What You Need to Know for Your First Ski Trip in South Korea

Planning your first ski or snowboarding trip can be daunting, but no worries as this guide will give you a comprehensive guideline on the things you should consider and plan to help you have the best time ever!


Which ski resort should I choose?

This depends on your needs –the time, budget, your level of skiing or snowboarding – so there is no definite answer to this question. However, we can give you some advice and suggestions that you may want to take into consideration when choosing your ski resort in Korea.

1. Beginner skiers – “Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort”

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

If you are a beginner skier, you probably won’t be able to use all the facilities and make the most of your ski experience at the big ski resorts because you will be busy adjusting to the slopes.

So instead, try hitting the slopes at the ski resorts that offer bunny and nursery slopes with wide and long runs like Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort.

Not only it’s the closest ski resort to Seoul (about half and hour drive away) in Gangwon Province, the largest ski area in the country, there are also plenty of popular tourist attractions nearby, including the famous picture-perfect Nami Island.

Get the best deal for Nami Island & Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort 1 Day Trip here.

2. Family-unit skiers – “Yongpyong Ski Resort”

Yongpyong Ski Resort

Another thing you must take into account when planning a ski trip is who you’re going with, whether it is just you and your partner or a larger group.

If you’re taking children with you, look for ski resorts that are well-catered to family-unit visitors. The ones that offer nursery slopes and comprehensive childcare options would be great.

You also may  want to think about whether you would you like to experience other activities in addition to skiing and snowboarding such as sledding, spa or water park if you’d prefer not to be on the slopes all day and you’d like to spend some family time at the resort.

Yongpyong Ski Resort is rated the best ski resort in the country and has a variety of entertainment amenities and attractions from a sledding slope, golf club, a water park to gondola tour.

Moreover, this ski resort’s got the biggest number of slopes – 28 slopes in total – for different ability levels. So if you are in a group of people with different skiing levels, Yongpyong Ski Resort can be a great option.

Please keep in mind that this season, as Yongpyong Resort is one of the venues of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the resort may be closed after January 24th.

Get the best deal for Yongpyong Resort 1 Day Ski Trip here.

3. For après-ski – “Phoenix Park”

Phoenix Park

If après-ski (entertainment, nightlife or social events that take place in the ski resort) is the most important thing to you, Phoenix Park is the perfect place to go.

This ski resort hosts various fun events every weekend during the ski season such as concerts and fireworks.

Please keep in mind that all of the slopes at Phoenix Ski Resort will be closed after January 21, 2018 due to 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Before January 21, a total of 8 slopes including Penguin, Valley, Dizzy, Hawk Fantasy, Paradise, Panorama, Sparrow and Joy (Extreme Park) are open to visitors.

Get the best deal for Phoenix Park 1 Day Ski Trip here.

What else should I book for my ski trip?

Unless you are booking an all-inclusive ski tour package (including everything from flight to accommodation to transport), you will be booking each of them separately.

It’s highly recommended that you hire a private transfer to the ski resort from/to the airport or from/to your accommodation if you’re in a large group. And make sure you book everything in advance before hopping on your plane during the peak season.

Check out the best private transfer services to the best ski resorts offered on Trazy.com below.vivaldi-park_transferphoenix-park_transferyongpyong_transferalpensia_park_transferhigh1_transfer

Which ski resort should I stay?

For those who want to stay an overnight at a Korean ski resort, here are the most recommended packages that include an accommodation and let. Pick according to your taste!

1. Alpensia Ski Resort for a 5-star luxury experience

2d1n_alpensia2d1n_alpensia_ice_fishing2. Yongpyong Ski Resort for family fun seekers

2d1n_yongpyong_ice-fishing3. Vivaldi Park for hardcore skiers – ski 24/7 on the slopes!


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What do I need to bring?

If you’re traveling alone, you will have to rent and hire equipment and clothes all by yourself. But it is highly likely that you will face a language barrier and be wasting most of your time comparing the prices of gear and clothing when you’re at the ski resort.

Booking a ski tour package will save your time and lessen your hassle as ski clothing, gear and equipment rental are included at your convenience.

Read more  ultimate ski packing list for a full list of things you’ll need to take. 

Should I book lessons?

Yes, it is highly recommended for first-time skiers to take a lesson and practice before hitting the slopes.

Private lessons are relatively pricey but they are cost-effective as you will progress more quickly by receiving a personalized guidance.


What other costs are there to consider?

Do consider the expenses you will be spending on food and drink at the ski resort unless you bring your own food from home.

And if you are going to enjoy some other attractions in the ski resort, do consider bringing extra expenses. Most of the ski lift passes include the gondola ride to the peak of the mountain at some of the ski resorts, but if you are not skiing and you haven’t bought the lift pass, you will have to buy a gondola ticket.


If you want to find the perfect ski package or deal for you, take our short 4-question quiz here. It’s very simple, so try it for fun! 😉winter-campaign-quizIf you want to have the maximum fun this winter in South Korea, don’t forget to visit Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!button_main-winter-campaign

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