggles to choose a pair with good UV protection, as most have these days. Be aware that UV intensity increases with altitude as the atmosphere thins and even if it is cloudy you still need to protect yourself. If you are not careful the harmful rays can cause real pain or even temporary snow blindness. Don’t forget the sunscreen too!
If you’re a beginner in need of training, remember to pick a professional teacher / class. Learning how to ski properly will help you stay safe and help turn your ski trip into something productive and not a bad experience.
How to Fall
If you fall while skiing, remember to fall to your side and not straight up to prevent damaging your spine. Also choose the course appropriate to your skiing ability so as to not hurt yourself.
Warm Up, Stay Hydrated
Before you begin skiing, you should warm up your body by doing some stretches first, the weather will be cold and your body can become stiff, warming up will help reduce the chance of injuries and strains.
Remember to drink water too! Skiing is a physically strenuous activity, and the weather is dry, so while you’re having fun skiing it’s vital to remember to drink water.
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