I booked a ski trip for our first day in Korea. I made arrangements via email with a Korean travel agency I found online a week before our flight. Most ski resorts in Korea closes in mid March. We were lucky to have two ski resorts that were still open on the week that we were there.
My husband and I were both looking forward to this ski trip. We were picked up from the hotel at 7:30 in the morning. We were told that we’re headed to Yongpyong Resort.
Yongpyong Resort is located on Mt.Barwangsan and was the set of the popular Korean TV drama “Winter Sonata.” Yongpyong will host the technical alpine skiing events of slalom and giant slalom for the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang. It took us 3 hours to get there from Seoul.
We took a quick pit stop.
Before we entered the ski resort, we dropped by a ski rental place for our ski attire and gear.
Richard’s checking if the shoe fits. We went straight to the beginner slope for our basic ski lesson.
Richard had an easier time. For me, walking from our coaster to the snow wearing complete ski outfit was so hilarious and it took me about 20 minutes to reach the snow. I could barely walk in those ski boots. I have never done any ice skating nor rollerblading. I also found the snowski very heavy. I felt like an astronaut taking her first step to the moon. LOL.
Resting after a few minutes on the snow. I realized skiing is not for me but it was worth the experience.
We headed back to the Dragon Plaza for lunch.
You can take a cable car ride from Dragon Plaza to the Dragon Peak in Mt. Barwangsan where you can see the beautiful landscape of the East Sea and the surrounding mountains. It will take you approximately 20 mintues per way. There are a total of 31 slopes with a great assortment of beginner, intermediate and advance runs.
Ski resorts in Korea have fine snow conditions and are equipped with the best facilities for ski enthusiasts. Korea is definitely an excellent destination for your winter getaway!