8 Tips You Need to Know Before Visiting Vivaldi Park

Hello Trazers! Greetings from a member of Trazy Crew. Last time, I tried skiing (for the first time in my life) at Phoenix Park, which was crazy fun, and now it has become one of my favorite outdoor activities.

But I found out that young and hip Koreans are hooked on more “trendy” sports like snowboarding nowadays. So I headed to Vivaldi Park, or Daemyung Vivaldi Park, which is a ski resort very popular among Koreans in their 20s.

And based on my (100% real) experience, here I bring you some handy travel tips and advice that you should know before you go skiing or snowboarding to Vivaldi Park in South Korea. 🙂vivaldi-park-review-7

1. Don’t figure out your way to the resort by yourself

Just like the last time when I visited Phoenix Park, I joined a one-day tour because I found it very, very convenient. You may want to read about my skiing experience at Phoenix Park here as well.

I’ve done both independent travel and package tours, but I personally prefer tour packages over independent travel as these tour packages are the easiest and the most time-efficient way to go on a ski trip.

And thank god, I didn’t have to go through the hassle of figuring out my way to the ski resort, such as comparing the prices and so many more things that I have to deal with when planning a ski holiday!

Seriously, these ski tour packages saved my time (and will save yours, too). For more info about the tour, click here.vivaldi-park-review-3When you book your trip, take note that there are different options for you to enjoy: Ski, Ski Lesson and Snowboard. I chose the Snowboard option since I already tried skiing last time at Phoenix Park. Pick whichever you’d like to try this winter – all of them are fun!

Check out what’s included in the tour package:

  • round-trip transportation
  • ski lift pass (for both lift & gondola)
  • equipment & clothing rental (jacket, pants and gloves)
  • English speaking staff (they will help you with anything you need!)

*Helmets and goggles are available for rent on site for an additional 5,000 KRW. For more info, click here.

2. Pick the less crowded days

When I arrived at Vivaldi Park, I saw the ski resort was bustling with people (even though I visited on Friday) so it took a while for clothing rental. It may also be because Vivaldi Park is a very popular destination for skiing and snowboarding.vivaldi-park (7).jpgThe clothing must be returned to the rental shop by 3:30 pm, so when you consider that and the amount of time you have to enjoy the slopes (and possible delays due to long queues and such), it’s a good idea to go on a day other than Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Personally, I would advise you steer clear of the weekends and stick to going on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowd.

3. Use the changing room in the equipment rental area

If you decide to go alone, use the changing room in the ski/snowboard equipment rental area (located across from the building where you rent ski clothes).

Personally, I don’t recommend the changing room near the ski clothes rental area at Vivaldi Park inconvenient because there were no separate sections to change the clothes, which means you will have to change with all the female visitors at the resort.

But you don’t need to worry if you take the tour package because you will first drop by a rental shop near the ski resort to change into your ski/snowboard clothes and then head to the resort. The changing rooms are not super upscale, but at least you won’t have to rush at this place.

4. Take a lesson if you are a complete beginner

For me, I headed right away as soon as I was geared up, which was around 12:30 pm If you choose the Ski Lesson option, you will have the chance to learn basic skills for 2 hours.

If you’re a complete beginner, I highly recommend you choose the lesson option especially since snowboarding is a lot more difficult. Since my friend knew how to snowboard, she taught me a few basics but I do wish I’d signed up for a private lesson to help me get a hang of it more quickly.vivaldi-park-5The 1-day package doesn’t include a snowboarding lesson option, but you can book a private lesson separately here, where you’ll learn all the basics in detail. But if you are an expert, then go straight to the slopes!

5. Don’t miss out on the eateries!

I think Vivaldi Park is a ski resort where the food’s as good as the slopes, and you don’t want to miss a thing here.

Not only you can find food trucks, a food court, restaurants, cafes and food stalls at the Main Center building, there is also a separate underground complex called Viva Plex (near the entrance of the Main Center) where you can find various dining places that offer more than casual eateries.vivaldi-park-1So even though lunch meal is not provided in the tour packages, there is something for everyone at Vivaldi Park and I personally prefer them without a lunch meal since you will want to try every treat and food offered here.

6. Take advantage of the lift pass

If you’re not that into skiing or snowboarding, I strongly recommend you to use the lift pass and try riding the gondola up to peak, which offers an amazing panoramic view of the entire resort and the surrounding winter landscapes. The 8-seater gondola takes you up to the peak about 7 minutes and what more can I say? Try and see them for yourself!vivaldi-park-review-6

7. Choose the right slopes for your level

Vivaldi Park has 12 slopes in total – 2 for beginners, 5 for intermediate to upper-intermediate, 4 for advanced and 1 for the experts. vivaldi-park-review-5If you are a beginner, go for the Blues and Ballad courses. The Blues slope has very slight inclines, making it perfect for complete beginners (like me) to practice on.

In contrast, the Ballad slope has a few steep inclines but they aren’t super intimidating. However, I was too terrified to even attempt snowboarding down it so I just went down the Blues slope twice. But my friend who was also a beginner attempted it though!

8. Spark your romance!

Last but not least, Vivaldi Park was featured in some of the scenes from the latest Korean drama called “The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS)“, starring by famous Korean actor and actress, Jun Ji-hyun (Sim Chung) and Lee Min-ho (Heo Joon-jae). In Episode 6, Sim Chung asks Heo Joon-jae to take her somewhere with snow and the two enjoy skiing on the slopes at the resort!

