Oak Valley Snow Park 오크밸리 스키장
- 18 October 2014
This pretty little resort is a popular weekend destination for locals during the winter months. Oak Valley Snow Park is named for the beautiful oak tree forest to one side and is another master planned golf and ski resort. The mountain is split in to, with the golf resort sitting on one side and the ski resort sitting on the other. The closest of all the Gangwon-do resorts to Seoul, Oak Valley is a treat and not to be missed.
Oak Valley has 9 slopes and operates 3 high-speed lifts up the mountain. The runs were particularly fun for snowboarders and there are themed slopes for different skiing and riding ability, the longest of which is about 1,600m from top to bottom. The last time we visited the lift lines were a little long with weekend snow enthusiasts so this resort might be a good one for a midweek visit. Facilities include a ski house at the bottom of the mountain and a couple of rest houses halfway up and on the peak, where you will find food, amenities and ski patrol stations.
The on resort condominium-style accommodation sits conveniently at the base of the mountain, making this a ski in, ski out experience, which is why Oak Valley is popular with families. There is a ski and snowboarding school for beginners and sledding for kids to enjoy. Other facilities on offer in the resort complex are coffee shops, Korean and Chinese restaurants, a rock café complete with dance floor and a food court. Wind down after a hard day on the mountain with a massage, or take a swim in the indoor pool. Entertainment includes bowling, karaoke, billiards and a games room. Places to visit in the area for off mountain days include Chiaksan National Park and Baegunsan Recreational Forest.
how to get there
From Incheon International Airport, take an intercity bus to Wonju City, loading at Level 1 (dock 9C). Get off at Wonju Intercity Bus Terminal for a free transfer to Oak Valley Snow Park. The pick up point is just outside the terminal.
From Seoul, catch a bus at various locations including: Jamsil (Exit 2 in front of Lotte World); Gangnum (Exit 10); and Apgujeong (Exit 2 in front of Shinhan Bank). Get off at Wonju Intercity Bus Terminal for a free transfer to Oak Valley Snow Park. The pick up point is just outside the terminal.
From Seoul take the express service from Gangnum Express Bus Terminal to Wonju Bus Terminal. From there take the free transfer to Oak Valley Snow Park. The pick up point is just outside the terminal.
From Incheon International Airport, follow the signs to the Yeongdong Expressway (Route 50). Head north to Wonju. Turn into Wonju and follow the signs to the resort.
From Seoul, take the Gyeongbu Expressway (Route 1) out of town. About 16km along, take Route 50 to Pyeongchang. Head north to Wonju. Turn into Wonju and follow the signs to the resort.