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Top 10 Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in Korea

Today, I will bring you to the top 10 family-friendly ski resorts in Korea. If you’re looking for a specific type of ski resort to meet your skiing needs, I hope this post will be helpful to you.

We had SO much fun during our first snowy winter vacation in Hokkaido last year. Hence, we’re planning for another trip this December. This time, Edison said he wants to learn skiing. I would love to return to Hokkaido for its powder snow. But since we will be heading to Hokkaido this coming June, it will be crazy to go three times in a row.

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Therefore, Korea 🇰🇷 comes into my mind. It’s probably the nearest country to Singapore where we can see snow. Yes, I know… I won’t see that insanely fluffy bliss of powder snow ☃ like in Hokkaido. In comparison, Korea doesn’t get that much of snow – hence the ski resorts rely mostly on artificial snow. But if we don’t mind that, Korea is a good choice because it’s nearer and more affordable.

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Here are TEN family-friendly ski resorts in Korea that you shouldn’t miss out this winter! 😍

1/ Yongpyong Ski Resort

Five times winner of ‘South Korea’s Best Ski Resort’ at the World Ski Awards, Yongpyong Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in the country. It was also featured in two popular K-dramas ‘Winter Sonata (KBS, 2002)’ and ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016)’.

I’ve been to Yongpyong Ski Resort in the summer of 2016, and it was very beautiful. I really wanted to see how the resort looks like when it’s covered with snow. This all-season resort is also very popular among Singaporeans as it’s suitable for all level of skiers.

Yongpyong Ski Resort
Picture Credit: Yongpyong Ski Resort

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hours (Yongpyong Ski Resort Shuttle Bus from Seoul/Airport)
Number of slopes: 28
Number of ski lifts: 14 (including 1 cable car)
Accommodations: Dragon Valley Hotel, Yongpyong Resort Villa Condo
Attractions: Dragon Peak, Asia’s longest gondola course (7.4km), sledding slope for non-skiers, Peak Island (water park)
Tour: Yongpyong Ski Resort 2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour including round-trip transfer, 1N accommodation, ski lift pass and equipment rental
Website: https://www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/index.do

 

2/ Alpensia Ski Resort

Located next to the much larger Yongpyong Ski Resort, Alpensia’s tiny ski hill has just 6 slopes and 3 ski lifts. Nonetheless, it’s a good choice for beginners due to its gentle terrain and smaller size. This resort is also popular among Singaporean families, especially those who are keen to learn skiing.

Best of all, the resort has a couple of massive hotel complexes with direct access to the ski slopes. With better and newer lodging facilities, many visitors prefer to stay at Alpensia and head over to Yongpyong for skiing (better mountains!). It’s less than 10 mins away by car/taxi. I heard that there is no shuttle bus between the two resorts.

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hours (Alpensia Ski Resort Shuttle Bus from Seoul/Airport)
Number of slopes: 6
Number of ski lifts: 3
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel, Holiday Inn Resort Hotel and Holiday Inn & Suites
Attractions: Alpensia Snow Sledding Park, Alpine Coaster, Ocean 700 (water park)
Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort 2D1N Ski Tour including round-trip transfer, 1N accommodation at Holiday Inn & Suites, ski lift pass and equipment rental
Website: https://www.alpensia.com/main.do

 

3/ Phoenix Park Ski Resort

Strategically located at the foot of Mount Taegi, Phoenix is a comprehensive resort that offers a variety of activities such as Phoenix Snow Park, Phoenix Country Club and Phoenix Blue Canyon. Besides many fun snow activities, visitors can enjoy amazing view of the natural mountainous landscape. Even if you’re not into skiing, the resort has Blue Canyon, a huge Mediterranean-style water park with indoor and outdoor zone for you to splash in!

Location: Pyeongchang
Travel time from Seoul: 2 hours (Phoenix Ski Resort Shuttle Bus from Seoul)
Number of slopes: 21
Number of ski lifts: 8 lifts & 8 gondolas
Accommodations: Phoenix Hotel, Phoenix Ski Resort Condo
Attractions: Snow Sled Park, Blue Canyon (water park), Snow Village
Tour: Phoenix Park Ski Resort 2D1N / 3D2N Ski Tour including round-trip transfer, 1/2N accommodation at Phoenix Ski Resort condo, 2-hr beginner lesson, ski lift pass, equipment rental and water park entrance
Website: https://phoenixhnr.co.kr/en/page/main/pyeongchang

 

4/ Daemyung Vivaldi Park

Vivaldi Park is touted as the most visited ski resort in Korea for seven consecutive years. It has state-of-the art facilities and slopes suitable for all levels with new facilities being added every year to maintain its reputation. Only 1 hour from Seoul, this is the closest ski resort from Seoul and the largest ski area in Seoul metropolitan region. This resort was also featured in K-drama ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016)’.

Also, you may have already guessed, this resort can be quite crowded due to its location near Seoul. Moreover, it offers free shuttle bus from Seoul for foreigners so you save all that hassle of getting there. My colleague went there in Dec’18 and she highly recommended it. The resort has a myriad of activities (arcade, table tennis, billiard, bowling, sauna) too!