Being the most visited ski resort for 7 years, Vivaldi has become even more popular after it appeared on the screen.
legend-of-the-blue-sea-vivaldiWhether you are K-drama enthusiast or not, the snowy slopes and sceneries in and around Vivaldi Park is the perfect spot to turn up the heat on your romance.

featured-image1Did you get some ideas on how to plan your trip to Vivaldi Park? Then, now is the time to start planning! When you are planning, do take these tips and advice in this post.

Or book your trip here immediately if you want to have the time of your life this winter in Korea!

To find more winter tours and ski packages, make sure you drop by and browse on Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!
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Which Ski Resort Was Korean Drama “Goblin” Filmed at?

Who’s been watching “Goblin” or “Goblin: The Lonely and Great God“, the hottest and newest Korean drama around? If you are not watching it, you are missing out big time!

Starring Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, Kim Go-eun and Yoo In-na, the drama is currently airing on Korean cable channel called tvN on Fridays and Saturdays. Dominating both domestically in South Korea and internationally, “Goblin” has even broken the record of “Signal” in overall viewership ratings!goblin poster.jpgFor those who have not been following this drama, it is a romance-thriller drama about an immortal goblin (Gong Yoo) who is a protector of souls looking for his bride (Kim Go-eun) who can end his immortality and let him rest in peace. He also lives with a grim reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) who is in charge of taking deceased souls.

And for fans of Goblin, here we bring you one of its filming locations, Yongpyong Ski Resort from Episode 9, which is a must-visit spot for all K-drama enthusiasts!

Being the most popular K-drama these days, the ski resort is seeing a huge popularity as well.Yongpyong.jpgFYI, Yongpyong Resort is the largest ski resort in South Korea and it is also the main venue for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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Now, let’s follow in the footsteps of Goblin at Yongpyong Ski Resort!

#1 Dragon Plaza – Eun-tak’s new hidden workplace 

ski rental area.jpgIn episode 9, Eun-tak works at a lodge in the ski resort after fleeing Shin’s (Gong Yoo) home upon finding out the tragic truth about the sword in his body and how pulling it out will end his immortality. Thanks to Deok-hwa (Yook Sung-jae), Shin finally manages to locate Eun-tak.

The two end up reuniting and reconciling as they confirm each other’s feelings toward each other. Though it’s good that they both love each other, it is also tragic as their fate is that one of them has to die for the other to live (sob!).ski equipment rental.jpgThe lodge where Eun-tak works is the rental shop on the 1st floor of Dragon Plaza.

#2 Dragon Peak & The Sky Garden – Site of the romantic back hug

back hug.jpgDid you ever wonder where the back hug scene was taken? It’s when Shin finally confesses his feelings to Eun-tak and gives her a back hug against this amazingly beautiful backdrop, the Dragon Peak Sky Garden.

Try to drop by this garden when you visit Yongpyong Resort. It’s indeed the perfect place to go with a special someone and maybe even recreate the scene!dragon-peakYou will also find Dragon Peak, a traditional Swiss-style building housing a coffee shop, Korean restaurant and steakhouse next to the garden, which is a great place for visitors and skiers to take a rest. Nothing like a hot drink and some delicious food when it’s freezing cold!

To add, the garden is surrounded by white, powdery snow and is the starting point to the walk to the peak of Balwangsan Mountain, the 13th highest mountain in South Korea.

Here, you will be able to take in the breathtaking view of the snow-covered mountains and a forest full of yew trees that can live for 1000 years! No wonder why Goblin chooses this spot as the backdrop for the scene! 😉

#3 Dragon Peak Gondola – Shin & Eun-tak’s heart melting eye contact

As she rides, Eun-tak lights up a match to summon Shin who, to her disappoint, doesn’t show up. Or so she thinks.

As she approaches the area to alight from the gondola, she lights up with a smile on her face as she sees Shin, waiting for her with his hand extended towards her. Well, this was another scene that made our hearts melt, seeing how lovingly they both gaze at each other.

The gondola that Eun-tak rides is actually one of the best-known attractions in Yongpyong Resort. It boasts a 3.7 km-long ride, one of Asia’s longest, and offers magnificent views of surrounding landscapes.

Didn’t all the scenes from the episode make you want to visit this place? Then go and follow the footsteps of Goblin (and maybe find your own good-looking goblin) at this awesome ski resort in Korea!

Join our one-day trip if you want to visit Yongpyong Ski Resort hassle-free here. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find your own special someone there.

You may also want to check out more of the filming spots from Goblin from our website here.

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9 Reasons Why First-timers Should Join a Tour to Phoenix Park

Greetings from a member of Trazy Crew! Since it’s winter and the weather is perfect for skiing, I headed to Phoenix Park to enjoy a day of skiing with the Phoenix Park Ski Resort 1 day Ski/Snowboard/Snow Sled Tour!

