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 to 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.
Make sure you reserve an unforgettable night’s stay in Vivaldi Park right here!
• Location: Hongcheon, Gangwondo
• Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 30 mins
• Number of slopes: 12
• Number of ski lifts: 10 (including gondola)
• 2018/19 Opening date: Click here
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 a one-day tour to Vivaldi Park in Korea, click here.
When booking, there are different options for you to enjoy: Ski, Snowboard and Snow Sled for non-skiers.
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:
- Round-trip transportation
- English speaking staff (they will help you with anything you need!)
- Lift pass (lift+gondola / 10:30am ~ 4:30pm) (optional)
- Round-trip gondola ride to the top of the slope (optional)
- Round-trip gondola ride to Snowyland (optional)
- Snowyland entrance ticket (optional)
- Ski/snowboard equipment rental (optional)
- Snow sled rental (optional)
- Ski clothes rental (jacket, pants, and gloves) (optional)
- Ski/snowboard lesson (optional)
*Helmets and goggles are available for rent on-site for an additional 5,000 KRW. For more info, click here.
2. Select an option that suits your needs!
If you’re a complete beginner, we highly recommend you take a lesson since skiing and snowboarding are a lot more difficult than it looks.
There are many options you can choose for the Vivaldi Park 1 Day Tour. If you are not sure which options to go for, check out this list and pick the perfect option for you!
- Vivaldi Park Ski Resort non-ski/snowboard options ↓
- For those who want free time at the ski resort 👉 Gondola Only
- For those who want to enjoy snow sledding 👉 Snow Sled (Snowy Land) Only
2. Vivaldi Park Ski Resort ski options ↓
- For those who don’t need a lesson but everything else 👉 Ski & Clothes Rental + Lift Pass Only (No Lesson included)
- For beginners who want to practice at the beginner hill only 👉 Beginner Ski Lesson (No lift pass)
- For beginners who want to hit the real slopes 👉 Beginner Ski Lesson (+ lift pass)
- For beginners who need extra private lessons before hitting the slopes 👉 Beginner Ski Lesson (+ lift pass + extra 2hr private lesson)
- For experienced skiers who want to go to the next level 👉 Intermediate Ski Lesson (+ lift pass)
3. Vivaldi Park Ski Resort snowboard options ↓
- For those who don’t need a lesson but everything else 👉 Snowboard & Clothes Rental + Lift Pass Only (No Lesson included)
- For beginners who want to practice at the beginner hill only 👉 Beginner Snowboard Lesson (No lift pass)
- For beginners who want to hit the real slopes 👉 Beginner Snowboard Lesson (+lift pass)
- For beginners who need extra private lessons before hitting the slopes 👉 Beginner Snowboard Lesson (+ lift pass + extra 2hr private lesson)
That’s a lot of options you can choose from. Now you may be wondering, what exactly is the difference between the Beginner Ski Lessons and Intermediate Ski Lessons? We’ve made a clear guideline so that you can determine whether you are a beginner or an intermediate level skier, which is helpful in deciding which options to choose from the 1 Day tour to Vivaldi Park.
As a Beginner, you will be taught the following and have to be able to do them:
Beginner Ski Lesson
- Learn the name’s of ski equipment & roles
- Learn how and be able to put on a ski on your own
- Warm-up – slide by one leg with a ski plate
- Learn how to break fall and stand safely
- Learn how to control speed by making the A-shape and move on a flat area
- Learn the basics of changing directions
- Learn how to stop immediately on an easy slope & to take the ski lift safely
If you have mastered these, you are eligible to tread through the Intermediate skier course, which you will learn the following:
Intermediate Ski Lesson
- Warm-up – slide or skate on flat ground / make A-shape and stop
- Take the ski lift and go up the slope
- Getting used to sliding and stopping on top of the slope
- Learn how to change directions – ‘Pflug Bogen’ – basic turning whilst keeping A-shape
- Using weight shifting technique to change direction
- Learn how to do the Parallel – gather ski plates after turning
- Practice lifting one leg in the air and keeping balance whilst turning
- Putting on skis on the intermediate slope
Hope that clears the confusion with the difference between Beginner Level and Intermediate Level skiing! Hope you can go through these lessons and become an Advanced level skier in no time! Good luck!
If you want to get more grips on the slopes, you should absolutely choose a private lesson package, where you’ll learn all the basics in detail. But if you are an expert, simply select the option without lessons and go straight to the slopes! ⛷
3. 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.
4. 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.
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 the 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 the 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 in about 7 minutes and what more can I say? Try and see them for yourself!
We offer you the option to choose the Gondola Package in Vivaldi Park which takes you all the way up to the top of the ski slope to just enjoy sightseeing, for those of you who don’t feel like skiing or snowboarding.
7. Choose the right slope 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. Make sure you check out Snowyland!
Recently, the entire snow-sledding area of Vivaldi Park has been remodeled into a theme park which is now called “Snowyland”. Built with 5 unique sledding slopes and numerous thrilling winter attractions and rides. Snowyland is something you DO NOT want to miss when you’re in Vivaldi Park, especially if you are traveling with family. This will be a perfect place to enjoy the snow with kids.
When the sun sets, Snowyland becomes a magical place as candlelights illuminate the ‘Snow Light Street’ and turns into a totally different place, making it a great photo spot! Stop wasting time and get your tickets right here!
We’ve also got a tour where you can visit Seoraksan Mountain and enjoy the skiing/snowboarding or sledding in Vivaldi Park right here!
9. 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 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.
Did you get some ideas on how to plan your trip to Vivaldi Park? Then start planning!
👇 Book your ski trip to Vivaldi Park here!
👇 Or book a ski & sightseeing tour to Vivaldi Park + nearby attractions.
Finally, watch this video below to see how much crazy fun Trazy Crew had fun at Vivaldi Park!
Looking to save some expenses for your trip?
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