Sajo Ski Resort 사조리조트 스키장
- Kyle Hughes
- 07 October 2014
At the top of the Hwangsan Valley and situated in a beautiful lake district is Sajo Village Ski Resort. Although smaller than most, what sets this ski resort apart is its location to the famous hot spring town of Suanbo, making it the only hot spring ski resort in Korea. So if you like a soak after a day on the mountain, then this is the place for you. An easy 2.5 hours drive from Seoul and accessible by bus and train, Sajo Village Ski Resort is a unique winter escape for snow destination travellers.
The resort offers 7 slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, which are serviced by 4 lifts. The elevation and aspect can affect snow quality, but with good cover on the mountain the runs are great fun. There is a sledding slope for children, although it's best an adult hops on as well as the slope tends to speed up half way down. Neon orange palm trees grace the entrance to the ski house at the base of the runs, a sight that remains burned into our memory. Inside you will find Western and Korean eateries, an espresso café, equipment rental, retail shops and a convenience store. Other facilities include kiosks near the slopes, a rock café and amusement room.
A small condominium accommodation facility is located adjacent to the ski house as well as a youth hostel, making this a convenient ski in / ski out resort. What about that all important hot spring soak? Well, the town of Suanbo is about 2km from the resort and the location of the Suanbo Hot Spring Complex. There are plenty of accommodation options in the town of Suanbo itself so if you are looking for more soaking than skiing, this might be a good place to stay. While in Suanbo try one of the local restaurants dishing up the regional speciality, pheasant. The surrounding area is particularly known for scenic beauty and local attractions include the Eight Scenic Views of Danyang, Mt Wolaksan National Park and Mireuksa Temple Site.
how to get there
From Incheon International Airport, take the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) to Seoul Station. Transfer here for local line and go to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Line 2). From here take an intercity bus to Suanbo Bus Terminal. Then take a shuttle bus to Sajo Ski Resort.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal ake an intercity bus to Suanbo Bus Terminal. Then take a shuttle bus to Sajo Ski Resort.
From Chungju Bus Terminal take an intercity bus bound for Suanbo. Then take a shuttle bus to the resort.
From Seoul Station, take a train to Chungju. From Chungju Bus Terminal take a bus to Suanbo Bus Terminal, then a shuttle bus to the resort.
From Incheon International Airport, follow the signs to the Yeongdong Expressway (Route 50). Head north to Bondu-ri. At Bondu-ri, turn onto the Jungbunaeryuk Expressway (Route 45) and head south to Chungju. At Chungju, get off at the interchange at Route 3 and travel south approximately 30km to Suanbo. Once at Suanbo follow the signs to the resort.
From Seoul, take the Gyeongbu Expressway (Route 1) out of town. About 16km along, take the Yeongdong Expressway (Route 50) to Bondu-ri. At Bondu-ri, turn onto the Jungbunaeryuk Expressway (Route 45) and head south to Chungju. At Chungju, get off at the interchange at Route 3 and travel south approximately 30km to Suanbo. Once at Suanbo follow the signs to the resort.