A Guide To Skiing And Snowboarding In Vivaldi Park, South Korea
During the bitter cold winters of South Korea, there’s nothing better than spending your time in one of the many ski resorts of this mountainous country. The country’s well developed ski resort and transport makes it a great winter sport destination.
I have been skiing since I was 7 years old in France, but only this year have I discovered the ski slopes of South Korea! Since November 2017, I have been skiing on a daily basis as I turned my hobby into my job; a hard working ski teacher! As Information about skiing in Korea and Vivaldi park is scarce and sometimes confusing, I have decided to make ‘A Guide To Skiing And Snowboarding In Vivaldi Park, South Korea’!
QUICK FACTS ABOUT SKIING IN KOREA
- Vivaldi park has been the most visited ski resort in South Korea for the past 7 years, and has a maximum capacity of 20 000 people a day.
- Located only 1h30 from central Seoul, Vivaldi park is the biggest ski resort in the Seoul metropolitan region.
- The Ski World has a total of 12 slopes; 2 beginner, 5 intermediate, 4 advanced and 1 expert slope and a total of 10 different lift facilities, which covers a total of 6300 meters.
- The ski season starts each year around mid November and finishes at the end of February.
- Apart from Vivaldi Park Ski World, you can also find Ocean World, a golf club and an equestrian club.
From Seoul it’s really easy to come to Vivaldi park as there are daily FREE shuttle busses for foreigners from different places in Seoul; Hongdae, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun and Shinsegae. You can make your reservation online, minimum two days in advance.
RENTING SKI & SNOWBOARD MATERIALS
It is really easy to get all your ski & snowboard gear upon arrival. All Korean ski resorts are aware that most people prefer to rent a ski outfit for a day instead of buying their own. These ski resorts are all fully stocked with equipment and clothing rental shops. You’ll rent all of these on a daily basis, even if staying for a couple of day, you’ll have to return them at the end of the day and get new ones the next day. Luckily these rental shops are rather efficient in their process. You’ll have to buy your own gloves, sunglasses and hats; they are sold at a reasonable price in the resort.
The prices for Vilvaldi Park are as following:
Clothing (jacket & trousers): 24 000 krw a day
Ski or Snowboard: 36 000 krw a day
Lift pass: 75 000 krw a day
Total: 125 000 krw a day
TIP: instead of buying each item separately it is recommended to buy a package; which is way cheaper and includes one hour of ski/snowboard lessons. The cheapest package that I have found so far starts from 66 000krw ~ click here for more information about the one day package; to check out the two day packages here.
There are a couple of accommodations around the ski slopes owned by Vivaldi park; the four buildings have different names such as Oak, Pine, Maple and Cherry. Make sure when making your reservation that there will be a bed; as some rooms are Ondol style where you have to sleep on the floor.
- Is this your first time skiing? Take a 1 hour ski lesson to learn the basics like putting on your skies, using your sticks, learning how to stop!
- Dress appropriately, in can get really cold in the mountains of South Korea so make sure you’re wearing enough layers, ski gloves, a hat and thick socks.
- Buy your ski gloves and glasses upfront, as they will be more expensive at the ski resort.
- Vivaldi park has a Jjimjilbang, where you can take a bath after an exhausting day of fun.
- You can ski at the Vivaldi ski resort from 8.30am to 5pm and from 7pm to 5am. Perfect for an evening ski when the slopes will be deserted.
- Book a ski package, it will save you around 40% of the total rental cost. The cheapest packages are starting from 66 000 krw.