Planning a winter getaway to the pristine slopes of Korea’s ski resorts? Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a first-time visitor, you probably have a few questions. Korean ski resorts are renowned for their world-class facilities, stunning landscapes, and unique cultural experiences.

In this blog, we’ll address the top 16 FAQs about Korean ski resorts to help you prepare for an unforgettable winter adventure. From the best time to visit and where to eat, to tips on navigating the resorts and where to find the best slopes, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to hit the snow with confidence and make the most of your winter holiday in Korea!

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Top 16 FAQs

1. Is there snow during the winter season at the ski resorts?

2. Will it snow on this specific date?

3. Are there places where I can play with the snow at the ski resorts?

4. What other facilities are there at the ski resorts? Where can I rest if it’s cold?

5. What is snow sledding?

6. Are there any dining options at the ski resorts?

7. What should I eat if the ski resorts or restaurants inside them are closed on public holidays?

8. Can I visit the ski resorts just to watch the snow without skiing or snowboarding?

9. When does the snow sledding season start?

10. Can I book ski lessons on the same day?

11. Is it possible to experience both skiing and snowboarding or switch them during the experience?

12. Is the ski tour canceled on rainy days?

13. Is it possible to visit the ski resort in March?

14. Are there age restrictions at the ski resort?

15. Which ski resort do you recommend?

16. What if the ski resort suddenly closes?


1. Is there really snow during the winter season at the ski resorts? What if I go and there’s no snow?

Even on the days it doesn’t snow or the weather is warm, ski resorts strive to maintain the best snow quality for skiing and snowboarding through the winter ski season by using world-class snowmaking facilities. With a combination of natural and artificial snow, ski resorts maintain good snow quality and quantity year-round, making it ideal for winter sports. If there are any issues, you will be informed in advance.

2. Will it snow on this specific date?

We can’t predict if it will snow on that specific date, but there will be snow at the ski resort during the season.

3. Can I touch the snow at the ski resorts? Are there places where I can play with the snow?

Of course! During the ski resort’s open season, the ski slopes are always filled with snow. However, please note that for safety reasons, there may be areas where you cannot go without ski or snowboard equipment. We recommend ski resorts with gondola access to the summit or ski resorts with sledding facilities, such as Vivaldi Park Ski Resort, Yongpyong Ski Resort, and Phoenix Park Ski Resort.

4. What other facilities are there at the ski resorts? Where can I rest if it’s cold?

The ski resort is a complex resort with indoor facilities available. Also, if you don’t want to ski or snowboard, you can enjoy snow sledding instead.

For example, Yongpyong Ski Resort offers a variety of attractions, such as the Balwangsan Cable Car & Skywalk, Ani-Fore (which includes a monorail, alpaca farm, and spruce healing forest), Peak Island Water Park, Museum DEEPDIVE, and more. Check out the must-see attractions at Yongpyong Ski Resort on our blog! For indoor entertainment, you can enjoy the Dinosaur & Marine Exhibit Hall, Color Land, the Sports Bar ‘Dragon Strike’, Bowling Alley, Billiard Hall, and Arcade.

At Vivaldi Park Ski Resort, you can explore the Viva Plex Mall, which offers a variety of entertainment options for all ages. The mall features attractions like a merry-go-round, arcade games, karaoke rooms, a bowling alley, a roller coaster, a billiard hall, and even a K1 Speed. Additionally, the mall boasts a wide range of dining options to satisfy every palate. This underground complex, located near the entrance of the Main Center, provides visitors with plenty of activities and food choices beyond the ski slopes, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

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If you’re planning a trip to High1 Ski Resort, you’ll find plenty of activities beyond skiing and snowboarding. The resort offers attractions like the High1 Roller Rink, Sky 1340 Valley Cable Car, and Alpine Coaster for added excitement. For those looking for different forms of entertainment, you can try your luck at the on-site casino or make a splash at the Water World water park. With such a diverse range of options, High1 Ski Resort ensures there’s something for everyone, regardless of the season or your preferences.

If you want to know the facilities of other ski resorts, such as Elysian Gangchon, Alpensia, and Phoenix Park, check out their official websites.

5. What is snow sledding?

Snow sledding involves riding down a snowy slope on a snow sled or a specifically designed sled-like device called a snow sled. The sled can be made of various materials such as plastic, wood, or metal and is typically equipped with runners or skis to glide smoothly over the snow.

Among the sledding parks, Vivaldi Park Snowy Land and Phoenix Park Snow Village are famous, where you can enjoy various types of sledding.

6. Are there any dining options at the ski resorts?

Yes, there are several cafes and restaurants within the ski resorts.

  • Vivaldi Park: For a diverse range of dining options, check out Viva Plex Mall, an underground complex near the Main Center entrance. This food hub offers everything from Korean favorites like tteokbokki to international fare such as pizza and curry, along with various cafes and other eateries. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a full meal, you’ll find plenty of choices to satisfy your cravings.

  • Yongpyong: The resort features three main dining options: the Chalet, the Chalet Buffet, and Modurang. Located on the first floor of the Dragon Valley Hotel, the Chalet offers a mix of Korean and Western cuisine. For a quick and convenient breakfast, head to the Chalet Buffet, also on the first floor of Dragon Valley Hotel. If you’re craving Korean dishes, especially roasted Korean beef, visit Modurang in the Complex / Valley Center, conveniently situated in front of the Dragon Valley Hotel.

