Folks, It's time to hit the slopes!

by Korea Tourism Organization
Korea Tourism Organization

Many of the ski resorts in Korea are scattered throughout Gangwon-do, the region that receives the most annual snowfall. These facilities, despite their location outside the popular city of Seoul, attract thousands of tourists each year who come to enjoy the winter season hitting the slopes. Equipped with modern facilities and offering a range of slopes (everything from bunny to black diamond), these resorts have a little something for everyone. A number of these great resorts are situated just outside Seoul's city limits, allowing for quick and convenient ski trips.

Most ski resorts are large leisure focused facilities that stay open all year round and offer plush accommodations and amenities. Of course, the most popular time to visit these kinds of resorts is during the peak ski season from mid-December to the end of February. During this time, prices for accommodations go up and rooms fill up fast, so visitors who are unable to get lodging within the resort complexes are advised to look into hotels, motels, or pensions (inns) in the surrounding area.

All of the resorts on our list offer both skiing and snowboarding, though new snowboarding facilities are constantly being added to keep up with the increasing popularity of the relatively new sport. Skiing and snowboarding facilities at the resorts are usually open from mid-November and early December until March or April. During this time, Korea's ski resorts become the nation's vacation hotspots, attracting visitors from home and abroad to the pristine mountainsides for unforgettable wintertime fun. Whether it is adrenaline-packed runs down the mountain, sledding with the kids, or long, luxurious soaks in slope-side hot tubs, Korea's ski resorts are sure to provide you with a memorable vacation.

Ski Resorts near Seoul

Icheon: Jisan Forest Ski Resort

Located in Icheon-si City, Gyeonggi-do, Jisan Forest Resort is only 40 minutes away from Gangnam to the south of Seoul, meaning that even when accommodations are booked, visitors can make a daytrip out to this beautiful ski resort.

There are seven main ski slopes and 3 sub-slopes, all of which are open to both skiers and snowboarders. Thanks to the 5 high-speed lifts, there is no waiting in line, and there is even an escalator for children and beginners.

The lifts are equipped with heated seats for a warm, comfortable ride. Even though this particular resort is on the smaller side, it is packed with convenient facilities at inexpensive prices. The resort is a great value for the price and gives its visitors an affordable winter sports experience without sacrificing quality.

Period: Dec 5, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.jisanresort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-31-644-1391 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Icheon Culture & Tourism: http://tour.icheon.go.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Nearby attractions: Cerapia / Icheon Termeden

Gwangju: Konjiam Resort

Located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, Konjiam Resort is the largest ski resort in the Seoul vicinity and limits its number of daily skiers (maximum: 7,000 skiers per day). The resort has a total of 11 slopes (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert) and even has an arboretum, ecological river, and a spa.

Period: Dec 6, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.konjiamresort.co.kr (Korean)
Tel: +82-31-8026-5431 (Korean, English)
Gwangju Culture & Tourism: http://www.gjcity.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Nearby attractions: Namhansanseong Provincial Park / Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum

Namyangju: Star Hill Resort

Located in Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Star Hill Resort is 32 km away from Seoul (City Hall), making it possible for visitors to enjoy a full day of skiing without having to stay overnight. Each of the six slopes has its own exclusive lift, drastically cutting down wait times.

This small, cozy resort nestled in the foothills outside Seoul has well-developed facilities and a convenient location that has made it increasingly popular among visitors from Seoul and the nearby metro areas.

Period: Dec 5, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.starhillresort.com/ (Korean)
Tel: +82-2-2233-5311 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Namyangju Culture & Tourism: http://www.nyj.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Nearby attractions: Cheonmasan County Park / KOFIC Namyangju Studios / Chungnyeongsan Recreational Forest

Pocheon: Bears Town Ski Resort

Located in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do, Bears Town Resort is a great place for a one-day ski or snowboard trip since it's only about 50 minutes away from Seoul. The resort offers a slope exclusively for expert skiers, two slopes for advanced skiers, two slopes for advanced/intermediate skiers, and three slopes for beginners. All slopes are open for snowboarding and there are 8 lifts, including one express lift. The resort is a popular family destination because of its long sledding hill measuring 400 meters in length.

Period: Dec 4, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.bearstown.com (Korean)
Tel: +82-31-540-5136,7 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Pocheon Culture & Tourism: http://www.pcs21.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Nearby attractions: Korea National Arboretum and Forest Museum / Sanjeong Lake / The Garden of Morning Calm

Yongin: Yangji Pine Resort Ski Valley

Located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, the Yangji Pine Resort Ski Valley offers a sledding hill, 6 ski lifts, and 10 slopes for various skill levels. Night skiing is very popular at Yangji Pine Resort and the well-lit slopes give visitors a nighttime ski experience that is as safe as it is thrilling.

The Snow Park for snowboarders is equipped with various obstacles. The resort also offers a mogul ski course for experts and thrill seekers as well as ski and snowboard lessons.

