9 Best Ski Resorts to Ski, Snowboard and Explore over in South Korea

Winter’s the season for skiing and snowboarding and many of you may also be starting to plan your holiday as you research resorts and try and figure out where to go.

Well, we bring you the ultimate guide to ski resorts in Korea, so if you’re looking for a specific type of ski resort to meet your skiing needs, then read on!

Ski in a Wonderland of Authentic Snow – Gangwon-do

For an ultimate skiing or snowboarding experience in Korea, we recommend you to take a trip to Gangwon-do, a province in the eastern part of the country, which is extremely well known for having excellent snow conditions, seeing the first snowfall in the country around early November.

Boasting the largest number of ski resorts in the country, some of which have been selected as the main venues for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the ski resorts here offer top-of-the-line facilities and awe-inspiring scenery, which will be worth the long distance you travel.

1. Yongpyong Ski Resort: Thrills for All Agesyongpyong-ski-resort-2

As South Korea’s largest ski resort and crowned ‘South Korea’s Best Ski Resort 2016’ at the World Ski Awards for 3 consecutive years, Yongpyong Ski Resort is the resort that’s got something for everyone to enjoy.Famous for appearing in the popular Korean drama, “Winter Sonata (KBS, 2002),” Yongpyong Ski Resort is also the main venue for the much-anticipated 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. 

Yongpyong Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hrs 30 mins
Number of slopes: 28
Number of ski lifts: 13 ski lifts & 1 gondola
About Yongpyong Ski Resort:
∙ Chosen as the venue for Alpine Skiing event at 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
∙ All seasons resort offering low-cost to premium lodging facilities
∙ Seeing an annual snowfall of 250 centimeters, Yongpyong Ski Resort tends to operate slightly longer than the typical ski season, usually until around April
yongpyong-ski-resort-1Must-try attractions in Yongpyong Ski Resort:
∙ Dragon Peak, a Swiss-style building at the peak of Balwangsan Mountain (1,458m)
∙ Asia’s longest gondola course (7.4km)
∙ Sledding slope for non-skiers and family-unit skiers
∙ Peak Island, a family-friendly water park
∙ Mountain Coaster, a fun and exhilarating coaster ride with max speed of 40km/hr

Nearby tourist attractions:
Pyeongchang Trout Festival (January)
∙ Mt. Seoraksan National Park
Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Sauna, spa, screen golf, bowling alley, karaoke, fitness center, arcade, billiard hall, golf club, children’s theme park, hiking path, survival game park, zip line

Best for: Skiers than snowboarders, all levels of skiers & family-unit skiers
yongpyong-ski-resort-5About the slopes:
∙ Relatively narrow slopes, making them ideal for skiers than snowboarders
∙ 4 different zones (Silver, Gold, Red and Dragon)
∙ Rainbow Paradise in the Dragon Zone is the second longest slope in the country (5.6km-long)
∙ Mega Green Slope in the Silver Zone is recommended for beginners
Red Zone for advanced levels
∙ Gold Zone (the second highest amongst the four zones) for intermediates

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2. Daemyung Vivaldi Park: The Hippest Spot for 20-Somethingsdaemyung-vivialdi-park-4

Adding new facilities every year, Daemyung Vivaldi Park is known as a trendsetter among ski resorts. Offering the best night skiing experience and slopes full of twists and turns, it’s the perfect venue for thrill-seeking youngsters in their teens and twenties. Also, Vivaldi Park is where the scenes from the Korean TV drama “The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016),” starring Jun Ji-hyun (Chung) and Lee Min-ho (Joon-jae), were filmed. In the drama, the two characters, “Joon-jae” teaches “Chung” how to ski and they spend a great time at Vivaldi Park!

Vivaldi Park at a glance!

