Hello Trazers! Greetings from a member of Trazy Crew. Last time, I tried skiing (for the first time in my life) at Phoenix Park, which was crazy fun, and now it has become one of my favorite outdoor activities.
But I found out that young and hip Koreans are hooked on more “trendy” sports like snowboarding nowadays. So I headed to Vivaldi Park, or Daemyung Vivaldi Park, which is a ski resort very popular among Koreans in their 20s.
1. Don’t figure out your way to the resort by yourself
I’ve done both independent travel and package tours, but I personally prefer tour packages over independent travel as these tour packages are the easiest and the most time-efficient way to go on a ski trip.
And thank god, I didn’t have to go through the hassle of figuring out my way to the ski resort, such as comparing the prices and so many more things that I have to deal with when planning a ski holiday!
Seriously, these ski tour packages saved my time (and will save yours, too). For more info about the tour, click here.When you book your trip, take note that there are different options for you to enjoy: Ski, Ski Lesson and Snowboard. 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!
Check out what’s included in the tour package:
- 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, I saw the ski resort was bustling with people (even though I visited on Friday) so it took a while for clothing rental. It may also be because Vivaldi Park is a very popular destination for skiing and snowboarding.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 would advise you 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 because there were 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, which was around 12:30 pm If you choose the Ski Lesson option, you will have the chance to learn basic skills for 2 hours.
If you’re a complete beginner, I highly recommend you choose the lesson option especially 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.The 1-day package doesn’t include a snowboarding lesson option, but you can book a private lesson separately here, 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!
I think 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 has very slight inclines, making it perfect for complete beginners (like me) 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!
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!
Being the most visited ski resort for 7 years, Vivaldi has become even more popular after it appeared on the screen.
Whether you are K-drama enthusiast or not, the snowy slopes and sceneries in and around Vivaldi Park is the perfect spot to turn up the heat on your romance.
Or book your trip here immediately if you want to have the time of your life this winter in Korea!
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