Winter Tours
Top 3 Winter Sports to Enjoy in Korea

Winter in Korea is an attractive season with gorgeous snowy vistas and exciting winter sports. Gangwon-do Province, well known for its steep mountains and heavy snowfall, is also the venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Why don’t you visit and join in the fun of exciting winter sports in Korea, the host nation of the world’s greatest winter sporting festival?

Our first winter sports are skiing and snowboarding.

Once winter sets in, many Koreans rush to their favorite ski resorts. The thrill and freedom of sliding down a snowy mountain makes skiing and snowboarding Korea’s most popular winter sports. Such popularity has made Gangwon-do ski resorts the coolest of winter destinations, based on superior snow quality and a wide variety of ski runs. 
Alpensia Ski Resort, one of the main venues of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, is all the rage! Alpensia’s slopes range from advanced slopes , certified by the International Ski Federation (FIS), to slopes for snowboarders and beginner skiers as well as slopes catering to family skiers, allowing anyone at any level to enjoy dynamic skiing and snowboarding experiences. Moreover, being the newest ski resort in Korea, Alpensia has state-of-the-art snow-making machines that produce the best quality snow. However, please note that this amazing ski resort is closed for general admission during the 2017/2018 winter season due to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Located in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do Province, High1 Ski Resort is another great place for skiers and snowboarders. The resort includes three mountain peaks over 1,000 m: Jijangsan Mountain Peak (1,345 m), Valley Top (1,376 m), and Mountain Hub (1,250 m). Plus, the ski slope from Valley Hub to Valley Condo is a whopping 4.2 km in distance. This lengthy course is not very steep and pretty much straight, making it popular even among beginner skiers. One more thing: High1 Ski Resort also runs a casino, offering a diverse range of fun activities for visitors.

Vivaldi Park in Hongcheon and Yongpyong Resort in PyeongChang are other popular skiing and snowboarding resorts Gangwon-do Province has to offer. Vivaldi Park has 12 slopes of various lengths and difficulty levels.
Notably, its Super Pipe is a mecca for snowboarders aspiring to hone their diverse skills. Yongpyong Resort, on the other hand, boasts a long history and reputation as Korea’s first ski resort. Its 21 slopes run the gamut of all levels—from beginner to advanced and extreme courses. What’s more, these two resorts also operate water parks where visitors can forget about winter chills and warm up by soaking in heated tubs and hot pools, making them all the more relaxing as winter getaways.

The second winter sport we will look at is skating.

Skating is another essential winter sport. Thanks to Kim Yeon-ah (also known as Kim Yuna), a global sports star sensation and 2010 Olympic champion, the number of skating enthusiasts has grown significantly. In particular, 
Lotte World Ice Skating Rink in downtown Seoul is a popular hot spot for families and children as well as a popular dating venue for young lovers. With a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, the skating rink boasts excellent ice quality. Moreover, its glass-covered dome captures the magic of natural sunlight in the day or allows visitors to delight in the sparkling vista of the theme park at night. 

The Grand Hyatt Seoul Ice Skating Rink is also recommend if you want to experience a more romantically-inclined ice skating rink. Frequently featured in numerous K-dramas and TV commercials, this ice rink is a true wonder with its gorgeous night scenery intermingled in sparkling lights. Moreover, it’s easily accessible via subway, making it even more popular among young couples. There is one caveat, don't forget this is an outdoor skating rink and is only open during the winter season.

Shinsegae Centum City in Busan, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, is home to another tourist-friendly ice skating rink. Centum City Ice Rink is an indoor ice rink open throughout the year. A huge bonus is its location in a shopping complex that includes a variety of convenient facilities. Plus, a one-day lesson is available for first timers. So, why not come on down and create indelible memories in this exotic ice rink located within a major shopping complex?

Our final winter sport is snow sledding,
a favorite winter childhood pastime

Scattered all across Korea are numerous snow sledding hills—the most popular winter destination for children! Among these, we recommend three tourist-friendly places located in the Seoul metropolitan area: 
Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill, 
Seoul Land Sledding Hills, and 
Korean Folk Village Sledding Hills. 

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill (only open during the winter season) is a popular hot spot for Seoulites. It’s a popular family destination, with a mild slope and ample amounts of artificial snow. What’s more, there are a variety of activities available, including bingeo (smelt) fishing and fun rides, making it a perfect destination right in the heart of Seoul.

Seoul Land Sledding Hills are also run only during the winter season. The entire area is designed under the theme of the popular cartoon character “Lava.” A special bunny-hill slope is set aside exclusively for young children and family tourists. Similarly, Korean Folk Village Sledding Hills, a popular hot spot among residents in the Seoul metropolitan area operates a steep and exciting slope for adults as well as a second safety-orientated slope for children. But more than anything, you can immerse yourself in an exotic winter landscape, as if traveling back in time as the slopes are located within a traditional cultural theme park that reproduces the traditional Korean way of life. Admissions to these sled hills are free for Seoul Land and Korean Folk Village visitors.
* This page was last updated on January 31, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here!


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