Location: Hongcheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 30 mins
Number of slopes: 12
Number of ski lifts: 10 (including gondola)
About Vivaldi Park:
∙ The most visited ski resort in Korea for seven consecutive years
∙ Accommodates approximately 20,000 visitors daily
∙ New facilities installed every year to cater various needs
∙ Lifts and slopes open from 8:30am until 5:00am
∙ Ski school with well-organized lessons by professional instructors
∙ Largest lodging facility and wide accommodation options
vivaldi-park-3Must-try attractions in Vivaldi Park:
∙ Ocean World, a water park that offers spa during winter
Snow sledding hill for non-skiers and family-unit visitors

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Arcade, shooting/screen shooting range, Kids World, ping-pong hall, bowling alley, sauna, internet cafe, beauty salon, karaoke, recreational forest trail, golf course

Some inconveniences:
∙ Long waiting time for lifts (at least 30 minutes) on weekends
∙ Long queue for beginner courses

Best for: Couples, students & young skiers in their 20’s
daemyung-vivialdi-park-7About the slopes:
∙ Suitable for all levels
∙ Particularly known for its long and wide slopes
∙ 2 beginner, 1 intermediate, 4 upper-intermediate, 4 advanced, 1 expert slopes
∙ Fun slope names such as Funky, Reggae, Classic, Techno, Blues, Jazz
∙ Blues Course for beginners
∙ Rock Course, a 590m long slope with an incline of 28 degrees, is for advanced skiers
∙ Classic Course is not as steep as other intermediate and advanced slopes but is suitable for those who want to practice and elevate their skiing to a higher level

Snowboarding facility: Extreme Park, a snow park specially designed for snowboarders

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3. Phoenix Park: Heaven for Snowboarding Fanaticsphoenix-park2.jpg

With beautiful natural scenery and perfect powder, Phoenix Park is perfect for those yearning for a day on the slopes. It’s also famous for appearing in the popular Korean drama, “Autumn in my heart (KBS, 2000).”

Phoenix Park at a glance!

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 2 hrs
Number of slopes: 21
Number of ski lifts: 8 lifts & 6 sun-kid lifts & 1 gondola
About Phoenix Park:
∙ Chosen as the venue for freestyle skiing and snowboarding event at 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
∙ High-quality snow and slopes
∙ 5-star hotel and condominiums
∙ Direct access from condos to the slopes
∙ Ski and snowboard lessons by certified instructorsphoenix-park-4Must-try attractions in Phoenix Park:
∙ A gondola course to Mont Blanc (1,050m)
∙ Blue Canyon, a Mediterranean-themed water park
∙ Snow Village with a 90m-long sledding slope

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Internet cafes, arcade, karaoke, bowling alley, sauna, swimming pool, walking trail, sheep pasture, sky garden

Some inconveniences: Lower grounds can get quite crowded and waiting times for a lift can be long

Best for: Snowboarders & family-unit visitorsphoenix-park-2About the slopes:
∙ 12 slopes out of the 21 are officially approved for international competitions, including the expert “Mogul” and “Aerial” Courses
∙ 1 training slope, 4 beginner, 2 beginner/intermediate, 4 intermediate, 7 expert slopes

Snowboarding Facility: Extreme Park, a snow park specially designed for snowboarders, equipped with a half pipe, table top, and round quarter

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4. Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort: Perfect for a Spontaneous Getawayelysian-gangchon-resort-2

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort is located closest to Seoul amongst the resorts in Gangwon-do, making it the perfect place to travel to spontaneously for a half or full day of fun. It’s also near popular sightseeing destinations, so non-skiers will have fun too!

