2018’s Olympic Winter Games held in North and South Korea left snow-lovers from across the globe in awe, eager to hit Korea’s rad slopes! Till then, the Asian country wouldn’t typically come up as a skiing and snowboarding destination. Luckily, that’s changing as fast as you gear up for the ultimate winter adventure! So if heading on a ski trip or a short visit to Seoul over wintertime, check out this guide to the top family-friendly Ski Resorts in South Korea!
200 km from Seoul, tucked among Gangwon-do’s mountains, lies the most famous and renowned ski resort of Korea. It may be that ski enthusiasts feel drawn to its 28 ski slopes or that parents could easily keep the kiddies entertained for weeks in here but –oh boy!- there’s really something for everyone at Yong Pyong!
Winter season runs from mid-November to early April and boasts a wide range of snow sports as well as indoor leisure facilities –from karaoke rooms to a bowling alley and a water park- plus well-deserved indulgences like a spa and a variety of shops!
You can get a day pass for 80,000 KRW and join an English speaking lesson for 300,000 KRW. If you are planning to stay, just book your accommodation through the resort’s website!
If visiting from Seoul, you can either drive, take the local shuttle bus –operates only during the winter season- or the Public Express Bus. Piece of cake!
Yong Pyong Resort, www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/index.do
The High1 Ski Resort takes pride in featuring the puffiest snow in all Korea! Though there are just 6 lifts and 7 gondolas at the resort, its modern facilities –including a 360-degree revolving restaurant- and lift system are quite efficient and easy to use! What we love the most about the resort is that they offer lessons designed specifically for skiers with mobility issues and disabilities –rad!
There’s a wide array of accommodation options, some of them designed to charm the little tykes with colorful and exquisite interior design. As these are located outside the ski area, you’d have to take the free shuttle if staying overnight, which we highly recommend!
Located in Jeongseon, just a 3-hour drive from Seoul, you can get here by booking a day tour or catching one of the shuttle buses that run during winter season.
High1 Ski Resort, www.high1.com/eng/index.do
Located 2.5 hours away from Seoul, the Phoenix Pyeongchang Ski Resort is the second largest ski area in Korea boasting 21 slopes for rad downhillers! Also known for being the freestyle skiing and snowboarding venue for 2018’ Winter Olympics, the resort caters to winter-sports enthusiasts of all levels and will make the delights of even the pickiest guests!
But it’s not all just pro’s thrill in here! Kids get their fair share of fun at the Blue Canyon’s waterpark plus, they can also enjoy a 90m-long sledding slope at the Snow Village, yay!
Check out their website for booking your accommodation and start planning your trip! The best way to get there if you are not driving is to take the brand new Gangneung KTX bullet train line that stops nearby and then hop on the free shuttle bus!
Phoenix Pyeongchang, phoenixhnr.co.kr/en/static/pyeongchang/guide/intro
A Little Step Asia’s favorite for a day-trip from Seoul! The Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort is “the only ski resort in Korea that can be reached by subway”, as they state in the resort’s website. But that’s not the only reason to visit! This ski resort caters mostly to beginners, so everyone can enjoy its smooth and gentle slopes –quite different from some of the Olympic resorts that focus in advance to expert downhillers!
For the tiniest of the tiniest snow babes, there’s a sledding slope admitting children 3 years up –can you imagine anything cuter?
Join a lesson with the whole fam! As 8 of the 10 courses are designed for beginners and intermediate skiers –plus, the resort has an extremely efficient ticketing system-; it doesn’t get that crowded! Have fun as you hone your skills!
Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort, http://www.elysian.co.kr/global/eng/gangchon/ski/ski.asp
Located next to Yong Pyong Ski Resort, the Alpensia Ski Resort may be way smaller than its mega-famous neighbor, but it’s a top choice for families who enjoy skiing in style. Amongst the resort’s main features are a ski jump slope, facilities catering to handicapped skiers and 5-star accommodation hotels with direct access to the slopes –ski-in ski-out peeps!
To get there, you can easily book a comprehensive package from a private operator, take a public bus, or the Gangneung KTX train. From Jinbu Station, you can catch a free shuttle bus to Yong Pyong that also stops at Alpensia.
This resort is perfect for families that prioritize a more intimate, less crowded atmosphere over having a slew of courses options.
Alpensia Ski Resort, www.alpensia.com/en/accomm/ic/hotel-info.do
More popular ski resorts in South Korea!
Welli Hilli Park Ski Resort - 18 slopes, 1.5 hr from Seoul.
Vivaldi Park - The most visited ski resort in Korea, perfect for night skiing as lifts and slopes open from 8:30 am until 5:00 am.
Oak Valley Ski Resort - Great for a crowd-free ski trip!