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.

Vivaldi Park English Speaking Ski Teacher

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’!

Must Go Places This Winter In 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.

GETTING HERE

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.

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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

Ski Equipment & Ski Lift pass prices
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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

Vivaldi Park South Korea Accommodation

OTHER TIPS

  • 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.

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8 Responses

  1. Shelley says:

    I’m not a skier or snowboarder (despite having grown up in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta) – but this is a great guide for anyone who wants to check out Vivaldi Park…especially the tip about getting a ski package instead of paying for everything separately. (BIG difference in price). 🙂

  2. Kate says:

    Whoa these are some wicked tips for budget-friendly skiing! I had no idea you could hit the slopes from 7 PM – 5AM. Seems like a dangerous way to live considering Korea’s soju obsession within those hours LOL. Do you teach snowboarding as well?

  3. Rocio Cadena says:

    Ahhhh it’s skiing season again! I’ve actually never tried it and really want to but I’m unsure I’ll actually be able to try it out given that I only have a couple months left in Korea. Some of my friends went a couple weeks ago and I have a terrible case of FOMO!

  4. Izzy says:

    I’ve been racking my brain at planning a ski trip to Korea! This can’t come at a more perfect time though since the Olympics are on the horizon and I’m sure before you know it, Korea is going to boom into a must winter destination. Great tip on buying a packaged deal instead of purchasing things separately. I would’ve made that mistake fast and hard!

  5. A great guide to skiing in Korea, I wish you would continue and create more for all the different resorts. I havent been to Vivaldi yet, but your post is super helpful, especially the financial breakdown. Just curious what they mean by new day or new afternoon?!

  6. Samantha says:

    Confession – I’ve actually enver skiied or snowboarded in my life! lol.. I like that this place has lessons AND a jimjilbang! Those things are key for apres ski!

  7. Wendy says:

    wonderful guide… i have a little bit of a trauma when I tried to learn the first time… a very careless novice bumped into me making me fall flat on the snow:-(… he was uncontrollably going down the hill and didn’t know how to stop… my experience of Vivaldi was on a summer. nice on a summer, too.

  8. I’ve noticed – skiing is a thing in Korea huh. I never got a chance to go during my stay! If I do return, this would be a great guide to reference as you’ve added all necessary information. For 125,000 w, I think it would be worth it! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

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