As a first-time skier, I had no clue on what to prepare for my ski trip. But I had nothing to worry as this one-day tour solved everything! If you are just like me, here are 9 great reasons why you must book this tour to Phoenix Park instantly based on my (100% real) actual experience!phoenix-park-ski-resort-12For those of you who are not familiar with Phoenix Park, it is a ski resort chosen as one of the venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. It has a high-quality snow and slopes for people of all different levels, so if you are searching for a great ski destination in Korea, take Phoenix Park into consideration.

1. Convenient & Comfortable Transport

If it’s your first time skiing, you may find yourself pressed for time as you try to fit skiing, eating and exploring the grounds into a short time frame before you have to head back to Seoul.

However, as this tour starts early, departing at 6:40 am from Hongik University Station and 7:10 am from Myeongdong Station, I was at the ski resort by 10 am (around a 2.5-hour journey), giving me plenty of time to enjoy skiing as well as the various other attractions without rushing.

The bus was spacious and cozy and since there weren’t many people on the bus, I could even take up two seats and pass out comfortably (the bus may be packed on weekends)! The best part is that there is no minimum number of participants required to sign up for the tour so you may sign up for it alone and meet new people while skiing!

2. Easy & Effortless Clothing & Equipment Rental

Equipment and ski attire rental were included in this tour package along with lift and gondola passes. Goggles and helmets aren’t included and must be purchased separately (5,000 KRW for goggles, 10,000 KRW for helmets) but aren’t required.Clothing.jpgI first rented and changed into clothing at a shop outside the resort. Here’s a tip. When you choose a ski jacket and pants, pick the ones with neon colors and fancy patterns, that you normally would think tacky, as they stand out in photos against the white snowy background!

Once I changed into my ski attire, I boarded the bus to the ski resort. In the bus, the staff handed out neck warmers and gloves to keep my hands and neck warm on the slopes!phoenix-park-ski-resort-7 Soon we arrived at the resort and rented ski equipment. rental-receiptI was given a receipt that I would need later to return the ski equipment. Make sure you don’t lose it!Rental.jpgOur instructor helped us with putting on our ski boots. You don’t want them to be too tight, but you do want them to be tighter than regular shoes. Finally, I put all of my belongings in a coin locker to keep them safe.

3. Convenient to Move Around the Complex

phoenix-park-ski-resort-14A huge plus of the ski resort was the fact that everything was located within close proximity. The parking lot where we got off the bus and ski house were very close to each other as well as the gondola.subsidary-facilitiesThe ski house was within a 5-minute walking distance from the Center Plaza which housed all the subsidiary facilities like the arcade, bowling alley and convenience store.

4. Friendly Staff & Energetic Instructor

The staff were also all very kind and helpful, able to speak both English and Chinese and they regularly updated us throughout about rest stops and how much longer till we reached the resort so we weren’t constantly wondering what was going on.Lesson 2.jpgOur ski instructor was also the most enthusiastic and energetic person ever. Don’t worry about communication since he speaks English! It felt like we were skiing with a close friend since he was so easy to get along with.

5. Well-organized Ski Lessons

You might think that ski lessons that are part of package tours are very briskly taught, but that was not the case at all with this tour.

Our instructor patiently led and taught us everything from warming up to how to fall safely to how to control the gears on the skis. The instructions were detailed and precise and there were plenty of demonstrations to make it easy for us to understand.

I’d highly recommend choosing the “Lesson” option in the package if you’re a complete beginner since it makes a world of a difference. I learned so much during the lesson that really helped me ski without any fear.

6. Variety of Slopes for Everyone

The itinerary gave us plenty of time to enjoy skiing as well as everything the resort had to offer. I would highly recommend taking the gondola up to the highest peak, Mont Blanc, which has an elevation of 1050 meters and offers outstanding views.mont blanc.jpgAs for slope courses, the Penguin and the Sparrow are perfect for beginners and the Hawk Course is suitable for those who have a bit more experience. If you want a challenge, take the gondola up to Mont Blanc and ski all the way down!
phoenix-park-ski-resort-4From Mont Blanc, take the beginner’s Panorama Course (though the course is labeled as being for beginners, it changes slightly to an intermediate course throughout with steep slopes so be careful). In the middle of the downhill, there is a rest area to take a break in.
phoenix-park-ski-resort-6*Make sure you distribute your time well as you should arrive at the base at around 3:45 pm, return all of your gear and equipment to the Ski House at around 4:00 pm and depart on the bus to Seoul at 4:30 pm!

7. Lift Pass & Gondola Tickets for Scenic Rides

Another great thing I liked about this tour package is that it also included both lift and gondola passes. With a lift ticket (in the photo below), you get access to both the lift and gondola. So for those of you who don’t want to ski, use this lift ticket and enjoy the gondola ride!Lift and Gondola Pass.jpgThe gondola ride to Mont Blanc takes around 10 minutes and can carry up to 4 people at a time in one car, offering stunning snowy views that look like something out of a photograph. You can ride it freely anytime from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. phoenix-park-ski-resort-18phoenix-park-ski-resort-23Since it was a weekday, the waiting time for the lift and gondola was only around 5 to 10 minutes. I would imagine it to be a lot longer on weekends, so keep that in mind and manage your time wisely.

