Alpensia Ski Resort 알펜시아리조트 스키장
- Kyle Hughes
- 08 October 2014
Alpensia Ski Resort is a great little resort known for excellent snow quality and fantastic facilities. Tucked away in the valley behind Yongpyong Ski Resort Alpensia will also play host to a number of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic events, with high-tech infrastructure being a feature of this resort. Accommodation is situated around the ski house at the bottom of the mountain, making this is an ideal destination for families looking for a convenient ski-in, ski-out snow holiday experience and is an easy 2 – 3 hours from Seoul.
There are 3 high-speed lifts servicing 6 slopes for skiers and boarders to enjoy. Ranging from 400m to 1.4km in length, there are runs for all levels of enthusiasts, although this resort is especially suited to those of beginner to intermediate ability. The dedicated beginners' slope is a great place to take those first steps and if you just want to have some fun, the sledding slope complete with magic carpet is the place to go. A lovely café at the peak provides sweeping views of the Daegwallyeong Mountain Range and is a great place to take a break. Down the mountain, the ski house has a variety of shops and eateries, providing Western and traditional Korean meals. Lotte Burger and Angels-in-Us are located in the village complete the experience. The ski house is also the location of the ticket office, day lockers and ski school, which offers individual and or group lessons in a number of languages. There is also a Kids Ski School program.
The resort offers self-contained and hotel style accommodation run by well-established international chains. There is also a luxury hotel just over the road from the main resort area complete with a glorious spa and treatment facility. At night the small resort village comes alive with visitors and guests enjoying the various restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. If your preference is to dine in, there is a convenience store located in the village, otherwise larger supermarkets can be found in the village of Hoenggye, about 7 minutes by car and approximately a KRW 10,000 taxi fare.
For some time out of the mountain, the resort also has a number of other facilities including Ocean700, an indoor watermark complete with a traditional Korean bathhouse on the top floor, an amusement arcade and an eco-learning centre. Walk down and take a tour of the ski jump where the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic events will be held, and have afternoon tea in the tower café overlooking the mountains. Keep an eye out for events at the Alpensia Concert Hall as well.
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 (Gangbyeong Station Line 2). Catch the Express Bus to Hoenggye Bus Terminal.
From Seoul, catch a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Hoenggye Bus Terminal.
Shuttle bus service from Hoenggye Bus Terminal to the resort.
During winter a general shuttle bus service departs daily from Jamsil (Line 2 Exit 4 at Lotte Mart).
A new KTX, high speed rail service, from Wonju to Gangneung is under construction to service the area in time for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
From Incheon International Airport, follow the signs to the Yeongdong Expressway (Route 50). Head north to Pyeongchang and take the Daegwalnyeong-myeon interchange to the town of Hoenggye. From Hoenggye, follow the signs to Aplensia Ski Resort.
From Seoul, take the Gyeongbu Expressway (Route 1) out of town. About 16km along, take Route 50 to Pyeongchang. Take the Daegwalnyeong-myeon interchange to the town of Hoenggye. From Hoenggye, follow the signs to Alpensia Ski Resort.