Best Ski Resorts In Korea | A Guide To Skiing In Korea

The South Korean winters can be harsh. It’s not surprising people are dreading the moment of leaving their cozy houses and prefer cuddling up on the sofa inside, reminiscing about their last summer holiday. But sometimes we are forced out of our ‘comfort cave’ to go and enjoy the typical winter activities this season has to offer. South Korea, the country that never slows down is the perfect place for this! There’s nothing better than going skiing in Korea’s many ski resorts. Read on to find an overview of the best Ski Resorts in Korea!

Things To Know About Skiing In Korea

Before hitting the slopes for a day of skiing, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. First, make sure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions, with warm layers and waterproof outerwear. It’s also essential to wear a properly fitting helmet and goggles to protect your head and eyes from injury and glare. Before you start skiing, take the time to stretch and warm up your muscles to avoid injury. Additionally, be aware of your surroundings and other skiers on the slopes, follow the designated trails, and obey all signs and instructions from the ski patrol. Finally, make sure you’re familiar with the various difficulty levels of the slopes, and choose runs that are appropriate for your skill level. By keeping these tips in mind, you can enjoy a fun and safe day on the slopes.

  • Foreigner Discount Packages: going to the best ski resorts in Korea can be quite expensive, except when you are a foreigner. Many discounted all-in packages are available to foreigners looking to go skiing. Check out Trazy for the best packages.
  • What To Wear: when purchasing a package, a ski outfit is also included. This you wear on top of your daily clothes. Gloves, hats, scarfs etc are not included. Check out this Korea packing list for more info.

Overview Best Ski Resorts In Korea

Resort NameSlopesBest For LevelPriceOur Rating
Vivaldi Park12Beginner – Intermediate$$
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4.2
Elysian Resort8Beginner – Intermediate$
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4.0
Star Hill Resort6Intermediate – Advance$$3.8
Bears Town Resort11Intermediate – Advance$
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4.2
Phoenix Ski Resort18Beginner – Intermediate – Advance$$$4.5
Yongpyong Ski Resort28Intermediate – Advance$$$
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4.6
High 1 Ski Resort18Intermediate – Advance$$$
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4.6
Alpensia Ski Resort6Intermediate$$$
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3.8
Oak Valley Ski Resort9Beginner – Intermediate$$4.0
Welli Hilli Ski Resort18Beginner – Intermediate – Advance$$4.1

Best Ski Resorts In Korea (Near Seoul)

Some of Korea’s ski resort are located within 1h30 from Seoul, which is perfect for a day trip or even some after work evening ski. The closest ski resorts to Seoul are accessible by subway and others with a free daily shuttle bus. If you are a beginner then these are the best ski resorts in Korea for you!

1. Hongcheon Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Ski Resort Korea

With slope names like Funky, Hip-Hop and Rock the resort is focused towards young adults. Located only 1h30 from Seoul, and with daily free shuttle buses leaving from different locations in Seoul, Vivaldi Park is a perfect day trip away from Seoul. Overall the park has a total of 12 slopes and 10 lifts; which includes 2 gondolas. The resort also has 2 mogul slopes, a half pipe and a snow park. Perfect to take your skiing or boarding to the next level.

vivaldi park ski resort

Opening Times: 8.30 – 17.00 and 18.30 – 05.00
Accommodation: Daemyung Vivaldi Park
Price: Check latest prices here
Visit the Vivaldi ski resort Korea Official Website.

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2. Chuncheon Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Elysian Ski Resort is a deluxe ski park, located only one hour from Seoul, accessible via Seoul’s excellent subway system! With its 10 slopes and 6 lifts this is a great resort for first time ski and snowboarders, looking to have a memorable skiing in Korea experience.

Elysium Ski Slope south korea skiing

Opening Times: 9.00 – 17.30 and 19.00 – 03.00
Accommodation: Elysian Gangchon
Book: one day skiing in Korea package
Visit the Elysian Official Website

3. Star Hill Resort

Star Hill Resort, located only 32km outside Seoul is located in the mysterious Cheonmasan Mountains. The picturesque and easily accessible resort is the best ski resort in Korea for beginners.

Opening Times: 08: 00 – 17: 00 and 18: 30 – 24: 00
Visit the Star Hill Official Website

4. Bear Town Ski Resort

This large resort just lies in the outskirts of Seoul has no less than 11 slopes all approved by the International Ski Federation; which makes this the biggest ski resort in the Seoul area. The perfect place to have your first experience on the slopes.

Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00 and 18:30 – 04:00
Book: check prices and info here
Visit the Bear Town ski resort Korea Official Website

Gangwon-do Ski Resorts

Gangwon-do, the north east province of Korea, with at least 50% of Korea’s ski slopes, receives the most annual snowfall in Korea, perfect for a quick ski getaway. The ski season starts around mid-November and finishes at the end of February. In this province you can enjoy 128 kilometers of slopes, and a total of 82 ski lifts.

1. Bokwang Phoenix Ski Resort Korea

Phoenix Park, located in Taegisan Mountain, is popular because of its high-quality snow, valley-style slopes and extreme snowboarding park; which will also be the location of the free style ski and snowboarding competition in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics!

phoenix park ski resort korea

Opening Times: 8.30 – 16.30 and 18.30 – 04.00
Accommodation: Phoenix Park Hotel & Condo
Visit the Phoenix snow park Korea Official Website

2. Pyeongchang Yongpyong Ski Resort Korea

Yongpyong, the Alps of Korea, is Korea’s biggest ski resort with the highest amount of snowfall. With the accommodations right next to the ski slopes, this is the most popular ski destination among Koreans. You will also be able to find a lot entertainment options like screen golf, karaoke, sauna, bowling, shopping, arcade and shopping facilities. Personally I really enjoy going to this ski resort; as you can take the gondola all the way to the top and enjoy one of the longest slopes in Korea.

yongpyong resort dragon valley hotel

Opening Times: 8.30 – 16.30 and 18.30 – 24.30
Accommodation: Yongpyong Greenpia Condo
Book: Yongpyong ski resort package

3. Jeongseon High 1 Ski Resort

High One Ski resort located on three mountain peaks, offers 18 superb slopes. With a 4.2 kilometer long beginner slope, starting at one of the peaks. This family friendly resort has Korea’s first ski school for disabled or special needs people who want to enjoy skiing in South Korea.

High 1 is considered to be the best ski resort in Korea; but due to it’s location not easily accessible. Therefor it’s advised to spend the night at the resort, which will make your trip a bit more pricey.

high 1 resort korea

Opening Times: 8.30 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22.00
Accommodation: High 1 Convention Hotel
Book: High One ski resort package
Visit the High 1 Korea Official Website

4. Alpensia Ski Resort

Alpensia Ski Resort, located just around the corner from Yongpyong ski resort has six slopes to enjoy for both beginner and advanced skiers. The resort is not just for winter; during summer the resort is popular because of it’s Alpensia Ocean 700 water park and wild flower gardens.

Opening Times: 08:30 – 12:30; 12:30 – 16:30 and 18:30 – 22:30
Accommodation: Holiday Inn & Suites Alpensia
Book: Alpensia one day package
Visit the Alpensia resort Korea Official Website 

5. Oak Valley Ski Resort

Oak Valley, consisting of a total of 9 slopes suitable for beginners and advanced ski and snowboarders. This luxury first class resort is the perfect place to go skiing in Korea and for a wide range of other activities.

Opening Times: 08:30 – 13:00; 12:30 – 17:00 and 18:30 – 02:00
Accommodation: Hansol Oak Valley Resort Golf & Ski
Visit the Oak Valley ski resort Korea Official Website

6. Welli Hilli Ski Resort

Welli Hilli or also known as Hyundai Sungwoo Ski Resort is located about 1h30 away from Seoul in an area that experiences heavy snow all through winter, making it a great ski destination. The resort also has some advanced facilities like mogul course, half-pipe and fun park for snowboarders. Are you an advanced level skier or boarder, looking to take it to the next lever? Then this is the place to be.

Opening Times: 08:30 – 16:30 and 18:30 – 24:00
Accommodation: Welli Hilli Park Resort
Visit the Welli Hilli Official Website

Tip! Most ski resort will have foreigner package deals which can be purchased in advance online or on site. If you buy it on site make sure to show your passport to get a discount.

Tip! Package deals will not include rental gloves or hats, so make sure to bring waterproof ski gloves!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best ski resort in Korea?

The biggest resort of Korea is High One ski resort. It lies just under 3 hours away from Seoul and has slopes suitable for all levels. Yongpyong Ski Resort is also considered as being one of the best of Korea.

Can you ski in Korea?

Yes! Korea has around 20 different ski resorts. Some of them are just 1 hour away from Seoul and others are deep into the mountains.

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