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After our late arrival yesterday to an icy and windblown mountain at High1 Resort, no. 12 on the list, we'd hoped to be met by more favourable conditions in the morning. Off the paddock we came and down to the little village of Sabuk at the base of the resort. And what a charming little place this is. Just off the highway, it's narrow lane ways filled with cafes, bars, ski shops and Korean BBQ joints (of course) are picture postcard worthy and probably the closest thing to a European ski town you will find in this part of the world.

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Up with the sparrows on this lovely sunny Day 8, I was determined to try and beat the early morning rush hour in downtown Seoul. You know what they say, once bitten and all that. Didn't quite manage it. As I live in a city of barely 2.3 million people, driving around in a city of 20 million plus is something else! But I made it to my next stop, the now infamous Gangnam to meet with the lovely Irene Lee from JEEP Korea.

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Day 7 of our Krazy Korean Adventure of 2014 and I woke to warmer weather and some early morning drizzle. On the itinerary were Jisan Forest Ski Resort, no. 10 and Yangji Pine Resort, no. 11 on the list of 14 ski resorts in 14 days. I stayed in a quirky little hotel in the small city of Yongan-Si, which is considered part of the greater metro area of Seoul. A mere 15 minutes in easy traffic to Jisan Forest, the location is also an easy distance from downtown Seoul.

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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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Overnight snow falls framed a picturesque scene of Hoenggye as I headed up the road to Alpensia Resort, no. 7 of 141414. Half-way already! This is the first resort I visited and my return brought a big smile to my face. Alpensia is just perfect for the young family, first-timers and couples, and caters well for both locals and westerners. Plenty of on snow accommodation sits at the base of the mountain, which makes access to the three chairlifts a short walk away. Whether it's hotel-style, self-contained or luxury accommodation, Alpensia has something for all budgets and needs. We've stayed here twice for the comfort and convenience, as well as the restaurants, cafes and village feel.

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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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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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Day 2 of 141414 and another superb bluebird day in the Korean Alps. Kicked off at Daemyung Vivaldi Park, a huge master planned resort complex complete with an equestrian centre and huge water park, the size of 14 football fields. The air was filled with the sounds of KPop, blaring from the KPop stage where a KPop idol contest was being held. This was matched only by the neon brightness of the snow apparel on show all over the hill.

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Well we are off and running! After a bit of a late start I left Seoul and headed up into the mountains. First stop, Bearstown Ski Resort. What a pleasant surprise! A bigger resort than expected, Bearstown greeted us with great snow and friendly, colourfully clad people - everything that we love about snowboarding in Korea! Got my ticket, quickly strapped in and smashed a couple of great runs. Next stop, Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort.

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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.

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Well what do you pack to document your ambitious adventure of 14 Ski Resorts in 14 days in 2014? The answer, lots and lots.

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