Though South Korea’s hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics is still far off, there are plenty of great spots now where you can try some gold medal runs of your own.
The peak winter ski season runs from mid-December to mid-February, with the weekdays obviously being the best time to avoid long lines. Here is a list of some of the best spots for skiing, snowboarding or building a snowman.
Mount Sinbulsan and her seven runs is home to the only ski resort that is close to Busan allowing you to get there on a bus in just a few hours. Two of the slopes are for beginners, three for intermediate skiers and two for advanced. www.english.yangsan.go.kr
Future home to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Alpensia has six slopes, but will be going through some serious upgrades over the next few years. Pretty cool to ski where the best in the world will one day be taking to the slopes. www.alpensiaresort.co.kr 033-339-0000
Muju is one of the most popular and features the highest and longest slopes, as well as a Nordic Run going 48 km from Muju to Chonju. Kangsan Travel sells package trips from Busan including chair lift, transport and rentals at a reasonable price.
www.mujuresort.com 063-322-9000 (Elevation:1530 m)
Opened in 1976, Yongpyong is way up in Gangwon-do Province, so count on long bus ride from Busan to get there or jump from Seoul on over. It has some great slopes and resort living. www.yongpyong.co.kr 033-335-5757.
Near Yongpyong, Phoenix Park is considered to be one of the more snowboard-friendly resorts. If you are looking to whip it around without tee-ing off the ski bunnies, this is your spot. www.phoenixpark.co.kr 1588-2828
If you happen to be up in smog central for a few days, Pine Resort is close to Seoul and offers some fair to midland skiing for the average Joe or Josephine. But if you are going all the way from B-Town, pass. www.pinersorts.com 031-338-2001
While the chances of seeing a bear are as likely as seeing an ajuma taking to the slopes in the buff, there is some decent skiing to be had here. There are also hot springs and some good local grub. Several hotels near the resort if you don’t wanna pay resort prices. www.bearstown.com 031-540-500
You can take a train to Wonju Station and then hop in a taxi for a 20-30 minutes, or hitch a ride on the local shuttle bus that runs during the day to the resort. There are plenty of hotels nearby the resort. Not one of the higher mountains, but the runs are good. www.hdsungwoo.co.kr 033-340-3600
Gangcheon has a wealth of accomodations, some steep runs and is eatily accessible by train. If you want to mix it up, you can do ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls. Take the train to either Cheongnyangni or Seonbuk stations and grab a taxi or a shuttle bus to the hills. www.gangchonresort.co.kr, 033-260-2000
Stop with the stoner jokes. This is the newest ski resort in Korea, and it has all the modern amenities including those absolute musts, such as a couple of casinos. Catch a train from Seoul’s Chongnyangni Station at 9:50 p.m. which arrives at 1:45 a.m. and ski the next day. www.high.co.kr 033-590-7811
For an extended list of ski resorts in Korea, check out the Visit Korea website.
You can also check out the official page for the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea.
If you are looking for package tours for skiing in Korea, this is a good site to start.