8. More Than Just Skiing

At Mont Blanc Peak, there a rest area with a coffee shop which is a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate while admiring the view of the entire ski resort. There is also an area where there is a bridge over a pond and fountain (they are not under operation during winter). Instead of water, there were piles of snow on this particular day so we had lots of fun making snow angels and mini snowmen!phoenix-park-ski-resort-26If you want to try something else than skiing, snowboarding for instance, Phoenix Park also caters towards snowboarders, featuring a snow park called Extreme Park that’s specially designed for snowboarders with a half pipe, table top and round quarter. If you want to experience snowboarding, just select our Snowboard option!

And if you don’t want to ski or snowboard, the tour package also has Snow Sled option, which is recommended for family-unit skiers with children.

9. Great Eateries

There is a multitude of eating and drinking venues to fuel yourself with energy after being out on the slopes! Lunch is provided in the Ski Lesson option so we ate a delicious and hearty meal at an upscale Korean restaurant. Vegetarian options are also available for Muslim tourists. foodIf you choose an option that does not include lunch meal, don’t worry as there is a food court, convenience store and fast food options in the Ski House (I highly recommend you try the waffles in the convenience store)! Restaurant.jpg*Note that Wi-Fi is very limited in the ski resort (but then again, it’s not like you’re going to be on your phone while skiing!)phoenix-park-ski-resort-2Overall, I had an amazing time at the resort and think I’ve developed a new hobby now! The Ski Lesson option was perfect as I didn’t need to worry about distributing my time evenly and got personalized care and guidance.

The instructor also made it possible for me to master the basics of skiing with just one lesson. I also liked how since it was a weekday, there were hardly any queues which certainly helped save a lot of waiting time.

Now that you know the reasons to book the tour package, it’s time to enjoy our video of our crazy fun day at Phoenix Park!

Book a 1 Day Ski/Snowboard/Snow Sledding Trip to Phoenix Park here if you want to have snow much fun like I did! And don’t forget to check out Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, for more fun and informative posts about South Korea like this one!

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9 Best Ski Resorts to Ski, Snowboard and Explore over in South Korea

Winter’s the season for skiing and snowboarding and many of you may also be starting to plan your holiday as you research resorts and try and figure out where to go.

Well, we bring you the ultimate guide to ski resorts in Korea, so if you’re looking for a specific type of ski resort to meet your skiing needs, then read on!

Ski in a Wonderland of Authentic Snow – Gangwon-do

For an ultimate skiing or snowboarding experience in Korea, we recommend you to take a trip to Gangwon-do, a province in the eastern part of the country, which is extremely well known for having excellent snow conditions, seeing the first snowfall in the country around early November.

Boasting the largest number of ski resorts in the country, some of which have been selected as the main venues for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the ski resorts here offer top-of-the-line facilities and awe-inspiring scenery, which will be worth the long distance you travel.

1. Yongpyong Ski Resort: Thrills for All Agesyongpyong-ski-resort-2

As South Korea’s largest ski resort and crowned ‘South Korea’s Best Ski Resort 2016’ at the World Ski Awards for 3 consecutive years, Yongpyong Ski Resort is the resort that’s got something for everyone to enjoy.Famous for appearing in the popular Korean drama, “Winter Sonata (KBS, 2002),” Yongpyong Ski Resort is also the main venue for the much-anticipated 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. 

Yongpyong Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hrs 30 mins
Number of slopes: 28
Number of ski lifts: 13 ski lifts & 1 gondola
About Yongpyong Ski Resort:
∙ Chosen as the venue for Alpine Skiing event at 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
∙ All seasons resort offering low-cost to premium lodging facilities
∙ Seeing an annual snowfall of 250 centimeters, Yongpyong Ski Resort tends to operate slightly longer than the typical ski season, usually until around April
yongpyong-ski-resort-1Must-try attractions in Yongpyong Ski Resort:
∙ Dragon Peak, a Swiss-style building at the peak of Balwangsan Mountain (1,458m)
∙ Asia’s longest gondola course (7.4km)
∙ Sledding slope for non-skiers and family-unit skiers
∙ Peak Island, a family-friendly water park
∙ Mountain Coaster, a fun and exhilarating coaster ride with max speed of 40km/hr

Nearby tourist attractions:
Pyeongchang Trout Festival (January)
∙ Mt. Seoraksan National Park
Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Sauna, spa, screen golf, bowling alley, karaoke, fitness center, arcade, billiard hall, golf club, children’s theme park, hiking path, survival game park, zip line

Best for: Skiers than snowboarders, all levels of skiers & family-unit skiers
yongpyong-ski-resort-5About the slopes:
∙ Relatively narrow slopes, making them ideal for skiers than snowboarders
∙ 4 different zones (Silver, Gold, Red and Dragon)
∙ Rainbow Paradise in the Dragon Zone is the second longest slope in the country (5.6km-long)
∙ Mega Green Slope in the Silver Zone is recommended for beginners
Red Zone for advanced levels
∙ Gold Zone (the second highest amongst the four zones) for intermediates

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2. Daemyung Vivaldi Park: The Hippest Spot for 20-Somethingsdaemyung-vivialdi-park-4

Adding new facilities every year, Daemyung Vivaldi Park is known as a trendsetter among ski resorts. Offering the best night skiing experience and slopes full of twists and turns, it’s the perfect venue for thrill-seeking youngsters in their teens and twenties. Also, Vivaldi Park is where the scenes from the Korean TV drama “The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016),” starring Jun Ji-hyun (Chung) and Lee Min-ho (Joon-jae), were filmed. In the drama, the two characters, “Joon-jae” teaches “Chung” how to ski and they spend a great time at Vivaldi Park!

