- 03 February 2014
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.
Most of my Korean mates have been confounded at the kilometres I have put on the speedo and just don't get doing 5 hours one haul. As I keep explaining, long distance drives are par for the course in a country as big as Australian. Besides, the thought of a few more lines in great snow was all the incentive I needed. So I cranked up the stereo with some wicked tunes, bought a block of sugar-fixing NZ Whittakers chocolate (one of my faves) that I'd picked up at a truck stop and motored on.
On arrival it seemed that Yongpyong had also suffered at the hands of warmer temperatures, although forecasts were for a cold snap overnight. I hoped that was enough to repair whatever damage had been done to the mountain in time for a great ride the following day. I decided to stay in the resort this time and picked up a room at the Dragon Valley Hotel, which sits at the base of gondola.
With a good night's sleep under my belt, I woke to sunshine and a clear view across the valley and to Dragon Peak. Perfect! Up the mountain I went and wound down the beautiful 5km trail run around Mt Balwang. The end to Solleal holidays meant the resort was crowd free and I pretty much had the run all to myself. A few runs later I dropped into the snow park to get some pics of some local boys having a Monday morning expression session. These guys were killing it! Flying and twisting into some great jumps, it was just so fun to watch. Feeling the need for a little self-expression, I ducked over to my most favourite part of the mountain, Gold Valley and just boarded and boarded and boarded.
With no particular place to go or be, today I just relaxed and had a fantastic time.
Really, snow peeps, does it get any better than this? Can the snow gods bless you any more than with a beautiful day, a stunning view in every direction and great snow? Pinch me, I am in heaven on earth! Every extra minute on the road yesterday was worth every bit of snow and mountain I charged today. This is the stuff we dream of from season to season; this is the reason I work my butt off to get away northern and southern hemisphere winters; this is sheer joy, beauty and magic all wrapped into one.
And where will tomorrow take me, who knows? The only thing I do know is that tomorrow I part with the trusty Jeep Cherokee and will set the GPS one last time towards destination Gangnam. On the way? Well, there's Welli Hill and Phoenix Park. Anything could happen...