For us, the most compelling reason to head to South Korea for your next skiing holiday is simply because it is so….different! Only a very few visit Korea, a country not well-known as a holiday destination, which is a tragedy because it’s truly awesome! This is the world’s 12th largest trading nation, They create technology more futuristic even than Japan. Yet they also have literally hundreds of colorful, detailed Buddhist temples. This is also the home of K-Pop. They have ‘Gangnam Style’, for god’s sake!
There are many other reasons to point your skis at South Korea…
Yongpyong and Alpensia have a truly world-class infrastructure, with includes every facility imaginable and a few you never even thought you needed - air hoses to blow the snow off your skis at the end of the day, for example. You’ll find super-fast efficient lifts (no surface tows!), state-of-the-art snow-making capability and fastidiously manicured pistes.
Ski from nine in the morning until midnight. Wow!
South Korea will be on your telly constantly during 2018, when the Olympic circus comes to town. Ski the Giant-G track in Yongpyong and stand at the top of the ski jump in Alpensia. Any country / resort considered fit for a Winter Olympics can’t be half bad, and the investment continues…
Korean people are a super-friendly bunch. They are natural extroverts, with a keen sense of (slapstick) humour and a welcoming disposition. And, because they don’t get too many foreigners on their slopes, your novelty value makes you extremely popular.
The cuisine is simply divine! Food seems to permeate every aspect of life in Korea, it is much more than merely something to fill the belly. Kimchi is ubiquitous, comes in hundreds of different varieties (who knew?) and is served with (literally) everything. Korean BBQs are tremendous fun, cooking your meat at the table. Even if its just fried chicken served with a cold beer, it somehow tastes better in Korea.
The capital is a fascinating and enthralling city, quite unlike anywhere else you’ve ever been to. Head just north and whilst you’ve seen the border with North Korea on the television, nothing can prepare you for the surreal experience of visiting the DMZ. As a piece of un-resolved living modern history, it’s utterly fascinating. Kind of like a cold-war theme park…but with real guns.
South Korea contrasts and combines well with Japan. For the uninitiated, they may appear to be two sides of the same coin, but don’t let their proximity to each other fool you. The snow, the skiing, the culture, the national temperament, the cuisine and the overall experience are all far removed from each other.