Phoenix Park Ski Resort 휘닉스파크 스키장
- Kyle Hughes
- 08 October 2014
Phoenix Park Ski Resort is located about two hours from Seoul, perched up on Taegisan Mountain. Renowned for the beautiful natural scenery surrounding the resort, Phoenix Park’s elevation, aspect and powdery snow cover gives visitors the opportunity to experience a great snow holiday.
The resort comprises 22 ski slopes, 12 of which are accredited for international competition and will be used for the freestyle ski and snowboarding competition during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The mountain also includes Extreme Park, a snow park complete with a half-pipe, tabletop, round quarter, and rails and the 2.2km Panorama Slope. An 8-person gondola and a system of eight lifts that are differentiated by slope difficulty cater for skiers of all experience levels to access the slopes. For those just beginning or looking to improve their skills, there is a ski school and kids ski school on offer as well.
The facilities at Phoenix Park are exceptional, including Mount Blanc restaurant at the top of the peak where you can dine and enjoy the surrounds. At the main complex at the bottom of the mountain you will find a combination of local, Asian and Western food outlets, including Starbucks Coffee and Dominos Pizza. Other entertainment on site includes a bowling alley, karaoke, a billiards room, a game centre and the huge indoor / outdoor water park, Phoenix Park Blue Canyon which comes complete with spa facilities. Retail shops and a grocery store add to the convenience of the resort.
Phoenix Park Condominium, the accommodation complex, consists of a 5-star hotel, three condominium buildings, 4 villas and a youth hostel. All the buildings are connected by an underground passage so that guests can move around between facilities and the slope area regardless of weather conditions.
Other local attractions include the Pyeongchang Mooee Arts Centre, Herbnara Farm and the Heungjeong Valley, the location of waterfalls and natural mineral springs. And watch out for the film crews as Phoenix Park is also a location for one of Korea's most popular TV dramas, Winter Sonata.
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 intercity bus to Jangpyeong Bus Terminal.
From Seoul, catch an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jangpyeong Bus Terminal.
A shuttle bus service from Jangpyeong Bus Terminal is available to the resort throughout the season.
During winter a general shuttle bus service departs daily from Seoul at Samseong Station (Exit 4 behind the Glass Tower) and Sports Complex Station (Exit 1).
From Incheon International Airport, follow the signs and drive onto the Yeongdong Expressway (Route 50). Head north to Pyeongchang and exit at Route 408. Follow the signs to the resort.
From Seoul, take the Gyeongbu Expressway (Route 1) out of town. About 16km along, take Route 50 and head north to Pyeongchang. Exit at Route 408 and follow the signs to the resort.