Where Can I Ski in Korea? : 6 Best Ski Resorts in Korea
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
Curious about skiing in Korea? There are approximately fifteen ski resorts in South Korea where 4 to 5 million people visit every year. The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics led to remodeling and updates at many resorts. Additionally, the Korean high-speed rail system, KTX, created a line to Pyeongchang for the Olympics which made transportation and hospitality better than ever. Many Korean ski areas are famous for being equipped with water parks, sledding, and indoor activity areas that can make your experience extra enjoyable! In this blog post, we have prepared introductions on six Korean ski resorts and their transportation system, facilities, size, and skiing environment.
Yongpyong Resort has been open for more than 40 years, and it is the oldest ski resort in Korea. You may think that the facilities here are outdated, but Yongpyong Resort received the Best Ski Resort Awards at the 2015 World Ski Awards held in Austria. Additional impressive changes were also made after the remodeling for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
From beginner to advanced, Yongpyong Resort has the right slope for you. There are a total of 28 slopes with breathtaking views. At the very top is the 5,600m long Rainbow Paradise Slope where beginning skiers can also enjoy the thrill of skiing. There are also slopes for experienced skiers where the World Cup was held, so Yongpyong Resort is a great choice for all levels of skiers.
It takes about three hours by car to get to the resort from Seoul, and there are also shuttle bus options. The KTX is an even speedier option. You can take the KTX from your starting location then take the shuttle bus to the resort. You can save about an hour this way!
If you prioritize travel time from Seoul and price while wanting to experience the best slopes for all levels of skiing, Vivaldi Park is an excellent choice. It is the only ski area in South Korea that offers a free shuttle bus from Seoul. It takes about an hour to get to Vivaldi Park, and Seoul has many transfer options to stops in Gyeonggi province, so Vivaldi Park is often considered the most convenient ski resort.
Vivaldi Park Ski World has a total of twelve slopes. The slopes here are not as long as the slopes at Yongpyong Resort, but they still offer a variety of levels for beginners and all the way to advanced skiers. The slope specs and snow conditions are consistently good, and the most noticeable part is that the Vivaldi Park runs until 4:00 am! Bright lighting makes night skiing safe and popular with many skiers. The fact that Vivaldi park is on the less expensive side and also has additional facilities such as Snowyland (where you can sled, play mini ice hockey, get food, etc.), Ocean World, and VR Adventure make this Vivaldi the most popular resort in Korea.
If quality and luxury describe your ideal skiing experience, we recommend High1 Resort. High1 has world-class snow quality, magnificent facilities, and convenient gondolas that will make your ski trip splendid. High1 has long and exciting slopes like Yongpyong where there are 4,200m of beginner’s slopes as well as FIS certified competition courses for various levels of skiers to enjoy.
High1 is about three hours away from Seoul by car which is further than some of the other available options, but the huge casino and Water World can make the trip worth it if you are looking for a longer ski trip.
Phoenix Park is located in Pyeongchang, Gangwon province. It was one of the official venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. You can see many snowboarders here as Phoenix Park is very popular with the snowboarders as it is equipped with freestyle ski and snowboard racing areas, Olympic half pipes, and rails. Lots of ski and snowboard competitions are held here, so Phoenix Park is also a great place to watch other skiers and snowboarders.
You can reserve a round trip shuttle bus to Phoenix Park from Seoul on their official website. The shuttle takes about two hours.
This ski resort is only 2km away from Yongpyong Resort. You can use the same shuttle bus or KTX line to get to Alpensia Resort. Alpensia is the most family-friendly ski resort in Korea, and the town-style resort with warm lights that shine the resort at night creates a beautiful ambience. While there are less slopes at Alpensia compared to other resorts, the lower number of visitors make it less crowded here. We strongly recommend Alpensia resort for family vacations and beginning skiers!
Muju Deogyusan Resort
Most Korean ski areas are located in Gyeonggi and Gangwon, but a popular ski area in the Southern part of Korea is Muju Deogyusan Resort. There are many levels of skiers here, and the snow is also great. The most memorable part of Muju Deogyusan is the view of the Deogyu Mountain as you come down the slopes.
Muju Deogyusan Resort has Korea’s longest course (6.1km) where both beginning and intermediate skiers can go on. It also has Korea’s steepest slope for the advanced skiers where you can feel the extreme thrill of the mountains. If you are planning on visiting here from Seoul, we recommend that you plan on visiting other places near the resort to make your long transportation worth it!
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