Visit Vivaldi Park to enjoy skiing and snowboarding during the winter in Korea!
Hello, Trazers! Greetings from a member of Trazy Crew!
Last time, I tried skiing at Phoenix Park for the first time in my life, which was crazy fun. And now, skiing has become one of my favorite outdoor activities.
But nowadays, young and hip Koreans are hooked on more “trendy” sports like snowboarding.
So this time, I headed to Vivaldi Park, or Vivaldi Park Ski World, run by Daemyung Resort.
If you want to visit Vivaldi Park Ski Resort during winter in Korea, let this be your guide. 🙂
Vivaldi Park at a glance
Vivaldi Park, which is known as the most visited ski resort in Korea for 8 consecutive years, constantly upgrades its facilities and amenities to cater various needs. For its trendy restaurants and stylish buildings, Vivaldi Park claims to be the most fashionable resort in Korea that is beloved by the local younger set in particular.
The ski resort boasts the largest lodging facility in the country and offers a wide range of accommodation options – enjoy more than just the slopes. Moreover, the slopes are open from 8:30 am until 5:00 am, making Vivaldi Park a great choice of weekday skiing or night skiing.
• Location: Hongcheon, Gangwondo
• Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 30 mins
• Number of slopes: 12
• Number of ski lifts: 10 (including gondola)
Tips & Advice
1. Don’t figure out your way to the resort by yourself
Just like the last time when I visited Phoenix Park, I joined a one-day tour because I found it very, very convenient.
I’ve done both independent travel and package tours, but I personally prefer tour packages over independent travel as they take all the hassle out of the trip.
And since there are so many ski resorts in Korea, the tour package can save your time researching and comparing the prices, from ski lift passes to equipment rental and many more things that you need to deal with when planning your ski trip!
Seriously, these ski or snowboard tour packages can really save your time and cost. To book one-day tour to Vivaldi Park in Korea, click here.
I chose the Snowboard option since I already tried skiing last time at Phoenix Park. Pick whichever you’d like to try this winter – all of them are fun!
See what’s included in the one-day tour:
- A round-trip transportation
- Ski lift pass (for both lift & gondola)
- Equipment & clothing rental (jacket, pants and gloves)
- English speaking staff (they will help you with anything you need!)
*Helmets and goggles are available for rent on site for an additional 5,000 KRW. For more info, click here.
2. Pick the less crowded days
When I arrived at Vivaldi Park, the ski resort was bustling with people even though I visited on Friday. Due to the ski crowds and long queues, it took a while for me to rent the clothes.
The clothing must be returned to the rental shop by 3:30 pm, so when you consider that and the amount of time you have to enjoy the slopes (and possible delays due to long queues and such), it’s a good idea to go on a day other than Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Personally, I advise you to steer clear of the weekends and stick to going on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowd.
3. Use the changing room in the equipment rental area
If you decide to go alone, use the changing room in the ski/snowboard equipment rental area (located across from the building where you rent ski clothes).
Personally, I don’t recommend the changing room near the ski clothes rental area at Vivaldi Park inconvenient.
There are no separate sections to change the clothes, which means you will have to change with all the female visitors at the resort.
But you don’t need to worry if you take the tour package because you will first drop by a rental shop near the ski resort to change into your ski/snowboard clothes and then head to the resort. The changing rooms are not super upscale, but at least you won’t have to rush at this place.
4. Take a lesson if you are a complete beginner
For me, I headed right away as soon as I was geared up. If you choose the Ski or Snowboard Lesson option, you will be learning basic skills for an hour during your visit.
If you’re a complete beginner, I highly recommend you take a lesson since snowboarding is a lot more difficult.
Since my friend knew how to snowboard, she taught me a few basics but I do wish I’d signed up for a private lesson to help me get a hang of it more quickly.
If you want to get more grips on the slopes, you can book a private ski/snowboard lesson separately, where you’ll learn all the basics in detail. But if you are an expert, then go straight to the slopes!
5. Don’t miss out on the eateries!
Vivaldi Park is a ski resort where the food’s as good as the slopes, and you don’t want to miss a thing here.
Not only you can find food trucks, a food court, restaurants, cafes and food stalls at the Main Center building, there is also a separate underground complex called Viva Plex (near the entrance of the Main Center) where you can find various dining places that offer more than casual eateries.
So even though lunch meal is not provided in the tour packages, there is something for everyone at Vivaldi Park and I personally prefer them without a lunch meal since you will want to try every treat and food offered here.
6. Take advantage of the lift pass
If you’re not that into skiing or snowboarding, I strongly recommend you to use the lift pass and try riding the gondola up to peak, which offers an amazing panoramic view of the entire resort and the surrounding winter landscapes. The 8-seater gondola takes you up to the peak about 7 minutes and what more can I say? Try and see them for yourself!
7. Choose the right slopes for your level
Vivaldi Park has 12 slopes in total – 2 for beginners, 5 for intermediate to upper-intermediate, 4 for advanced and 1 for the experts.
If you are a beginner, go for the Blues and Ballad courses. The Blues slope is wide and has slight inclines, making it perfect for complete beginners to practice on.
In contrast, the Ballad slope has a few steep inclines but they aren’t super intimidating. However, I was too terrified to even attempt snowboarding down it so I just went down the Blues slope twice. But my friend who was also a beginner attempted it though!
If you are an advanced skier, hit the Rock Course, a 590m-long slope with an incline of 28 degrees. Those who want to practice and elevate their skiing to a higher level, Classic Course can be your best option as the slope is not as steep as other intermediate or advanced slopes.
8. Spark your romance!
Last but not least, Vivaldi Park was featured in some of the scenes from the latest Korean drama called “The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS)“, starring by famous Korean actor and actress, Jun Ji-hyun (Sim Chung) and Lee Min-ho (Heo Joon-jae).
In Episode 6, Sim Chung asks Heo Joon-jae to take her somewhere with snow and the two enjoy skiing on the slopes at the resort!
Whether you are K-drama enthusiast or not, the snowy slopes and the beautiful scenery around Vivaldi Park make it the perfect spot to turn up the heat on your romance.
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