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.