Period: Dec 5, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.pineresort.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-31-338-2001 (Korean)
Slope map
Yongin Culture & Tourism: http://www.yonginsi.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Nearby attractions: Korean Folk Village / Everland

Ski Resorts in Gangwon-do

Pyeongchang: Alpensia Ski Resort

Alpensia Resort is tucked away in the mountains at about 700m above sea level and is known for its excellent snow quality and sweeping views of the majestic Daegwallyeong Mountain Range.

As the main venue for the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics, Alpensia Resort has recently been the subject of much buzz across the nation and in the international sports community. Though the resort is currently equipped with competition venues for ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and biathlon events, construction is still underway for luge, bobsled, and skeleton facilities for use during the Olympics. Even before Pyeongchang won the 2018 Olympic bid, the resort received attention as the filming location of "Take Off" (2009), a movie about Korea's first national ski jumping team. Accommodations available within the resort grounds include the Holiday Inn and Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang, Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort, and Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang.

Period: Nov 22, 2015 – Mar 15, 2016
Website: http://www.alpensiaresort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-33-339-0000(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Slope map
Nearby attractions: Odaesan National Park / Eco Green Campus / Korea Botanic Garden
Related column: Pyeongchang, nature’s playground

Pyeongchang: Yongpyong Ski Resort

Located at a range of altitudes between 700-1,500m above sea level in what is affectionately known as the "Alps of Korea," Yongpyong Resort bears the distinction of being the first ski resort in Korea to offer modern facilities. Many people even go so far as to say that this particular resort is a symbol of the development and popularization of skiing across the nation.

Yongpyong Resort can accommodate more skiers at a time than any other venue in the country and has built a strong international reputation having successfully hosted the World Cup Ski Championships, the Winter Asian Games, and other international ski competitions. Widely known as a filming location of the famous drama "Winter Sonata," the ski resort is especially popular among tourists from Japan and other Asian countries.

The resort developers took advantage of the area's natural terrain and developed top-notch facilities that are said to be among the best ski facilities in Korea. The resort's 28 slopes (6 slopes of which have been approved for international competition), half-pipes (larger than standard size), and 15 lifts (including a 7.4km round-trip gondola) offer visitors a variety of ski and snowboarding facilities that make for a comfortable and exciting wintertime getaway.

The slopes of Yongpyong see an average annual snowfall of 250 centimeters, meaning that this excellent facility can stay open slightly longer than the standard ski season. During the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, Yongpyong will host the alpine competitions.

Period: Nov 13, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/index.asp (Korean, English)
Tel: +82-33-335-5757 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Nearby attractions: Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm / Woljeongsa Temple / Dutasan Recreational Forest

Pyeongchang: Bogwang Phoenix Park Ski Resort

Phoenix Park is not only known for its 21 slopes—many with excellent panoramic views— but has also gained attention nationwide for its "Extreme Park," a snowboarding park complete with a half-pipe, tabletop, rails and more.
Additional facilities include an 8-person gondola and a system of 8 lifts that are differentiated by slope difficulty. Perched 700m up on Taegisan Mountain, Phoenix Park has beautiful natural scenery, perfect powder, and exceptional facilities (like the mountaintop Mount Blanc restaurant), which all make for a stellar skiing and snowboarding experience. To relax after a long day of skiing or snowboarding, spa facilities are available at Phoenix Park Blue Canyon located inside the resort.

In 2011, Phoenix Park continued to add to its facilities by completing competition runs for snowboarding and mogul skiing that will be used for the freestyle ski and snowboarding competition during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Period: Nov 13, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.phoenixpark.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-33-330-3000 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Nearby attractions: Herbnara Farm / Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village

Hongcheon: Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World

Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World was the first ski resort in Korea to offer nighttime skiing and as such, has become a favorite among young skiers in their teens and twenties. Even the slope names (Hip-Hop, Techno, Funky, etc.) are geared towards young adults. Some of the more advanced slopes are uniquely designed with unexpected twists and turns for maximum thrills.

For those who are new to winter sports, Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World provides the perfect setting to safely enjoy skiing and snowboarding. There are a variety of slopes with different inclines and distances to give new snow sport enthusiasts the perfect chance to gradually work their way up from the bunny slopes to the more advanced courses. In all, the park offers 14 different slopes and 10 lifts.

Daemyung Vivaldi Park also includes Vivaldi Park Ocean World where you can relax at the spa after a long day of hitting the slopes.

Period: Nov 14, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.daemyungresort.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-33-430-7540,1 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Nearby attractions: Sutasa Temple / Hongcheongang River / Sambong Recreational Forest

Hoengseong: Wellihilli Park

Recognized for its size and safety by the International Ski Federation (FIS), Wellihilli Park (formerly Sungwoo Resort) is equipped with half-pipes and boardwalk conveyer lifts that meet the size qualifications for international competition. Its FIS certification and variety of facilities has made it a popular destination for serious snowboarders.

The resort offers 19 slopes ranging from bunny slopes to black diamond courses and a mogul course to maximize fun and thrills. The Fun Park is the largest terrain park of its kind in Korea and offers more than 10 facilities including a c-box, x-box, and wall ride for snowboarders to practice their tricks.

