High 1 Ski Resort 하이원스키장
- Kyle Hughes
- 18 October 2014
Situated up into the pristine Korean Alps a comfortable 3 hour drive from Seoul, High 1 Resort is named for its location as it is the highest ski resort in Korea and also one of the largest. An all season resort, High 1 offers great facilities for all experience levels and a large mountain to enjoy. Some of the highlights include a revolving restaurant at the top peak to take in the panoramic resort and mountain views, and an outdoor rock-climbing centre at the base of the mountain.
High1 has three peaks, each of which is the start of one of the 18 runs down Baekwoon Mountain. In total there are 21km of slopes, including 2 courses that have been approved by the FIS for World Cup Ski championships. The resort also prides itself for its disabled and special needs ski facilities. There are a total of 10 lifts, 2 of which are 8 person gondolas to take visitors up the mountain peaks. The third gondola conveniently transports visitors between ski houses. There are also extensive hiking trails along the side and to the peak of the resort.
There are 2 ski houses servicing separate condominium facilities on different areas of the mountain, one at a higher elevation. Both the Mountain Ski House (upper) and the Valley Ski House (lower) offer the resort's amenities including ticket sales, equipment rental, ski school, lockers and cafeteria. Typical of a Korean all season, multi-attraction resort, High 1 comes complete with a retail shops, a cinema, hot bath houses, cafes and an assortment of eateries. Be sure to visit Unamjeong, a traditional Korea restaurant and teahouse located around Lake Park. There is also a sledding slope for kids and a casino for adults, which has a fantastic light display each evening around sunset. This is truly a resort for everyone
Accommodation can be found around the base of the slopes, including 3 condominiums and 3 hotels, Kangwonland Hotel, High 1 Hotel and Convention Hotel. Each of the hotels offers different styles of accommodation at varying price points, from luxury to more standard rooms. Off resort the charming village across the road, Sabuk, also has many accommodation options from pensions, hotels and apartments. The narrow lane ways through the village are filled with cafés, bars, Korean BBQ restaurants and ski shops. If you can't find enough to do in the resort and surrounds, drive out to Taebaek Highland Cabbage Field for a view of the wind turbine farm and surrounds.
how to get there
From Incheon International Airport, take the intercity bus to Taebaek. Get off at Gohan / Sabuk Bus Terminal and catch a taxi or shuttle bus to the resort.
From Seoul, catch an intercity bus to Taebaek from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. Get off at Gohan / Sabuk Bus Terminal and catch a taxi or shuttle bus to the resort.
From Incheon International Airport, follow the signs and drive onto the Yeongdong Expressway (Route 50) to Wonju. Head south on Jungang Expressway (Route 55) to Jecheon. At Jecheon take Route 38 to Sabuk. Follow the signs to the resort.