Location: Hongcheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hour
Number of slopes: 12
Number of ski lifts: 10 including gondolas
Accommodations: The Park Hotel, Suite Rooms in Oak, Pine, Maple and Cherry Wings
Attractions: Ski World, Ocean World, Equestrian Club, Marina Bay Club
Tours: Vivaldi Park 2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour including round-trip transfer, 1N accommodation, ski lift pass and equipment rental. Strawberry-picking and Vivaldi Park Ski Resort 1-Day Tour.
Website: https://www.daemyungresort.com/daemyung.front.foreign.main.vival.ds/dmparse.dm

 

5/ Welli Hilli Park Ski Resort

Designed by a Canadian architect, this remarkable snow park consists of 20 ski routes for skiers with varying degrees of skills. It also has a sledding slope and specialized terrain courses for advanced skiers as well as professionals.

Location: Hoengseong
Travel time from Seoul: 1.5 hrs
Number of slopes: 20
Number of ski lifts: 8 including 1 gondola
Accommodations: Welli Hilli Park Resort Condominium, Youth Hostel
Tour: Welli Hilli Park Ski Resort 1 Day Ski Tour (with KTX bullet train)
Website: https://www.wellihillipark.com/sub3/eng/index.asp

 

6/ High1 Ski Resort

Located in Jeongseon, High1 Ski Resort is famous for its fluffy quality and purest snow, and it’s suitable for beginners to try out winter sports. It offers many beginner-friendly slopes as well as facilities for people with disabilities and special needs.

Location: Jeongseon
Travel time from Seoul: 3 hrs (High1 Ski Resort Shuttle Bus from Seoul)
Number of slopes: 20
Number of ski lifts: 6 ski lifts and 7 gondolas
Accommodations: High1 Grand Hotel, High1 Palace Hotel, Condominium (Mountain, Valley, Hill)
Tour: High1 Ski Resort 3D2N Ski/Snowboard Tour including round-trip transfer, 2N accommodation, ski lift pass and equipment rental
Website: http://www.high1.com/eng/Hhome/main.high1

 

7/ Bears Town Ski Resort

The name of this resort gave me the impression that it’s for kids. Well, not really… 😆 The biggest advantage is its close proximity to Seoul. Bears Town is on the smaller side but if you’re searching for a ski resort accessible from Seoul for a quick ski, this is a perfect choice. There are courses for all levels and ages such as Little Bear for beginners, Snow Cat for intermediates and Big Polar for advanced skiers. Nice names huh!

After your ski trip to Gyeonggi-do, you can also visit these nearby attractions: Petit France, Yeoju Premium Outlets, Paju City, Everland and Korean Folk Village.

Location: Pocheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1 hr
Number of slopes: 11
Number of ski lifts: 8
Accommodations: Tower Condo, Villa Condo
Tour: Bears Town Ski Resort 1 Day Tour including round-trip transfer, ski lift pass, equipment rental, basic ski/snowboard group lesson
Website: https://bearstown.com/_lang_eng/

 

8/ Oak Valley Ski Resort

Oak Valley prides itself on being a premium ski park for the whole family. This luxury first class resort is the perfect place to go skiing in Korea and for a wide range of off-the-slope activities.  With wide slopes that have a gentle incline, it also attracts many beginners who are eager to learn and improve on their skiing.

This resort has a relaxed atmosphere as compared to other ski resorts. So, if you’re looking for a quieter and more intimate ski resort, Oak Valley is a good option. It also offers free shuttle bus from Seoul.

Location: Wonju
Travel time from Seoul: 1.8 hrs
Number of slopes: 9
Number of ski lifts: 3
Accommodations: Ski Village, Golf Village
Tour: Oak Valley Ski Resort 2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour including round-trip transfer, 1N accommodation, ski lift pass and equipment rental
Website: http://www.oakvalleykorea.com/en/main/

 

9/ Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort, with its multitude of ski slopes, is a great destination for skiers of all abilities. The resort is located within a beautiful valley, and skiers can enjoy a panoramic view of the natural scenery while gliding down the slopes. This makes it a popular sight-seeing destination too. Moreover, this resort is very close to Seoul (reachable by subway) and the beautiful Nami Island.

Location: Chuncheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1.5 hrs
Number of slopes: 12
Number of ski lifts: 10
Accommodations: Elsuite Condominium
Tour: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort 2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour including round-trip transfer, 1N accommodation, ski lift pass and equipment rental
Website: http://www.elysian.co.kr/global/eng/index.asp

 

10/ Jisan Forest Ski Resort

Jisan Forest Ski Resort is a great choice if you’re completely new to skiing as it offers courses designed with beginners in mind. There’s a convenient escalator for children and beginners. Don’t worry if you’re no longer a beginner! Jisan also has a couple of intermediate and advanced slopes.

Location: Icheon
Travel time from Seoul: 1.5 hrs
Number of slopes: 7 main slopes and 3 sub-slopes
Number of ski lifts: 5
Accommodation: Condominium
Tour: Jisan Ski Resort 1 Day Ski/Snowboard/Snow Sled/Free Time Tour including round-trip transfer, ski lift pass, equipment rental, basic ski/snowboard group lesson
Website: https://www.jisanresort.co.kr/en/index.asp

So, there you go! 😀 TEN family-friendly ski resorts in Korea to try your hands at winter sports. Who knows? You may even surprise yourself with your skills! Hahah! If you’ve been to any of these resorts, share with me too. Which resort will you recommend? I’d love to hear from you too! 😉

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