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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!

My early morning started with a few limbering yoga stretches, unwinding the punishing schedule of the last few days. Heading out from my digs, the first thing I noticed was the light rain descending the heavens. I prayed that that mother nature was not going to 'rain on my parade' (excuse the punchline!). So I pushed on to YongPyong, resort No.6 on my hit list and the venue for many events for the 2018 Winter Olympics. By way of background, YongPyong is the oldest commercial ski resort in Korea, having opened in the early seventies, and is one of the biggest in the country. There is a lot of mountain to enjoy, with loads of back slope areas away from the sometimes intimidating and maddening crowds, video screens, KPop and fluoro fashions of the lower slopes.

We jumped the gondola at Dragon's Plaza and headed up to Dragon's Peak, the summit and highest point of the resort, through cloud and a light drizzle. My host was keen to hit his favourite black diamond run, the downhill course for the 2018 Olympics, but with less than ideal conditions we opted for the long and winding 6km trail run back down the mountain. One of the most picturesque I've ridden, the run winds down and around the mountain through tall pine forests and gullies. Next was my favourite section of the mountain, the 'Gold' valley. With sparse crowds and good conditions, we made most of the morning and took in run after run, eventually needing to stop for some food to recharge the batteries for the afternoon session. As I have quickly learnt, Koreans love to entertain and this was no exception. I was whisked away to a Korean/Chinese restaurant inside the Dragon Plaza ski house, eating uniquely Korean-style Chinese food and sipping some local award-winning blackberry wine. 

Fuelled up and ready to go, we once again jumped the gondola to take care of unfinished business: Injun's Rainbow slope. The heavy rain on the lower slopes turned into snow half-way up the mountain. Up top, it was a white out. We soldiered on and I made sure to follow my host's direction to keep to the left-hand side and follow the bright orange crash barrier fence. Easier said than done and half way down I thought that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew but there was only one way, and it was down!

With conditions deteriorating I called it a day next run down the mountain. It had been a good one and everything I had been waiting for. Many thanks to Mr Injun Park and the staff at YongPyong for looking after me. As Arnie would say, I'll be back!

Back on the road tomorrow and heading around the corner to Alpensia Ski Resort in the morning and Oak Valley Snow Park in the afternoon for Day 5 on Korea-snow.com's Krazy Korean Adventure. Let's hope the weather holds out. See you there!

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