Vivaldi Park at a glance!

Location: Hongcheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 30 mins
Number of slopes: 12
Number of ski lifts: 10 (including gondola)
About Vivaldi Park:
∙ The most visited ski resort in Korea for seven consecutive years
∙ Accommodates approximately 20,000 visitors daily
∙ New facilities installed every year to cater various needs
∙ Lifts and slopes open from 8:30am until 5:00am
∙ Ski school with well-organized lessons by professional instructors
∙ Largest lodging facility and wide accommodation options
vivaldi-park-3Must-try attractions in Vivaldi Park:
∙ Ocean World, a water park that offers spa during winter
Snow sledding hill for non-skiers and family-unit visitors

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Arcade, shooting/screen shooting range, Kids World, ping-pong hall, bowling alley, sauna, internet cafe, beauty salon, karaoke, recreational forest trail, golf course

Some inconveniences:
∙ Long waiting time for lifts (at least 30 minutes) on weekends
∙ Long queue for beginner courses

Best for: Couples, students & young skiers in their 20’s
daemyung-vivialdi-park-7About the slopes:
∙ Suitable for all levels
∙ Particularly known for its long and wide slopes
∙ 2 beginner, 1 intermediate, 4 upper-intermediate, 4 advanced, 1 expert slopes
∙ Fun slope names such as Funky, Reggae, Classic, Techno, Blues, Jazz
∙ Blues Course for beginners
∙ Rock Course, a 590m long slope with an incline of 28 degrees, is for advanced skiers
∙ Classic Course is not as steep as other intermediate and advanced slopes but is suitable for those who want to practice and elevate their skiing to a higher level

Snowboarding facility: Extreme Park, a snow park specially designed for snowboarders

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3. Phoenix Park: Heaven for Snowboarding Fanaticsphoenix-park2.jpg

With beautiful natural scenery and perfect powder, Phoenix Park is perfect for those yearning for a day on the slopes. It’s also famous for appearing in the popular Korean drama, “Autumn in my heart (KBS, 2000).”

Phoenix Park at a glance!

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 2 hrs
Number of slopes: 21
Number of ski lifts: 8 lifts & 6 sun-kid lifts & 1 gondola
About Phoenix Park:
∙ Chosen as the venue for freestyle skiing and snowboarding event at 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
∙ High-quality snow and slopes
∙ 5-star hotel and condominiums
∙ Direct access from condos to the slopes
∙ Ski and snowboard lessons by certified instructorsphoenix-park-4Must-try attractions in Phoenix Park:
∙ A gondola course to Mont Blanc (1,050m)
∙ Blue Canyon, a Mediterranean-themed water park
∙ Snow Village with a 90m-long sledding slope

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Internet cafes, arcade, karaoke, bowling alley, sauna, swimming pool, walking trail, sheep pasture, sky garden

Some inconveniences: Lower grounds can get quite crowded and waiting times for a lift can be long

Best for: Snowboarders & family-unit visitorsphoenix-park-2About the slopes:
∙ 12 slopes out of the 21 are officially approved for international competitions, including the expert “Mogul” and “Aerial” Courses
∙ 1 training slope, 4 beginner, 2 beginner/intermediate, 4 intermediate, 7 expert slopes

Snowboarding Facility: Extreme Park, a snow park specially designed for snowboarders, equipped with a half pipe, table top, and round quarter

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4. Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort: Perfect for a Spontaneous Getawayelysian-gangchon-resort-2

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort is located closest to Seoul amongst the resorts in Gangwon-do, making it the perfect place to travel to spontaneously for a half or full day of fun. It’s also near popular sightseeing destinations, so non-skiers will have fun too!

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Chuncheon
Travel from Seoul: 1 hr 30 mins
Number of slopes: 12
Number of ski lifts: 10
About Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort:
∙ Closest to Seoul among other ski resorts in Gangwon-do, making it perfect getaway for a one day trip
∙ Conveniently located near many popular tourist attractions
∙ Relatively quiet during weekdays, hardly any waiting time for ski lifts
nami-winter.jpgMust-try attractions in Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort:
∙ Sledding slope for non-skiers and family-unit visitors

Nearby tourist attractions:
∙ Nami Island 
∙ Garden of Morning Calm

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Sports shop, screen golf, billiard, arcade, karaoke, sauna, fitness center, shooting range, swimming pool

Some inconveniences:
∙ Facilities not so upscale
∙ Not too many options for advanced skiers and snowboarders

Best for: Beginners & a short ski break
elysian-gangchon-resort-3About the slopes:
∙ 8 out of 10 slopes are for beginner and intermediate skiers, with the remaining 2 slopes are for advanced skiers
∙ A separate beginner’s slope is also available for a practice
∙ The Pegasus is a 1045m-long course with a mix of both gentle and steep inclines that makes it perfect for skiers to practice short, middle and long turns
∙ Dragon Course is an interesting course that starts from the peak with an intermediate zig-zag course before connecting with a beginner course for the remaining ⅓ of the slope

Snowboarding Facility: A snowboard park where you can practice your skills and tricks

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5. Alpensia Ski Resort: The Fantastic Alps of Asiaalpensia-resort-1

Boasting top-notch leisure and premium lodging facilities as well as a range of slopes, Alpensia Ski Resort is perfect in every way, offering fun for the whole family!

