Once winter sets in, many Koreans rush to their favorite ski resorts. 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 the place for hitting the slopes! Alpensia’s slopes range from advanced, certified by the International Ski Federation (FIS), to beginner and family-friendly slopes, so everyone in the family will enjoy themself. Moreover, being the newest ski resort in Korea, Alpensia has state-of-the-art snow-making machines that produce the best quality snow.
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 in case you’d like to do something indoors.
Vivaldi Park Ski World
in Hongcheon and Yongpyeong Resort
in PyeongChang are also two big skiing and snowboarding resorts. Vivaldi Park has 12 slopes of various lengths and difficulty levels. Notably, its Super Pipe is a mecca for snowboarders aspiring to hone their skills. Yongpyong Resort, on the other hand, boasts a reputation as being Korea’s first ski resort. Its 21 slopes run the gamut of all levels—from beginner to advanced and even some extreme courses. Happen to come during the summer? Don’t worry, both these resorts turn into water parks where visitors can relax and find relief from the summer heat.