  • Elysian Gangchon: The resort offers a wide range of dining experiences, from high-end full-course meals to casual à la carte dishes and brunch options. You’ll find diverse restaurants to suit every taste, including Snow Garden, which serves udon, jjajangmyeon, curry, and pork cutlets among other dishes. For burger lovers, there’s Wonder Burger, while those craving a leisurely brunch can head to Arabista. These are just a few of the many dining options available throughout the resort.

  • Alpensia: Each accommodation boasts excellent dining options. For instance, the InterContinental Hotel features Flavours Restaurant, an exceptional dining venue known for its fresh breakfast buffet. At the Holiday Inn Resort, you can savor a variety of Oriental dishes, including Korean and Chinese cuisine, at the Montblanc Restaurant.

  • Phoenix Park: If you’re staying at the hotel, Ondo offers all-day dining with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. For more variety, head to the Center Plaza where you’ll find Ondam, serving traditional Gangwon-do cuisine; The Butcher’s, known for premium Korean beef; and Cheonglim, a casual Chinese restaurant. For coffee and desserts, try Ileto within the resort at Blue Building B1~1F, or take the gondola to Montblanc Cafe at the summit for breathtaking views while you enjoy your treats.

7. What should I eat if the ski resorts or restaurants inside them are closed on public holidays?

All restaurants within the ski resort are open year-round during the season, including Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Lunar New Year’s Day. For detailed operating hours, please refer to the official website.

*Vivaldi Park Ski Resort’s official website will be updated.

8. Can I visit the ski resorts just to watch the snow without skiing or snowboarding?

Of course! You can choose the shuttle bus option, and if needed, you can purchase tickets for desired activities on-site. You can also see the snow from above by riding the cable car, such as Vivaldi Park’s gondola ride or Yongpyong Balwangsan Cable Car.

9. When does the snow sledding season start?

Sledding areas at most ski resorts open around mid-December because they require a thicker layer of high-quality snow compared to ski slopes.

The opening dates of the ski resorts will be updated here.

10. Can I book ski lessons on the same day?

Unfortunately no. Due to the limited number of instructors, advance reservations are required. If you’re curious about each ski resort’s lesson programs and schedules, please check the links below.

*We’ll be updating information on lesson programs and schedules for additional ski resorts soon.

11. Is it possible to experience both skiing and snowboarding or switch between them during the experience?

It depends on the conditions of the package or tour you purchased. While it is possible to experience both, considering the time it takes to return the rented equipment and rent and wear new equipment, it is not recommended to do both in one day.

12. Is the ski tour canceled on rainy days?

Ski tours proceed as scheduled even on rainy (or snowy) days. However, please note that it may snow on the slopes.

13. Is it possible to visit the ski resort in March?

Depending on the conditions and weather, some ski resorts may be open until early to mid-March, but it won’t be possible to confirm until late February to early March.

The availability of ski resorts in March will be updated here.

14. Are there age restrictions at the ski resort?

The regulations vary by ski resort. (High1, which attracts many advanced skiers, has the strictest regulations.) The age restrictions are all listed in the reservation page details, and exceptions cannot be made as these are the ski resort’s regulations.

15. Which ski resort do you recommend?

Vivaldi Park Ski Resort is an excellent choice for first-timers and families, as it’s one of Korea’s most popular ski destinations among both locals and tourists. If you’re looking for a wide range of activities, consider Yongpyong Ski Resort, Korea’s largest ski resort. Experienced skiers and snowboarders might prefer High1 Ski Resort for its challenging slopes. Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort, just 1.5 hours from Seoul, is ideal if you want to combine skiing with visits to nearby attractions like Nami Island or The Garden of Morning Calm. For a more local experience, check out Phoenix Park Ski Resort, a favorite among Korean ski enthusiasts. Last but not least, for luxury travelers seeking high-end accommodations, Alpensia Ski Resort is highly recommended. Having hosted events during the 2018 Winter Olympics, the resort boasts top-notch facilities, including upscale lodging options like the InterContinental Hotel and Holiday Inn & Suites.

For more detailed information, take a look at our comprehensive guides to these ski resorts:

16. What if the ski resort suddenly closes?

If the weather warms up faster than expected, the closing date may vary between late February and early March. In such cases, we will inform you as soon as an official announcement is made. Although the opening of the ski resort may be delayed from late November to early December, or the closing may be moved up from late February to early March, the resort is open daily during the season. However, the status of the slopes can change daily, and this information can be checked on the official website of each ski resort.

To get the latest updates on slope conditions, visit the official websites of these major ski resorts:

*Vivaldi Park Ski Resort’s official website will be updated.


Hope these FAQs have helped you plan your ski trip to Korea this upcoming winter! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us at inquiry@trazy.com. For more information on early booking Korean ski packages, visit Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

[Photo Credits]

  • High1 Ski Resort Official Website
  • Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Official Website
  • Alpensia Ski Resort Official Website
  • Yongpyong Ski Resort Official Website

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