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Chuncheon
Travel from Seoul: 1 hr 30 mins
Number of slopes: 12
Number of ski lifts: 10
About Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort:
∙ Closest to Seoul among other ski resorts in Gangwon-do, making it perfect getaway for a one day trip
∙ Conveniently located near many popular tourist attractions
∙ Relatively quiet during weekdays, hardly any waiting time for ski lifts
nami-winter.jpgMust-try attractions in Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort:
∙ Sledding slope for non-skiers and family-unit visitors

Nearby tourist attractions:
∙ Nami Island 
∙ Garden of Morning Calm

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Sports shop, screen golf, billiard, arcade, karaoke, sauna, fitness center, shooting range, swimming pool

Some inconveniences:
∙ Facilities not so upscale
∙ Not too many options for advanced skiers and snowboarders

Best for: Beginners & a short ski break
elysian-gangchon-resort-3About the slopes:
∙ 8 out of 10 slopes are for beginner and intermediate skiers, with the remaining 2 slopes are for advanced skiers
∙ A separate beginner’s slope is also available for a practice
∙ The Pegasus is a 1045m-long course with a mix of both gentle and steep inclines that makes it perfect for skiers to practice short, middle and long turns
∙ Dragon Course is an interesting course that starts from the peak with an intermediate zig-zag course before connecting with a beginner course for the remaining ⅓ of the slope

Snowboarding Facility: A snowboard park where you can practice your skills and tricks

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5. Alpensia Ski Resort: The Fantastic Alps of Asiaalpensia-resort-1

Boasting top-notch leisure and premium lodging facilities as well as a range of slopes, Alpensia Ski Resort is perfect in every way, offering fun for the whole family!

Alpensia Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hrs
Number of slopes: 6
Number of ski lifts: 3
About Alpensia Ski Resort:
∙ Chosen as the venue for ski jump event at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018
∙ 5-star hotel & holiday inns with direct access to ski slopes
∙ Top-notch leisure facilities
∙ Various facilities for the handicapped such as wheelchair rentals
∙ Relatively less crowded than Yongpyong Ski Resort and Phoenix Park
∙ Located near the venue of Pyeongchang Trout Festival
alpensia-sports-park.jpgMust-try attractions in Alpensia Ski Resort:
∙ Alpensia Snow Sledding Park
∙ Alpine Coaster, a fun and exhilarating coaster ride with max speed of 40km/hr
∙ Ocean 700, a family-friendly water park

Nearby tourist attractions:
Pyeongchang Trout Festival (January)
∙ Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Ski Museum, Sports Park, spa, tennis court, children’s playground

Best for: Beginners, snowboarders & family-unit skiers
alpensia-resort-3About the slopes:
∙ 6 slopes in total: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot (in order of difficulty)
∙ 1 beginner, 4 intermediate, 1 advanced
∙ Echo slope for intermediate snowboarders
∙ A separate lesson area for beginners

*Tip: Alpensia Ski Resort and Yongpyong Ski Resort are right next to each other. Since Alpensia’s lodging facilities are better than those of Yongpyong’s and Yongpyong’s ski facilities are better than those of Alpensia’s, you may want to stay a night at Alpensia and then head over to Yongpyong for skiing!

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6. High1 Ski Resort: Home to the Puffiest Powderhigh1-resort-1

Boasting the purest snow powder out of all the other ski resorts in the area, High1 Ski Resort does its best to maintain the snow conditions of the slopes. With cutting-edge facilities such as an automatic sensor system, a hands-free detection system and a state-of-the-art ski lift and gondola system, visitors can freely enjoy the ride without having to show their lift tickets.

High1 Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Jeongseon
Travel time from Seoul: 4 hrs
Number of slopes: 20
Number of ski lifts & gondolas: 6 ski lifts & 7 gondolas
About High1 Resort:
∙ The best snow powder and slope conditions
∙ Ski schools catered to handicapped skiers
∙ Relatively few number of ski lifts, but boast advanced lift system
∙ Convenient facilities for people with disabilities and special needs
∙ Condos and accommodations can be easily accessed by taking a gondola
high1-resort-3Must-try attractions in High1 Ski Resort:
∙ A 40-mins gondola course to Mountain Top at 1,345m
∙ A 360-degree revolving restaurant that offers a panoramic view of Baekwoonsan Mountain
∙ Tube sledge for sledding