Period: Nov 15, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.wellihillipark.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-33-340-3770 (Korean, English)
Nearby attractions: Cheongtaesan Recreational Forest / Hoengseong Hot Springs

Jeongseon: High1 Ski Resort

Located in one of the most pristine regions of Gangwon-do, High1 Resort offers 18 fantastic slopes each beginning at one of three peaks. For beginners, there is a 4.2 kilometer-long gently-sloping course that starts 1,345 meters above sea level. High1 Resort also has two slopes that have been used for World Cup ski competitions. The resort is known for its convenient facilities for people with disabilities and special needs.

High1 Resort offers state-of-the-art lifts including an automatic reading system for lift passes. Nearby Attractions include Kangwon Land Casino, a theme park, trekking routes, sleigh rides, and a golf course.

Period: Nov 19, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.high1.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-33-590-7918,9 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Nearby attractions: Gangwon Land Casino / Hwaam Cave / Auraji Lake

Chuncheon: Elysian Gangchon

Elysian Gangchon is a deluxe leisure facility that is easily accessible from Seoul. Take the Gyeongchun Railway Line to Baegyang-ri Station and you'll soon find yourself walking through the doors of the resort.

The ski resort has 6 lifts, snowboarding facilities, and 10 slopes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers. The Board Park (the main snowboarding area) is designed for beginner and intermediate riders. Winter sports enthusiasts who need a little extra help with their technique can sign up for boarding or skiing lessons before heading out on their own.

One thing that sets this resort apart from others is the relatively open layout of the slopes (all of which are 1km in length). When skiing down the ridges, skiers are treated to a wide-open view of the beautiful scenery. The ski resort is typically open from December to March of each year.

Period: Dec 5, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.elysian.co.kr (Korean)
Tel: +82-33-260-2000 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Nearby attractions: Gangchon Resort / Gugok Falls / Namiseom Island
Related column: Romantic Excursions: Seoul to Chuncheon on the Gyeongchunseon Line

Wonju: Oak Valley Snow Park

Adjacent to an oak tree forest (hence its name), Oak Valley Snow Park is smaller than most ski parks in Korea. As a result, it offers a cozy, welcoming atmosphere and skiing slopes free from the usual crowds. The resort has 9 slopes (2 for beginners, 5 for intermediate, and 2 for advanced skiers), and operates a high-speed lift for skiers to quickly get back up the mountain to enjoy as much skiing as possible.

Oak Valley Snow Park is one of the best parks for snowboarders because there are no crowds and plenty of space to try new maneuvers! The resort operates a ski and snowboarding school as well as sleigh rides for beginners.

Period: Dec 3, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.oakvalley.co.kr (Korean, English)
Tel: +82-33-769-7777 (Korean, English)
Representative call number: +82-33-730-3500 (Korean)
Slope map
Nearby attractions: Chiaksan National Park / Baegunsan Recreational Forest (Wonju)

Gangwon-do Travel Info
Website: http://www.gangwon.to (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Related column: Endless Charms of Gangwon-do, Site of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games

Ski Resorts in Central & Southern Korea

Muju: Deogyusan Ski Resort

Located inside Deogyusan National Park in Muju, Jeollabuk-do, the Muju Deogyusan Resort has long been a popular ski destination for both Korean and international skiers. This gorgeous mountain ski resort not only has a large number of ski courses, but also has breathtaking views that allow skiers to take in the beauty of the snow-covered slopes while they ski. The resort's Silk Road Slope, which starts 1,520 meters above sea level from the peak of Mount Deogyusan, is a fantastic course that skiers describe as "gliding through the clouds."

At 6.1km in length, the Silk Road Slope is the longest run in Korea and was designed for beginner and intermediate skiers. The resort is divided into two main sections, the Manseon Base with 12 slopes, and Seolcheon base with 10 slopes, which includes the Silk Road Slope. For a refreshing experience, try the outdoor hot springs after a day of skiing.

Period: Dec 5, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.deogyusanresort.com (Korean, English)
Tel: +82-63-320-7777 (Korean, English)
Slope map
Muju Culture & Tourism: http://tour.muju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Nearby attractions: Deogyusan National Park / Bandi Land

Jeollabuk-do Travel Info
Website: http://www.gojb.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Related columns Recommended travel in Jeollabuk-do / Food Lovers Tour of Jeollabuk-do

Yangsan: Eden Valley Resort

Located 1,200 meters above sea level on Sinbulsan Mountain in Gyeongsangnam-do, Eden Valley Resort is the only ski resort in the South Gyeongsang. Of the seven slopes (ranging in length from 454 meters to 1,495 meters), two are for beginners, three are for intermediate skiers and two are for advanced skiers.

Each slope has a different starting point, but they all wind gently down along the mountainside to come together at the base. The three lifts are so fast that there is hardly any waiting. The resort also offers tube sledding and sleigh rides.

Period: Dec 13, 2015 – Closing date undecided
Website: http://www.edenvalley.co.kr (Korean)
Tel: +82-55-379-8000 (Korean)
Nearby attractions: Gajisan Provincial Park / Tongdosa Temple / Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest

Gyeongsangnam-do Travel Info
Website: http://gntour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Korea Tourism Organization website

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