Yongpyong Ski Resort Guide: A World-Class Ski Resort in Korea

Visit Yongpyong Ski Resort, one of the best ski resorts in Korea, for a world-class ski experience this winter!

Yongpyong Resort, located at the foot of Mount Balwangsan in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, is the biggest ski and snowboard resort in Korea.

And thanks to its average annual snowfall of around 250 cm, Yongpyong Ski Resort is an all-time favorite ski resort among skiers and snowboarders.

The ski resort is also selected as a site for the Alpine Skiing event at 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.

Yongpyong Ski Resort usually runs from mid-November to early April. However, most of the slopes will be open only until mid-January in 2017 due to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

For those who wish to hit the slopes at Yongpyong Ski Resort before or during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, be sure to plan or book your ski trip ahead of time!

| Book your ski trip to Yongpyong Ski Resort from Seoul here

Yongpyong Ski Resort at a glance

Location Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province
Travel time from Seoul 3 hrs
Number of slopes 28
Number of ski lifts 14 ski lifts & 1 gondola

 About the slopes in Yongpyong Ski Resort

The Rainbow slope is the highest slope of all and is also designated as the site for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

When you are at the top at Dragon Zone, you can choose to take one of the five Rainbow slopes.

For advanced skiers, we’d recommend the Rainbow Paradise course (Dragon Zone), a 5.6 km-long slope at 5,600 meters, which is the second longest slope in the country.

For beginners, the Mega Green (Silver Zone) is relatively easier than other slopes in Yongpyong Ski Resort. 🙂

If this is your first time skiing, be sure to learn how to ski through a ski lesson!

Book Yongpyong Ski Resort Ski Lesson & Equipment/Clothes Rental Package

How to go to Yongpyong Ski Resort from Seoul

By Bus

Yongpyong Ski Resort Shuttle Bus: Shuttle buses to Yongpyong Ski Resort are available from Seoul.

※Prior online reservation is required for the Yongpyong Ski Resort shuttle bus. To book your shuttle bus online, click here.

Airport Shuttle Bus: The Incheon Int’l Airport Shuttle Bus to Yongpyong Ski Resort runs during the ski season only.

*There is no direct bus system from Gimpo Int’l Airport to Yongpyong Ski Resort.

Public Express Bus: Seoul Nambu Express Bus Terminal/Dongseoul Express Bus Terminal → Hoenggye Express Bus Terminal → Yongpyong Ski Resort via a local bus.

※During the winter season, Yongpyong Ski Resort is extremely popular, so it’s best to book your bus ride in advance.

By Train

Take a train from Cheongnyangni Station bound to Wonju Station → Take a local bus No. 4 or 4-1 from “Wonju Station” Bus Stop to Wonju Express Bus Terminal  → Hoenggye Express Bus Terminal → Yongpyong Ski Resort via a local bus.

Or get Korail Pass to take the new express train from Incheong Int’l Airport/Seoul to Pyeongchang and Gangneung area.

By Tour

Book your ski or snowboard tour to Yongpyong Ski Resort via Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop – it’s the easiest way to go to Yongpyong Ski Resort from Seoul!

Yongpyong Ski Resort 1 Day Ski/Snowboard Tour (Availability: Nov 24, 2017 – Jan 24, 2018)

For those who are looking for a transportation to Yongpyong Ski Resort during the 2018 Winter Olympics below, make sure you check out the transfer service offered by Trazy:

PyeongChang 2018: Yongpyong Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport) 24/7 (Availability: ~Feb 28, 2018)

Best things to do at Yongpyong Ski Resort

1. Gondola ride

Even if you don’t ski, we strongly recommend you to take the 3.7 km gondola ride to the most scenic part of the resort, the Dragon Peak.

As one of the best-known attractions in Yongpyong Resort, you can take in the magnificent views of surrounding landscapes from the gondola.

Buy Yongpyong Ski Resort Lift Pass (lift + gondola) (Availability: Nov 24, 2017-Jan 4, 2018)

2. Drop by the Dragon Peak

The magnificent natural landscape of Greater Baekdu Mountain Range at Yongpyong Ski Resort.

Dragon Peak, a traditional Swiss-style building housing a coffee shop, Korean restaurant and steakhouse next to the garden, which is a great place for visitors and skiers to take a rest.

To add, the garden is surrounded by white, powdery snow and is the starting point to the walk to the peak of Balwangsan Mountain, the 13th highest mountain in Korea.

Here, you will be able to take in the breathtaking view of the snow-covered mountains and a forest full of yew trees that can live for 1000 years!

Plus, the ski lift ride to the Dragon Peak is a must-try for everyone! It’s absolutely amazing!!

| Buy Yongpyong Ski Resort Lift Pass (lift + gondola) (Availability: Nov 24, 2017-Jan 4, 2018)

3. Spend a night at Yongpyong Resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort offers accommodations featuring hotels and condominiums: Dragon Valley Hotel, Tower Condominium, Villa Condominium and YongPyong Condominium.

Unfortunately, Yongpyong Ski Resort won’t be able to accommodate guests during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

However, the rooms in Tower Condominium and Greenpia Condominium are available for booking throughout the month of October in 2017.

During October, guests will be able to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage around Yongpyong Resort!

| Book Yongpyong Ski Resort Room (Availability: Only in October, 2017)

4. Follow in the footsteps of “Goblin” & “Winter Sonata” at Yongpyong Ski Resort

For all K-drama fans, Yongpyong Ski Resort is a must-visit spot as the ski resort was used as a location for hits Korean dramas, “Goblin” or “Goblin: The Lonely and Great God” and “Winter Sonata.”


Starring Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, Kim Go-eun and Yoo In-na, Goblin, particularly, has led to huge popularity of the ski resort.

Find out the filming spots within Yongpyong Ski Resort from Goblin below!

#1. Dragon Peak & The Sky Garden – Site of the romantic back hug

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Did you ever wonder where the back hug scene was taken?

It’s when Shin finally confesses his feelings to Eun-tak and gives her a back hug against this amazingly beautiful backdrop, the Dragon Peak Sky Garden.

Try to drop by this garden when you visit Yongpyong Resort. It’s indeed the perfect place to go with a special someone and maybe even recreate the scene!

#2. Dragon Peak Gondola – Shin & Eun-tak’s heart melting eye contact

As she rides, Eun-tak lights up a match to summon Shin who, to her disappoint, doesn’t show up. Or so she thinks.

As she approaches the area to alight from the gondola, she lights up with a smile on her face as she sees Shin, waiting for her with his hand extended towards her.

Well, this was another scene that made our hearts melt, seeing how lovingly they both gaze at each other.

Didn’t all the scenes from the episode make you want to visit this place?

Then follow the footsteps of Goblin at this awesome ski resort in Korea! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find your own special someone there.

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