Yongpyong Ski Resort | 용평리조트
Yongpyong Ski Resort is Korea’s premier ski destination. Located high in the dramatic mountains of central Korea, the resort combines fantastic scenery, first-class facilities, and a whole lot of fun. One of the principle venues of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, it draws visitors from all over Korea, Asia, and the rest of the world.
The resort has got 28 ski slopes in all, graded beginner to expert; the pros will want to make for the Rainbow Slopes. The resort’s 15 lifts will get you to where you want to go, and even non-skiers will want to take the 3.7km cable car to the top of Mt.Balwangsan (1,458m), where you’ll find the iconic Swiss chalet-style restaurant/coffee shop called Dragon Peak. Snowboarders will find much to like, too. At the bottom of the slopes is Dragon Plaza, the largest ski house in Asia.
Compared to some of the world’s better known ski resorts, the apres-ski scene is still a work in progress, but there are still plenty of entertainment options available for after you’re done with your runs.
There are Korean and Western restaurants at Dragon Peak, the chalet-like building at the top of Mt.Balwangsan. The spaghetti is quite good, and the views are even better.
The sunrise from the peak of Mt.Balwangsan.
Future Olympians should test themselves on Rainbow I (1,630m), Yongpyong’s longest slope.
Yongpyong Resort offers a range of accommodations options. Those on a budget will want to use the Yongpyong Hostel. Be sure to make reservations early, though (T. 02-3270-1231)!
Lift passes are 36,000–89,000 won.
Rental equipment available.
T. 02-3270-1231, www.yongpyong.co.kr.
(130 Yongsan-ri, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-don | 강원도 평창군 대관령면 용산리 130)
Shuttle bus service available from Seoul’s Lotte World. See website for details.