Alpensia Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hrs
Number of slopes: 6
Number of ski lifts: 3
About Alpensia Ski Resort:
∙ Chosen as the venue for ski jump event at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018
∙ 5-star hotel & holiday inns with direct access to ski slopes
∙ Top-notch leisure facilities
∙ Various facilities for the handicapped such as wheelchair rentals
∙ Relatively less crowded than Yongpyong Ski Resort and Phoenix Park
∙ Located near the venue of Pyeongchang Trout Festival
alpensia-sports-park.jpgMust-try attractions in Alpensia Ski Resort:
∙ Alpensia Snow Sledding Park
∙ Alpine Coaster, a fun and exhilarating coaster ride with max speed of 40km/hr
∙ Ocean 700, a family-friendly water park

Nearby tourist attractions:
Pyeongchang Trout Festival (January)
∙ Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Ski Museum, Sports Park, spa, tennis court, children’s playground

Best for: Beginners, snowboarders & family-unit skiers
alpensia-resort-3About the slopes:
∙ 6 slopes in total: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot (in order of difficulty)
∙ 1 beginner, 4 intermediate, 1 advanced
∙ Echo slope for intermediate snowboarders
∙ A separate lesson area for beginners

*Tip: Alpensia Ski Resort and Yongpyong Ski Resort are right next to each other. Since Alpensia’s lodging facilities are better than those of Yongpyong’s and Yongpyong’s ski facilities are better than those of Alpensia’s, you may want to stay a night at Alpensia and then head over to Yongpyong for skiing!

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6. High1 Ski Resort: Home to the Puffiest Powderhigh1-resort-1

Boasting the purest snow powder out of all the other ski resorts in the area, High1 Ski Resort does its best to maintain the snow conditions of the slopes. With cutting-edge facilities such as an automatic sensor system, a hands-free detection system and a state-of-the-art ski lift and gondola system, visitors can freely enjoy the ride without having to show their lift tickets.

High1 Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Jeongseon
Travel time from Seoul: 4 hrs
Number of slopes: 20
Number of ski lifts & gondolas: 6 ski lifts & 7 gondolas
About High1 Resort:
∙ The best snow powder and slope conditions
∙ Ski schools catered to handicapped skiers
∙ Relatively few number of ski lifts, but boast advanced lift system
∙ Convenient facilities for people with disabilities and special needs
∙ Condos and accommodations can be easily accessed by taking a gondola
high1-resort-3Must-try attractions in High1 Ski Resort:
∙ A 40-mins gondola course to Mountain Top at 1,345m
∙ A 360-degree revolving restaurant that offers a panoramic view of Baekwoonsan Mountain
∙ Tube sledge for sledding

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Gangwon Land (a casino), Unamjeong (a popular traditional Korean restaurant where tv drama ‘Sik Gaek’ was filmed), golf course, hiking trail, hot water pool for overnight guests ∙ Alpine Coaster (a type of roller coaster that runs at the max. speed of 40km/hr)

Some inconveniences:
∙ Getting around the complex can be difficult without a vehicle or using the shuttle bus because the buildings within are relatively distant from each other (refer to the map below)
∙ Long waiting time for the ski lift during weekends

Best for: Handicapped skiers, family-unit skiers & intermediate and advanced skiers
high1-resort-4About the slopes:
∙ Slopes named after Greek gods and goddesses: Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo, Victoria
∙ Slopes all vary in level, from beginner runs to 2 slopes certified to hold international competitions by the International Ski Federation
∙ Zeus Course is designated for novice skiers so they can learn the sport safely
∙ Hera Course is built for intermediate skiers but does have steep inclines
∙ Several beginner slopes are located right next to the intermediate and advanced slopes, letting skiers of varying levels ski together

*Tip: We advise staying overnight at High1 Ski Resort for a few days as one day is just not enough to fully enjoy skiing and all the amenities that this ski resort has to offer! 

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Ideal for a Spontaneous Ski Trip- Gyeonggi-do

For those who want to take a short break and go on a quick ski trip during your stay in Seoul, the best option for you is to visit the ski resorts in the outskirts of Seoul in Gyeonggi-do.

Though the snow conditions or facilities at these resorts are of lower quality when compared to the ones in Gangwon-do, their convenient locations make them the ideal destination for a quick getaway for a one-day skiing or weekday night ski trip.

1. Yangji Pine Ski Resort: For Those Seeking a Thrilling Challenge
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Located at the base of Mount Dokjo, skiers can enjoy their time on the slopes at Yangji Pine Ski Resort while taking in the panoramic view of mountain terrain and thick forests. Night skiing is super popular here and there’s a multitude of intermediate and advanced level slopes, so head here for some serious practice!

