- 28 May 2014
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...
Jump on a plane and chase the snow south to Australia, New Zealand, Chile or South Africa (believe it or not!). If you are as snow crazy as we are, you will go to any length to get that mid-year powder fix. And for some Koreans it’s destination Queenstown, New Zealand. There is a small contingent of Korean snowboarders that are known to head down to Aotearoa (‘the land of the long white cloud’) to train, compete and work as lift attendants. And for that sudden bout of homesickness, the Korean supermarket in the main street of Queenstown is well stocked with Kim Chee and Mandu dumplings for that little taste of home. North, south, east, west, the world is waiting for you!
Off-season a lot of snowboarders like to keep fit by hitting the road on a skateboard, be it short board, long board, down hill racer or a cute penny. If you need your board fix, hop on your 4 wheels and hit the street. But don’t forget to armour up with pads and helmets as bitumen bites and isn’t known for soft landings. We are seeing some great pics and videos coming from Korea Snow fans so keep them coming!
Wakeboarding and Water Skiing
I must confess, I grew up water skiing and have also had a run at wakeboarding, but it was always dependent upon the generosity of someone with a big-arse boat. Therein lies the problem as I long ago ran out of special friends with a killer boat. There are several schools around Korea that offer wakeboarding and water skiing, complete with boat, driver and equipment. Some facilities even offer cable systems that will take you around in circles to your hearts content. Watch this space for more news and information on the Korean wakeboarding scene.
Hit the waves
Surfing is something that hasn’t really taken off in Korea. Until now, that is. Things are changing on the peninsular and it looks like this summer could be the biggest season of surfing Korea has ever seen. The south coast region around Busan gets a good hit of summer swells from the Pacific Ocean. The coastline of headlands and reefs remains relatively unchartered, perfect for a rocking roadtrip. Good waves and no crowds, a surfer’s heaven. But you better get in quick before the secret gets out!
With so much to do and see, what are you waiting for? And what about us? Well, we already have a full workload getting ready for the 2014/15 Korean snow season. We are busy finding and reviewing accommodation places, restaurants, transport options, equipment stores and finding out even more information to help you plan, book and have a great Korean snow holiday. This season we plan to roll out a new improved site featuring daily resort weather reporting with live feeds courtesy of our local partners, Snowple. We’re also out and about visiting local snow shows to check out the latest equipment and forming relationships to promote Korea as a world class ski destination. No rest for the wicked! Remember if you have a snow experience story, insane videos of your brother skating along the Han River or even just pics of you and your friends hanging out enjoying life, send them through and we’ll put them up.