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Ondol. On what?

So, "What is an ondol room?" you ask. This is a question often posed by our Korea Snow guests when bedding (hint hint) down their accommodation bookings. Still not sure? See hint. Yes, Ondol is the national way sleeping in Korea!

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So I arrived at Phonenix Park on the eve of Day 2, a little weary from the activity of the day and was pretty much settling in for quiet night. I had previously arranged to catch up with our mate, JK from Korea Snowple, thinking we might grab a quick bite to eat, down a few cold Cass beers and hit the sack. After all, I had been on the road for 2 days and had already put something like 500km on the clock across the Korean peninsular. I really wanted to rest up before hitting Phoenix Park's legendary slopes, host to the 2018 Winter Olympics snowboarding events. Boy, was I wrong!

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As they say, time flies when you are having fun! Day 4 already and time to hit YongPyong All Seasons Resort with my guide Mr Injun Park, who I had the fortune to meet recently in Kazakhstan at an international ski resort conference (yes, really!). But first, a small confession. I have ridden at YongPyong on several occasions and have enjoyed many runs with my family over the last couple of seasons. The opportunity to ride my sentimental favourite resort with the man that manages the place was one I was not going to miss!

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Who said they don't like Mondays? I love Mondays! And today was no exception, bringing with it a cruisey change of pace for Day 6 of Korea-snow.com's Krazy Korean Adventure and Konjiam Resort with JK and the Snowple Crew. What a great place! Situated within the southern suburbs of Seoul and a mere 45 minutes from the downtown metropolis, Konjiam Resort is the newest on the Korean resort block.

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Elysian Gangchon resort is located in a beautiful valley, an easy 1 hour’s drive from Seoul and 10 minutes from the town of Gapyeong. Offering glorious mountain views from all slopes, Elysian has a wide variety of runs and is a perfect destination for ski and snowboard enthusiasts of all levels. 

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Jisan Forest Ski Resort is a small ski field perfectly suited to families, learners and snowboarders wanting a day out on the mountain. Last time we visited, we stayed in the small city of Yongan-Si, which is considered to be part of the great Seoul metropolitan area and only a mere 15 minute drive from the resort. Generally, it takes about 40 minutes from Gangnum, south of Seoul.

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Konjiam Resort is the newest and biggest resort in the Seoul metro region, situated only a 40 minute drive from Gangnam in the town of Gwangju. Opened in 2008, Konjiam Resort offers an upmarket mountain experience, from premium accommodation to introducing Korea’s first maximum skier / snowboarder number policy. Open nearly 24 hours during the snow season, this resort is another great convenient and flexible day / night out or luxury weekend getaway.

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This year the 2nd Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference is being held in the Republic of Korea. Following on from the success of the inaugural event in Kazakhstan in 2013, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Ulsan Metropolitain City, with support of the Government of the Republic of Korea are hosting the conference in Ulsan from 14 - 16 October 2015.

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It’s that time of year and the Korean Ski resorts are starting to put out their season pass specials for the 2014/15 snow season. And we know you’re all getting amped, dreaming of the winter ahead and trying to find the deal of the century to keep you in skiing/boarding heaven all season long.  Far be it from us to dampen your spirits but getting a season pass can be a little bit of a messy process. And that’s where we here Korea Snow can help you to see the ski slopes through the trees so you can busting rooster tails when the white stuff starts falling.

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Escape with four friends to Yongpyong for a mid week getaway with on snow accommodation from only $319.00 USD per person.

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Muju Deogyusan Resort is the largest of the resorts in the central region of Korea. Situated inside the beautiful Deogyusan National Park, the winding road through the mountains to the village of Manseon-ro enjoys some spectacular scenery. The resort has been built in a tyrolean style, adding to the alpine character and atmosphere of this popular snow destination.

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O2 Ski Resort is situated near the small city of Taebaek, approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Seoul, where locals say the first snow falls and the last snow melts. Nestled high into the Taebaek Mountain Range, the resort provides a beautiful winter backdrop of postcard pictures. With state of the art infrastructure and on-resort facilities, this is a great family resort.

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Information about accommodation, recommendations, links and guides to help you plan your next skiing or snowboarding experience in the uniquely beautiful Korea. 

A PLACE FULL OF ADVENTURE

Tired of following the crowd? How about trying something new for your next ski holiday. Most people are surprised to learn that Korea is a fabulous snow holiday destination, but it won’t stay that way for long. With some of the best snow in Asia and world-class resorts and facilities, the white wonderland that is the Korean ski fields has to be on your list of places to go. 

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Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, Phoenix Park Hotel & Condo is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Pyeongchang-gun. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

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Phoenix Park Ski Resort is located about two hours from Seoul, perched up on Taegisan Mountain. Renowned for the beautiful natural scenery surrounding the resort, Phoenix Park’s elevation, aspect and powdery snow cover gives visitors the opportunity to experience a great snow holiday.

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So the wind is up and you have just reached the top of the mountain on the gondola and you are keen to charge the mountain.

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At the top of the Hwangsan Valley and situated in a beautiful lake district is Sajo Village Ski Resort. Although smaller than most, what sets this ski resort apart is its location to the famous hot spring town of Suanbo, making it the only hot spring ski resort in Korea. So if you like a soak after a day on the mountain, then this is the place for you. An easy 2.5 hours drive from Seoul and accessible by bus and train, Sajo Village Ski Resort is a unique winter escape for snow destination travellers.

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So, you've decided to head to the Korean snowfields for your Northern Hemisphere snow holiday and the next thing on your 'To Do List' is to sort out snow wear and equipment.

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No need to feel guilty when booking that snow holiday with family and friends, because a new study has found that even one day of skiing is great for health and wellbeing.

Korean researchers claim the big smile you can't wipe off your face after charging all those big powdery runs is enough to send your happiness and wellbeing index in a positive direction, even if you only get to the slopes a few times a year.

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A recent article from the Boston Globe reported that, after so many years of growth, snowboarding is on the decline.