Yangji Pine Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Yongin
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 40 mins
Number of slopes: 6
Number of ski lifts: 7
About Yangji Pine Ski Resort
∙ All-season round complex resort with beautiful mountains and luxuriant forest
∙ The first ski resort to use the automatic snow-making and snow-tiding facilities to maintain the snow conditions
∙ Ski and snowboard lessons for beginners
yangji-pine-facilities.jpgMust-try attractions in Yangji Pine Ski Resort:
∙ Resting area at the observation tower that offers a fine view of the whole ski valley
∙ Sledding site for children and non-skiers

Nearby tourist attractions:
∙ Everland Theme Park
 Korean Folk Village

Indoor & Outdoor amenities: 
Swimming pool, bowling alley, health center, billiard, sauna, children’s playground, survival game area, golf course

Best for: Family unit skiers, short ski break & night skiing
yangji-pine-resort-2About the slopes:
∙ Variety of slopes with inclines ranging from 5 ~ 36 degrees for all levels of skiers
∙ Slopes are well-lit at night for night skiing
∙ AVEC Course is particularly popular with experienced skiers
∙ Mogul Course is for experts
∙ Snow Park Course offers various obstacles for both skiers and snowboarders
Challenger Course is the top rated run where the National Alpine Ski Competition takes place every year
∙ Only 1 beginner slope but the resort offers various entertainment amenities for families to enjoy besides skiing

2. Jisan Forest Ski Resort: Small-scale and Quaint for Convenience
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Located in Icheon, Jisan Forest Ski Resort is a great option if you’re completely new to skiing or traveling with children and want fun for the whole family. There’s a convenient escalator for children and beginners, the slopes are easy and smooth to go down and the venue is small with everything in close vicinity for comfort.

Jisan Forest Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Icheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 50 mins
Number of slopes: 7 main slopes & 3 sub-slopes
Number of ski lifts: 5
About Jisan Forest Ski Resort
∙ The first resort nearby Seoul to open up a snowboard slope
∙ 5 high-speed lifts with heated seats
∙ Short waiting time
∙ Escalator for children and beginners
∙ Offers nighttime skiing until 4 am

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Supermarket, outdoor stage, basketball court

Some inconveniences:
∙ Relatively small in size
∙ Slopes are mainly for beginners, so not great for avid skiers or snowboarders of intermediate or advanced level seeking serious slope time
∙Even the more intermediate and advanced slopes don’t have much steepness or obstacles that are super challenging
∙ Not much to do besides skiing or snowboarding due to lack of entertainment amenities

Best for: Families with kids, beginners & snowboarders wanting a day out or weekend trip
jisan-resort-1About the slopes:
∙ Slopes in 1 range for beginners, 2, 3 and 5 for intermediate, 6 and 7 for advanced

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3. Konjiam Ski Resort: Perfect If You’re Pressed for Timekonjiam-resort-3

As the first ski resort to limit the number of skiers on the slopes at one time, Konjiam Ski Resort is the perfect place to go if you’re someone who wants to enjoy skiing with minimum waiting around. The resort is also the closest from Seoul, making it a great option for those who want to squeeze some slope time into their busy schedule.

Konjiam Ski Resort at a glance!

Location: Gwangju
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr 40 mins
Number of slopes: 11
Number of ski lifts & gondolas: 5 ski lifts & 14 gondolas
About Konjiam Ski Resort:
∙ Offers the largest ski slopes amongst the ski resorts in metropolitan area
∙ Slopes and snow conditions are well-maintained
∙ Limits its number of daily skiers to 7,000 for the safety and comfort of the visitors
∙ Waiting time for the ski lifts is 15 minutes or less
∙ ME-TIME Pass allows visitors to select the times they wish to ski instead of purchasing a pass based on the time of day. The result: A more efficient and comfortable skiing experience

Nearby tourist attractions:
∙ Mt. Dobong
∙ Gwangju city

Indoor & Outdoor amenities:
Child care, sauna, billiards, cafe, karaoke, soccer field, hiking trail

Some inconveniences:
∙ Slopes and parking lot are far away from each other, so you will have to walk a lot to get back and forth
∙ Relatively low snow quality as resort relies on artificial snow due to the warmer temperature of its locale

Best for: All levels of skiers & family-unit skiers
konjiam-resort-2About the slopes:
∙ 70% of the slopes are reserved for beginner or intermediate skiers, senior citizens and family-unit skiers
∙ Hanui (beginner), Whistle (intermediate low), Zetta 2, Windy 1, Windy, Windy Br., Gale 1 (intermediate), Zetta 1, Gale 2 (advanced)

See all the ski resorts at a glance!

Ski Resort Name

Location Travel Time from Seoul

Number of Slopes

Yongpyong Ski Resort

Pyeongchang 3 hrs 30 mins 28
Phoenix Park  Pyeongchang  2 hrs

21

Alpensia Ski Resort

Pyeongchang 3 hrs

6

Vivaldi Park

Hongcheon 1 hr 30 mins

12

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Chuncheon 1 hr 30 mins

12

High1 Ski Resort

Jeongseon 4 hrs

20

Yangji Pine Ski Resort Yongin 1 hr 40 mins

6

Jisan Forest Ski Resort

Icheon 1 hr 50 mins

10

Konjiam Ski Resort Gwangju 1 hr 40 mins

11

All about Ski Lessons

If you are a first-time skier or a chronic beginner, it’s highly recommended that you take a ski or snowboard lesson before hitting the slopes.

