It’s common knowledge that ski resorts are one of the best places to enjoy a winter vacation. Korean ski resorts in particular are popular for their high quality snow, variety of slopes, and ski patrol ensuring the safety of all visitors. With so many ski resorts to choose from, it can be difficult to make the final decision. If you’re stuck at this point in your travel itinerary, read on to learn a bit more about the different ski resorts that hosted various events during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games!
Alpensia Ski Resort, the main venue for the 2018 Olympics, is a large resort recognized by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The resort includes seven slopes of varying difficulty, including a small slope dedicated to sledding. The slopes can serve up to 3,000 people at once and are wide to improve the enjoyment of all. In particular, beginners can enjoy skiing in safety on the beginners-only slope.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, visitors should take time to visit the ski jump tower. The tower has two jump platforms, K98 on 2F and K125 on 3F. While K125 is closed to the public, visitors can stand on K98 and look down the ramp by signing up for a special tour. The fourth floor of the tower serves as an observation deck; from here, you can see the entire Pyeongchang area!
If sports don’t interest you, you can still enjoy snowy fun by sledding! The sledding hill stretches 100 meters from a height of 60 meters. You can easily reach the top by using the moving walkway. If you’d prefer, you can relax in warmth at Ocean 700, the indoor water park open all year round, or enjoy any of the other entertainment facilities available at Alpensia Resort.
Yongpyong Ski Resort is centered on Balwansan Mountain, with outstanding views from the summit and over 20 different slopes. The slopes are grouped into Red Zone, Silver Zone, Gold Zone, and Rainbow Zone. While the Red Zone is recommended for first-timers and inexperienced skiers, the Rainbow Zone is for skilled athletes; it was used for the Alpine Skiing competitions in the 2018 Olympic Games!
While skiing is the main focus of any trip to a ski resort, you should also take time to enjoy the scenery from the summit! Visitors to Yongpyong Resort can easily reach the top of Balwangsan Mountain by taking the gondola. A skywalk is also planned to open in May 2020, adding another level of excitement!
Phoenix Snow Park can’t be left out when talking about the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games! The venue for nine snowboard competitions with 18 gold medalists, this ski resort was a key host site. The entire resort is located at 700 meters above sea level and higher, and includes a variety of leisure amenities, including hotels & condos, Phoenix Country Club golf course, and Phoenix Blue Canyon.
Each of Phoenix Snow Park’s 21 courses use the natural curves and formations of Taegisan Mountain for an authentic skiing experience. We recommend going to the 2.4 kilometer-long Panorama Course if it’s your first time to the park. This slope is easy enough for beginners, and has earned recognition by the FIS. If you’re looking to try out some new tricks, visit the Extreme Park, complete with a halfpipe, table top, round quarter, rails, and more. Phoenix Snow Park also offers an international ski school, with lessons on the basics of skiing taught by native speakers.
Family visitors will love the Snow Village, set up to resemble a winter wonderland! The village features sledding hills, illuminations, ice sculptures, and many more attractions to enjoy!
One last ski resort that had a hand in the 2018 Olympics is High1 Ski Resort in Jeongseon. While the resort did not host any of the official competitions, it served as a practice and training location for national athletes. The resort has slopes running from the summit of Baegunsan Mountain at 1,340 meters above sea level.
High1 has a total of 18 slopes covering a combined distance of 21 kilometers, allowing even absolute beginners to enjoy a long run. The main slope, Zeus, in particular, stretches out four kilometers from the summit, making it one of the longest courses available for beginners.
High1 Ski Resort also offers a snow vehicle tour, perfect for people who love machinery! Hop aboard the snow plow truck as it sets out for snow maintenance work! The cabin seats up to 12 people, and allows for a closer look at the slopes and the equipment necessary to keep them in good condition. As most resorts do not allow guests near the equipment, High1 offers a very unique experience that can be enjoyed by all!
* This column was last updated in December 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.