Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World 대명 비발디 파크 스키월드
- Kyle Hughes
- 08 October 2014
Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World is the ultimate master planned year round resort and offers lots of entertainment for all the family, as well as great slopes to enjoy. The first resort in Korea to offer night skiing, this place is popular with a younger crowd and those who just can’t get enough, with lifts and runs open 24 hours for the season. Situated an hour east of the capital, the Daemyung Vivaldi Park is easily accessible from Seoul, with a regular shuttle bus running during the winter months.
The resort has great infrastructure and facilities on and off the mountain. There are 13 runs of varied lengths and ability level, with a bunny slope for beginners. The 10 lifts servicing the mountain include Asia’s first 8-seater express chairlift and 8-seater gondola. The runs are fun and the snow quality is good, so the resort can get a little busy in the peak season months.
The ski house at the bottom of the mountain offers an array of eateries, including Western fast food outlets, a more traditional Korean cafeteria, cafes and convenience stores. More like a shopping mall in the snow, there are also retail outlets, beauty and massage salons, a 3D cinema and karaoke, as well as equipment rental and the ski school. Last time we visited Vivaldi, guests were enjoying a KPop idol contest being held on an on-snow stage.
Accommodation is located over the road from the ski house, but conveniently connected to the slopes by a walkway. The condominium style accommodation complexes have Korean ‘ondol’ rooms as well as double and twin Western bedding. Other accommodation is available away from the resort in neighbouring towns.
The Taebaek Mountain range and its offshoots provides some spectacular scenery and places to visit, including many mountain tops, waterfalls at Miyak-gol and Garyeong and the Suta-sa Temple at Gongjak-san Mountain.
how to get there
From Incheon International Airport, take the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) to Seoul Station. Transfer here for local lines and go any of the locations listed below.
From Seoul, a free shuttle bus service runs daily from Sinchon (in front of Ujeong Optima Pharmacy), Gwawnghwamun (in front of Korea Trade Insurance Corporation), Dongdaemun (in front of Intersports), Kondae (in front of Lotte Department Store) and from Sports Complex Station (Exit 6).
Shuttle buses also run from Chuncheon and Wonju.
From Incheon International Airport and Seoul, take Olympic Drive (Route 60) out of town. After about 15km, take the Route 6 turnoff at Deokso-ri. Head east for approximately 70km. At the town of Danwol-myeon take Route 70 and travel for about 12kms then follow the signs to the resort.