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Gangwon Land (a casino), Unamjeong (a popular traditional Korean restaurant where tv drama ‘Sik Gaek’ was filmed), golf course, hiking trail, hot water pool for overnight guests ∙ Alpine Coaster (a type of roller coaster that runs at the max. speed of 40km/hr)

Some inconveniences:
∙ Getting around the complex can be difficult without a vehicle or using the shuttle bus because the buildings within are relatively distant from each other (refer to the map below)
∙ Long waiting time for the ski lift during weekends

Best for: Handicapped skiers, family-unit skiers & intermediate and advanced skiers
high1-resort-4About the slopes:
∙ Slopes named after Greek gods and goddesses: Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo, Victoria
∙ Slopes all vary in level, from beginner runs to 2 slopes certified to hold international competitions by the International Ski Federation
∙ Zeus Course is designated for novice skiers so they can learn the sport safely
∙ Hera Course is built for intermediate skiers but does have steep inclines
∙ Several beginner slopes are located right next to the intermediate and advanced slopes, letting skiers of varying levels ski together

*Tip: We advise staying overnight at High1 Ski Resort for a few days as one day is just not enough to fully enjoy skiing and all the amenities that this ski resort has to offer! 

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Ideal for a Spontaneous Ski Trip- Gyeonggi-do

For those who want to take a short break and go on a quick ski trip during your stay in Seoul, the best option for you is to visit the ski resorts in the outskirts of Seoul in Gyeonggi-do.

Though the snow conditions or facilities at these resorts are of lower quality when compared to the ones in Gangwon-do, their convenient locations make them the ideal destination for a quick getaway for a one-day skiing or weekday night ski trip.

1. Yangji Pine Ski Resort: For Those Seeking a Thrilling Challenge
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Located at the base of Mount Dokjo, skiers can enjoy their time on the slopes at Yangji Pine Ski Resort while taking in the panoramic view of mountain terrain and thick forests. Night skiing is super popular here and there’s a multitude of intermediate and advanced level slopes, so head here for some serious practice!

Yangji Pine Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Yongin
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 40 mins
Number of slopes: 6
Number of ski lifts: 7
About Yangji Pine Ski Resort
∙ All-season round complex resort with beautiful mountains and luxuriant forest
∙ The first ski resort to use the automatic snow-making and snow-tiding facilities to maintain the snow conditions
∙ Ski and snowboard lessons for beginners
yangji-pine-facilities.jpgMust-try attractions in Yangji Pine Ski Resort:
∙ Resting area at the observation tower that offers a fine view of the whole ski valley
∙ Sledding site for children and non-skiers

Nearby tourist attractions:
∙ Everland Theme Park
 Korean Folk Village

Indoor & Outdoor amenities: 
Swimming pool, bowling alley, health center, billiard, sauna, children’s playground, survival game area, golf course

Best for: Family unit skiers, short ski break & night skiing
yangji-pine-resort-2About the slopes:
∙ Variety of slopes with inclines ranging from 5 ~ 36 degrees for all levels of skiers
∙ Slopes are well-lit at night for night skiing
∙ AVEC Course is particularly popular with experienced skiers
∙ Mogul Course is for experts
∙ Snow Park Course offers various obstacles for both skiers and snowboarders
Challenger Course is the top rated run where the National Alpine Ski Competition takes place every year
∙ Only 1 beginner slope but the resort offers various entertainment amenities for families to enjoy besides skiing

2. Jisan Forest Ski Resort: Small-scale and Quaint for Convenience
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Located in Icheon, Jisan Forest Ski Resort is a great option if you’re completely new to skiing or traveling with children and want fun for the whole family. There’s a convenient escalator for children and beginners, the slopes are easy and smooth to go down and the venue is small with everything in close vicinity for comfort.