You’ll be gliding down the slopes in no time if you sign up for these awesome ski lessons that are taught in English below!elysian1alpensia-lessonvivaldi-lessonprivate_lesson_phoenixFor more, browse our curated collection of awesome ski packages below! 
ski-sightseeing-buttonovernight-package-buttonOr take this fun online quiz that will help you find the perfect ski packages that suit you the best.winter-campaign-quizIf you find this blog helpful, stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts about everything travelers need to know to have snow much fun in South Korea! And as always, never forget to check out the best travel experiences Korea has to offer at Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop.button_main-winter-campaign

Trazy Launches Winter Campaign 2016-17 | Have Snow Much Fun in Korea!

The cold winter is upon us, and we’re so excited to officially introduce our winter campaign, “Have Snow Much Fun in Korea” to all of you!

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Whoever you are, you’re guaranteed to have Snow Much Fun

Whether it be a romantic couple vacation, solo trip, group excursion or family holiday,
Trazy has everything ready for you to experience just the best awesome winter adventures in Korea.

Oh yes, planning your winter trip in Korea gets that much easier with Trazy.

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To check out our winter campaign right now, click here.

Special Features of Trazy’s Winter Campaign

1. Fun Interactive Quiz

Ski season runs from early December through March and there are resorts scattered all over the country, all of which offer world-class facilities like lifts, gondolas, multiple slopes for people of all levels and state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment.

With so many ski resorts, trying to pick the right one to visit can be a challenging task, especially if it’s your first time. Well, don’t worry because we’re here to help.winter-campaign-quizOur fun and interactive quiz will help find a ski package that’s customized to fit your needs and interests! By taking our quiz, you can find out which ski resort is perfect for you. If you have no idea where to go to enjoy your winter in Korea, don’t fret and leave it to us to help you decide.

Some people like to ski and only ski, others like to enjoy activities like sledding on the side, and some prefer to spend most of the day doing something else like taking a dip in the pool or having fun at a festival.questionsWhatever your distance and attraction preferences or ski ability are, we’ve got something for you to enjoy.

2. A Map of Winter Getaways

mapYou can also check out all the information about the ski resorts on the map such as the distance from Seoul, the number of slopes and ski lifts and levels of skiers that they’re best for.

3. Trazy’s Curated Travel Ideas for Your Winter

themesDetailed information about the ski and sightseeing tours as well as the winter festivals are also available for your convenience!

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Where to Have Some Snowy Day Fun on the Sledding Slopes in Seoul

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Seoul turns into a winter wonderland providing family fun for all and on the very top of that list is sledding! So bundle up and get ready for lots of fun!

Children’s Grand Park Snow Sledding FieldSnow childrenWheeee!!

There are several places to go sledding once the snow falls. One of the most popular places is Korean Children’s Center Snow Sledding Field right next to Children’s Grand Park.

Season

Hours

Cost

Dec 17th 2016 – February 19th 2017 Mon-Sun 9:30AM to 5PM

10,000 won

This lovely park is right next to the Han river. If you want directions and details, click here!

Besides the epic slope you saw above, there’s a wide range of fun activities that everyone can enjoy such as ice sledding, ice fishing, folk games, bumper cars and more!

Snow Ice FishingGet those fishies!

If you’re looking for fun in the South of Seoul, then definitely check out Seoul Land Snow Sledding Park.

Located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggido, Seoul Land is filled with slopes, games, and fun to last you from morning to sunset. Here you’ll find two slopes: The general course that’s 120m (393 ft) and a children’s course that’s 50m (165 ft).

If you have youngsters, it’s recommended to ride the children’s course with an accompanying adult. If you want directions and details, click here!

 snow landYour view on the way down the Seoul Land slope.

You’ll need to purchase your Seoul Land Sledding Park ticket separately from the Seoul Land ticket.

While you’re there, make sure to check out the other awesome things do at Seoul Land like bumper cars, insane roller coasters, 3D and 4D rides.

Season Hours

Cost

Dec 19th 2016 – March 1st 2017 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Jr. High and older: 5,000 won
Elementary and younger: 4,000 won

Another park that you can visit for a similar experience but with a different view would be near the famous Han River. At the Ttukseom Park Snow Slope, you can enjoy snow sledding while taking in the breathtaking view of the Han River in its full glory right beside you.

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Season Hours

Cost

Dec 17th 2016 – Feb 19th 2017 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

General Entry: 6,000 won

Age 3 and below: Free

The tickets to the park are relatively cheaper, priced at 6,000 won for general entry, and free entry for children under the age of 3. There are also amusements to enjoy such as a mini train, motor car, swings and folk games. You can even try experiences like fishing for smelt (a small, silvery-greenfish).

If you’d like to check out the Ttukseom Park Snow Slope, more details can be found here.img_detail_skate12.jpgWant to experience something a little different? Then why not try ice sledding! Instead of on snow, you’ll be sliding around on ice in a sled with a pair of wooden skis that resemble giant chopsticks!

You can enjoy ice sledding at the Yangjaecheon Ice Sledding Rink for 1,000 won! Click here for details and directions.

Season Hours

Cost

Dec 23rd 2016 – Feb 12th 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

1,000 won

img_detail_skate13.jpgThere is also one at the Dorimcheon Children’s Ice Sledding Rink. Here you can enjoy ice sledding for free for an unlimited amount of time! Find out more here.

Season Hours

Cost

Dec 21st 2016 – Feb 19th 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Free

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