One of the best things about winter’s arrival is the chance to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Ski resorts in Korea offer slopes for a variety of skill levels, from absolute beginners to experts. The resorts also come equipped with modern facilities for visitors’ convenience. Most people visit ski resorts in Gangwon-do, the region that receives the most annual snowfall, or in the outskirts of Seoul.
Most resorts are large, leisure-focused facilities that stay open all year round and offer plush accommodations nestled in beautiful natural surroundings. Common amenities include sledding for children, gondolas and walking trails to take in the winter scenery, and spas to relax the body. As all ski resorts differ in prices and operating periods, it is strongly recommended to visit each resort’s official website for details before visiting. During the peak ski season, from mid-December to the end of February, visitors are recommended to reserve hotels, motels, or pensions (inns) ahead of time.
Phoenix Park is known for its many valley-style slopes and high-quality snow. The resort features ski courses for beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers, as well as a snowboard park, complete with a half pipe, table top, round quarter, and rails. The restaurant located at the top of the slopes offers perfect views of the resort. Phoenix Park will be hosting various competitions for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Affectionately known as the "Alps of Korea," Yongpyong Resort is a symbol of the development and popularization of skiing across the nation. The resort’s accommodations are located nearest to the ski slopes, which makes it a popular venue amongst skiers. The resort has a diversity of slopes, including the longest slope in the nation, in addition to a 7.4km round-trip gondola. With the resort’s high amount of annual snowfall, visitors can enjoy both an exciting ski trip and a beautiful winter getaway. Yongpyong Ski Resort will be hosting the alpine competitions for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park, located in Hongcheon, has become a favorite among young skiers in their teens and twenties; even the slope names like Hip-Hop, Techno, and Funky 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, 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. Overall, the park offers 12 different slopes and ten lifts. The resort also includes Vivaldi Park Ocean World where you can relax at the spa after a long day of hitting the slopes.
Recognized for its size and safety by the International Ski Federation (FIS), Welli Hilli Park Snow Park is equipped with an international-sized board walk super pipe. Its FIS certification and variety of facilities have made it a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders alike. The resort offers 20 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 facilities such as C-box, X-box, and wall box for snowboarders to practice their tricks.
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 pass. The resort offers six slopes with various courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and can accommodate up to 3,000 people at the same time. Snowboarding slopes and a long-distance sledding slope are specially designed for snowboarders and visitors with family respectively.
As the main venue for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Alpensia Resort will host many competition events, including but not limited to ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and bobsled. Unfortunately, the resort will not be operating a ski season this year, in preparation for the Olympics. However, visitors can still enjoy the many top-notch accommodation facilities within the Alpensia Resort complex, such as Holiday Inn and Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang, Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort, and Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang, with outstanding spa facilities. If you’re planning on watching the Olympics, be sure to check out Alpensia Resort!
Elysian Gangchon is a deluxe leisure complex that is only one hour away from Seoul by subway. Situated near Baegyang-ri Station (Gyeongchun Line), it is also the only resort accessible by the public transit system. The ski resort has ten slopes in an assortment of skill levels, and six lifts. Beginner and intermediate skier can take pleasure in knowing that eight of the ten slopes are designed for skiers with a low level of skill. The slopes have a stabilized canyon-type structure; when skiing down, skiers are able to enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful scenery. For beginners who need a little extra help before heading out on their own, ski and snowboard lessons are also available through the ski school program.
Located in one of the most pristine regions of Gangwon-do, High1 Ski Resort offers 18 fantastic slopes, each beginning at one of the park's three peaks. One of the peaks provides a 4.2 kilometer-long gently-sloping course for beginners. High1 Resort also has two slopes that have been used for Ski World Cup competitions. The resort is known for its convenient facilities for people with disabilities and special needs to enjoy skiing.
High1 Resort offers state-of-the-art lifts including an automatic reading system for lift passes and a hands-free detection system. Nearby attractions include Kangwon Land Casino, trekking routes, a sledding site and a golf course, making it a family-friendly ski resort.
Named for a nearby oak tree forest, 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 nine slopes, divided into two for beginners, five for intermediate, and two for advanced skiers. The resort also 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 snowboard school for beginners as well as a sledding hill.
Bears Town Resort is a great place for a one-day ski or snowboard trip since it is located in Pocheon, just outside of Seoul. It was the first resort in Korea to adopt the equipment rental system for guests without personal gear to enjoy skiing or snowboarding. The resort offers a total of ten slopes with one slope exclusively for experts, two slopes for advanced skiers, three slopes for high intermediate skiers, two slopes for intermediate skiers, and two slopes for beginners. The resort is also a popular family destination, thanks to the 400 meter-long sledding hill and lifts.
Located in Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Star Hill Resort is close to Seoul, making it possible for visitors to enjoy a full day of skiing without having to stay overnight. Each of the six slopes, ranging in difficulty, has its own exclusive lift, drastically cutting down wait times. This small, cozy resort nestled in the beautiful Cheonmasan Mountain has well-developed facilities and a convenient location that made it increasingly popular among visitors from Seoul and the nearby metropolitan area.
Located in Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Jisan Forest Resort is close to Gangnam in Seoul, meaning that even if accommodations are fully booked, visitors can make a daytrip out to this beautiful ski resort. There are seven main ski slopes and three sub-slopes, all of which are open to both skiers and snowboarders. Thanks to the five 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 a smaller scale, it is packed with convenient facilities at inexpensive prices. The resort is a great value for its price, thus providing visitors an affordable winter sports experience without sacrificing quality.
Located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, the Yangji Pine Resort Ski Valley has six ski lifts, and ten slopes for various skill levels. Night skiing is very popular at Yangji Pine Resort as the well-lit slopes give visitors opportunity to enjoy a nighttime skiing experience even past midnight. The park also offers a sledding hill for families and ski lessons for all ages, welcoming beginners who are new to the experience.
Located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, Konjiam Resort is the largest ski resort in the Seoul vicinity, offering nine slopes with varying degrees of difficulty, as well as five ski lifts. The resort also limits its number of daily visitors to a maximum of 7,000 people per day in order to offer the best skiing experience with a wait time of 15 minutes or less. 70% of the slopes are reserved for beginner/intermediate skiers and senior citizens, perfect for families. Furthermore, the resort includes an arboretum, ecological river, spa and other auxiliary facilities.
Located within Deogyusan National Park in Muju, Jeollabuk-do, 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 from the peak of Deogyusan Mountain at 1,520 meters above sea level, is the longest run in Korea, at 6.1km in length. The course was designed for both beginner and intermediate skiers to enjoy. For those who want a refreshing experience, try the outdoor hot springs after a day of skiing.
As the only ski resort in the Gyeongsang region, Eden Valley Resort provides an environment fit for skiers in all levels. 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 fast in their service so that there is hardly any waiting in line.
※ Ski season start and end date at all resorts are subject to change based on weather conditions. Please check in advance.
* This column was last updated in December 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.