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It's the first day of winter in Korea and snow is falling across the country! What a way to start the season. Today we also officially launch of our new look and expanded website. To celebrate, we are giving away Korea Snow merchandise! 

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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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It gets hot in Korea during the summer. Really hot. I sat sweating under the air conditioner in the July heat watching video after video of last winter’s sessions around the world and falling further and further into summer depression.

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Now here's a bit of food for thought? Ever wanted to escape that long cold winter, or that long hot summer (like the northern winter and southern summers just gone) and all you have to think about is jumping on a plane?

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Well, the last snows have finally melted, the golf courses are green and neatly mowed and the flowers are in bloom, all in time for everyone to enjoy the Korean summer and sunshine after a long snowy winter. Some of us could happily snowboard and ski all year round, but as Mother Earth's cycle spins we have taken the time to map out some alternative entertainment to pass the time...

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They say a picture paints a thousand words. What more is there to say about our recent visit to the beautiful city of Seoul...

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Where did it all begin? I often ask myself that question. If I really think about it, it probably began as a young boy, riding my first surfboard. My mates might think the recently acquired snowboard akin to another 40-something-year-old's red sports car. It’s not that. I am saving something spectacular for that mid-life crisis. It’s just that I’ve always been a board man, hooked on the sensation, gliding at speed at the mercy of nature. And now I find myself in front of my computer, writing about a mad snowboarding trip through South Korea. If you had tried to tell the young surfer me I'd be doing this 30 years later I think he would have thought you were weird.

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Who ever said 13 is an unlucky number? Day 13 was, without a doubt, one of the best on this trip. After a day of uninterrupted wicked fun I was fortunate enough to spend part of my last night in the Korean alps and at Yongpyong with Mr Park, the resort's GM. He assured me in no uncertain terms that some very cold temperatures were due in overnight and that the groomers would work their magic for peak snow conditions the following day. Sleep came easy and I dreamt it would be so.

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Day 13 and you might be wondering, where did that Krazy guy end up? Well, the afternoon of Day 12 saw me make a mad dash across the Korean peninsular with the freeways chock-a-block full of holidaymakers weaving their way back home. I set the GPS to alternate routes, slotted into the Jeep Cherokee and drove back north to my sentimental favourite, Yongpyong Resort, Gangwon-do.

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You'd think driving all over Korea to ride 14 ski resorts in 14 days would be a crazy enough thing to do. But hopping back into my trusty Jeep Cherokee and into the holiday freeway madness must be truly insane! That's exactly what we did, onward to the southern Korean alps and the ski resort of Muju Deogyusan, nestled in the alpine national park. About a 3 hour drive later saw me pull into the resort area and the usual mass of rental shops, Korean BBQ restaurants and holiday-makers.

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I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I pulled into the little town of Suanbo in the Korea countryside on the eve of a special celebration like Seollal. So I was pleasantly surprised to find Suanbo busy and a hive of activity. The main drag was illuminated with coloured lights arranged in fabulous displays, food stalls were selling Korean hotdogs and roasted chestnuts and people where everywhere! What a buzz!

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Happy Seollal, Korean Lunar New Year, on Day 10 of our Krazy Korean Adventure. As in other Asian countries, Korean Lunar New year is as important as Christmas in western countries. It's also a long weekend, allowing people to travel to their towns of origin to celebrate and feast with family. That means a couple things, including that the majority of shops are closed for the holiday (no coffee this morning) and it is the busiest day on the roads in Korea.

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