Jisan Forest Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Icheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 50 mins
Number of slopes: 7 main slopes & 3 sub-slopes
Number of ski lifts: 5
About Jisan Forest Ski Resort
∙ The first resort nearby Seoul to open up a snowboard slope
∙ 5 high-speed lifts with heated seats
∙ Short waiting time
∙ Escalator for children and beginners
∙ Offers nighttime skiing until 4 am

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Supermarket, outdoor stage, basketball court

Some inconveniences:
∙ Relatively small in size
∙ Slopes are mainly for beginners, so not great for avid skiers or snowboarders of intermediate or advanced level seeking serious slope time
∙Even the more intermediate and advanced slopes don’t have much steepness or obstacles that are super challenging
∙ Not much to do besides skiing or snowboarding due to lack of entertainment amenities

Best for: Families with kids, beginners & snowboarders wanting a day out or weekend trip
jisan-resort-1About the slopes:
∙ Slopes in 1 range for beginners, 2, 3 and 5 for intermediate, 6 and 7 for advanced

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3. Konjiam Ski Resort: Perfect If You’re Pressed for Timekonjiam-resort-3

As the first ski resort to limit the number of skiers on the slopes at one time, Konjiam Ski Resort is the perfect place to go if you’re someone who wants to enjoy skiing with minimum waiting around. The resort is also the closest from Seoul, making it a great option for those who want to squeeze some slope time into their busy schedule.

Konjiam Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Gwangju
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 40 mins
Number of slopes: 11
Number of ski lifts & gondolas: 5 ski lifts & 14 gondolas
About Konjiam Ski Resort:
∙ Offers the largest ski slopes amongst the ski resorts in metropolitan area
∙ Slopes and snow conditions are well-maintained
∙ Limits its number of daily skiers to 7,000 for the safety and comfort of the visitors
∙ Waiting time for the ski lifts is 15 minutes or less
∙ ME-TIME Pass allows visitors to select the times they wish to ski instead of purchasing a pass based on the time of day. The result: A more efficient and comfortable skiing experience

Nearby tourist attractions:
∙ Mt. Dobong
∙ Gwangju city

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Child care, sauna, billiards, cafe, karaoke, soccer field, hiking trail

Some inconveniences:
∙ Slopes and parking lot are far away from each other, so you will have to walk a lot to get back and forth
∙ Relatively low snow quality as resort relies on artificial snow due to the warmer temperature of its locale

Best for: All levels of skiers & family-unit skiers
konjiam-resort-2About the slopes:
∙ 70% of the slopes are reserved for beginner or intermediate skiers, senior citizens and family-unit skiers
∙ Hanui (beginner), Whistle (intermediate low), Zetta 2, Windy 1, Windy, Windy Br., Gale 1 (intermediate), Zetta 1, Gale 2 (advanced)

See all the ski resorts at a glance!

Ski Resort Name

Location Travel Time from Seoul

Number of Slopes

Yongpyong Ski Resort

Pyeongchang 3 hrs 30 mins 28
Phoenix Park  Pyeongchang  2 hrs

21

Alpensia Ski Resort

Pyeongchang 3 hrs

6

Vivaldi Park

Hongcheon 1 hr 30 mins

12

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Chuncheon 1 hr 30 mins

12

High1 Ski Resort

Jeongseon 4 hrs

20

Yangji Pine Ski Resort Yongin 1 hr 40 mins

6

Jisan Forest Ski Resort

Icheon 1 hr 50 mins

10

Konjiam Ski Resort Gwangju 1 hr 40 mins

11

All about Ski Lessons

If you are a first-time skier or a chronic beginner, it’s highly recommended that you take a ski or snowboard lesson before hitting the slopes.

You’ll be gliding down the slopes in no time if you sign up for these awesome ski lessons that are taught in English below!elysian1alpensia-lessonvivaldi-lessonprivate_lesson_phoenixFor more, browse our curated collection of awesome ski packages below! 
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