5 unforgettable ski resorts in Korea for every traveller out there

5 unforgettable ski resorts in Korea for every traveller out there

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Text: Janice Sim

Look no further — your next ski vacation awaits in Korea

When you think of the perfect ski break, you probably envision gliding down the majestic slopes of Aspen or shoveling your way through Niseko's fluffy powder. Yes, winter's usual suspects. But what most of us are overlooking while planning for our next ski escapade are the snowy runs in Korea. In fact, its pristine slopes could just be the country's best kept secret.

With the year closing in, and the mercury dipping drastically in the land of kimchi, we figured there's no better time for an unforgettable ski adventure. So with a little help from the experts at the Korean Tourism Organisation, here are five stunning ski resorts, no more than four hours from Seoul. From luxurious lodges to adventurous trails, there's bound to be a perfect break for you in this curated list.

Number of slopes: 21
Number of lifts: 14 
Travel time from Seoul: 3.5 hours by bus 

The ultimate paradise for the serious skier, Deogyusan Resort is set in the natural sanctuary of Deogyusan National Park — so expect picturesque snowscape views as you cruise your way down the slopes. The resort is also known for having the longest ski slope in Korea, the 'Silk Road' slope, which measures up to 6.1km. Up for a challenge? The 'Raiders' slope is Korea's steepest one yet. We suggest this one only for the daredevils.  

Ski trips in Korea

185 Manseon-ro, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

Number of slopes: 18
Number of lifts: 9  
Travel time from Seoul: 4 hours by train

If skiing is your family's way of making merry, High1 Resort will certainly tick all the right boxes. Amongst the 18 breathtaking slopes here is a 4.2km gently-sloping course targeted at beginners. The resort is also touted for its convenient facilities, which caters to people with disabilities and special needs. Besides conquering the slopes, you and your fam can enjoy the other nearby attractions that include Gangwon Land Casino, a theme park, trekking routes, sleigh rides, and a golf course. One thing's for sure, no one's snoozing off in this wonderland.  

Ski trips in Korea

265 High1-gil, Sabuk-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do

Number of slopes: 28
Number of lifts: 14 
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hours by bus

The renowned resort is affectionately known as the 'Alps of Korea', and bears the prestigious record of being the first resort in Korea to offer modern facilities, such as a water park and a golf club. It is also more famously remembered for being the filming location for romantic Korean drama Winter Sonata — making it the perfect backdrop for the lovers and honeymooners out there. A slope you shouldn't miss? The 'Rainbow Paradise' — a long-distance course that spans up to 6km.

Ski trips in Korea

715 Olympic-ro, Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do

Number of slopes: 6
Number of lifts: 3   
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hours by bus 

Apart from the 'Alps of Korea', there's also the 'Alps of Asia', the nickname tagged onto the beautiful Alpensia Resort. As the main venue of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, you can say that this resort is masterfully built, encapsulating a world-class winter sports infrastructure. Expect slopes that boast top-quality snow, exquisite monorails, and top-notch facilities including a golf course and European-inspired lodging. Keen for a cultural experience? The resort holds the inaugural Daewallyeong Music Festival, which features classic performances by world-leading musicans every summer.

Ski trips in Korea

325 Solbong-ro, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do

Number of slopes: 12
Number of lifts: 10
Travel time from Seoul: 1.5 hours by bus 

Fun fact: Vivaldi Park was the first ski resort in Korea to unveil night-time skiing, which means it definitely takes the lead in innovative ideals towards the winter sport. Only 1.5 hours away from Seoul, the slopes here are named specially for the younger masses — Hip-Hop, Techno and Jazz, to name a few. Some of the challenging slopes are even uniquely designed with surprising twists and turns, just to offer unexpected thrills for the veteran skiers. Our favourite thing? After a long day getting sloshed in the cold wet snow, there's the very tempting option of treating yourself at the resort's very own spa.  

Ski trips in Korea

262 Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
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