Little known fact - three-quarters of South Korea is mountainous. And where there are mountains, there's snow...
South Korea is one of the ski world's best-kept secrets and if you enjoy carving perfect turns in corduroy snow in a far-away country with an exotic culture, then a winter jaunt to the Korean peninsula is worth considering. And time on the slopes can, indeed should, be dovetailed with an exploration of the capital and the nearby DMZ. It is also perfectly possible to combine South Korea with some skiing in Japan.
Ski Resorts in South Korea
The two resorts Different Snow feature are the two best in Korea - and we know this because we've put the time in, travelled around the whole peninsula, bought our lift tickets and skied most of them.
However, from the outset we need to set expectations and make it abundantly clear what skiing and boarding in South Korea is actually like. For purists, don’t come here expecting to have your horizons widened and your ski-mind blown – the Koreans remain unenlightened about the joys of venturing off-piste (i.e. you can't do it) and the amount of challenge will rarely overwhelm. However, anyone from novice to upper-intermediate will find plenty of interest on the slopes, making South Korea an ideal destination for the easy-going skier, looking for an alternative and fascinating holiday. All told, skiing in Korea is a very pleasant experience...but certainly not game-changing in the way Japan can be.
We stick with the best of the best; Yongpyong, in PyeongChang district and host to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and High 1, a newer ski resort in the heart of the Taebaek Mountains. Here you’ll find modern facilities and a varied range of ski terrain, from gentle novice areas to some respectively challenging black runs. Both resorts we feature enjoy a remarkable amount of facilities, the lifts are super-modern and efficient and the infrastructure second-to-none.
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The Ski Season
The resorts are usually open from mid-December through until late March. However, with the snowfall not being as abundant as it is over the water in Japan (the ocean being the key climactic factor), we’d suggest that you stick to the peak season months of January through to mid March.