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Revisiting the 2018 Olympic Games Venues

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  • Date12/30/2019
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Korean ski resort (Credit: High1 Ski Resort)

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!

Main ski resorts

Alpensia Ski Resort

Alpensia Ski Resort (Credit: Alpensia Ski Resort)

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.

Alpensia Ski Jump Tower (top), cinema (left) & Ocean 700 water park (left) (Credit: Alpensia Ski Resort)

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.

Tip) Ramps K98 and K125
  • Ski jump competitions use different ramp sizes, depending on one’s skill and preference. Normal Hill ramps have a height anywhere from 85 meters to 109 meters, while Large Hill ramps must be 110 meters or higher. K98 is classified as a Normal Hill, while K125 is a Large Hill. During the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, both slopes were used for the various ski jump competitions.
Alpensia Ski Resort
  • ☞ Address: 325, Solbong-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 평창군 대관령면 솔봉로 325)
  • ☞ Directions: Take the free shuttle bus from Jinbu (Odaesan) Station
    * Shuttle bus operations: July 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020
    * Refer to website for detailed info
    * Taxi from Jinbu (Odaesan) Station takes approx. 10 min
  • ☞ Ski season: November 22, 2019 – Early March 2020 (Subject to change depending on weather conditions)
  • ☞ Ski hours: Morning ticket 09:00-13:00 / Afternoon ticket 13:00-17:00 / Evening ticket 09:00-17:00 / Night ticket 18:30-22:00 (Saturdays 18:30-24:00)
    * Slopes closed for snow maintenance 17:00-18:00
    * Based on slope opening times; refer to website for details
  • ☞ Fees: Varies by ticket type and rental; refer to website for details
    * Ski jump observation deck & monorail fees charged separately
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-33-339-0000 (Korean, English)
  • ☞ Website: www.alpensia.com/ski (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    * Slope map available on the website

Yongpyong Ski Resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort (Credit: Yongpyong Ski 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!

Views from the gondola and summit of Balwangsan Mountain (Credit: Yongpyong Ski Resort)

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!

Yongpyong Ski Resort
  • ☞ Address: 715, Olympic-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 평창군 대관령면 올림픽로 715)
  • ☞ Directions: Take the free shuttle bus from Jinbu (Odaesan) Station
    * Shuttle bus operations: December 2, 2019 – February 29, 2020
    * Refer to website for detailed info
    * Taxi from Jinbu (Odaesan) Station takes approx. 20 min
  • ☞ Ski season: November 15, 2019 – Early March 2020 (Subject to change depending on weather conditions)
  • ☞ Ski hours: Day ticket 09:00-17:00 / Night 1 ticket 19:00-22:00 / Night 2 ticket 19:00-24:00
    * Based on slope opening times; refer to website for details
  • ☞ Fees: Varies by ticket type and rental; refer to website for details
    * Foreigner-exclusive ski lesson available (English, Chinese, Spanish)
    * Tourist gondola fees charged separately
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-33-335-5757 (Korean, English)
    * Availability of foreign language assistance varies by staff work schedule
  • ☞ Website: www.yongpyong.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
    * Slope map available on the website

Phoenix Snow Park

Phoenix Snow Park (Credit: Phoenix Snow Park)

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.

Sledding hill at Phoenix Snow Park (Credit: Phoenix Snow Park)

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!

Phoenix Snow Park
  • ☞ Address: 174, Taegi-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 평창군 봉평면 태기로 174)
  • ☞ Directions: Take the free shuttle bus from Pyeongchang Station
    * Shuttle bus operations: December 6, 2019 – March 1, 2020
    * Refer to website for detailed info
    * Taxi from Pyeongchang Station takes approx. 20 min
  • ☞ Ski season: November 15, 2019 – Early March 2020 (Subject to change depending on weather conditions)
  • ☞ Ski hours: Morning ticket 08:30-13:00 / Afternoon ticket 12:00-16:30 / Evening ticket 18:30-22:30 / Night ticket 21:30 ~ 00:00 / Midnight ticket 23:30-02:00
    * Hours subject to change
  • ☞ Fees: Varies by ticket type and rental; refer to website for details
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-1588-2828→0 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    * Availability of foreign language assistance varies by staff work schedule
  • ☞ Website: phoenixhnr.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    * Slope map available on the website

High1 Ski Resort

High1 Ski Resort (Credit: High1 Ski Resort)

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 snow vehicle tour (Credit: High1 Ski Resort)

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!

High1 Ski Resort
  • ☞ Address: 500, High1-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 정선군 고한읍 하이원길 500)
  • ☞ Directions: Take the free shuttle bus from Gohan Station or Sabuk Station
    * Shuttle bus operates year round
    * Refer to website for details on public transit
  • ☞ Ski season: November 22, 2019 – Early March 2020 (Subject to change depending on weather conditions)
    * Night skiing available December 20, 2019 – February 1, 2020 (Slope availability varies by day)
  • ☞ Ski hours: Morning ticket 09:00-13:00 / Afternoon ticket 12:00-16:00 / Evening ticket 18:00-22:00 / Night ticket 21:00-24:00
    * Hours vary by slope; refer to website for details
  • ☞ Fees: Varies by ticket type and rental; refer to website for details
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-1588-7789 (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.high1.com/ski (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    * Slope map available on the website
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* 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.