Yongpyong Ski Resort 용평리조트
- Kyle Hughes
- 08 October 2014
Located in the heart of the Korean Alps and an easy 2 – 3 hours from Seoul is Yongpyong Ski Resort, the first ski resort built in Korea and a favourite of many locals. With world-class facilities and great on-snow accommodation options, Yongpyong is the perfect snow holiday destination.
The resort offers 31 runs stretched across the ridge of Mt Balwangsan, serviced by 15 lifts including the 3.7km 6-person gondola, which takes you 1,500m above sea level to the glorious Dragon's Peak. Soak in the view over snowcapped mountains while enjoying a morning coffee or a bowl of noodles at one of the many eateries. Ski down one of the FIS approved courses, home to the alpine events for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, or enjoy the magical 5.6km Rainbow Paradise trail run winding through ravines and pine forests down to the main ski house, Dragon Plaza. There are slopes for all levels of skiers and boarders and plenty of mountain to explore. For those wanting some airtime, there's a super pipe and a snow park complete with jumps, rails, boxes and DJ sets.
Dragon Plaza is the location of most of the resort facilities, including cafes, restaurants, retail stores, equipment rental, lockers, the ski school and the gondola entrance. The ski school offers private or group lessons in a number of languages for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, and a specialized ski school program for kids. The food court has a variety of local and Western-style food. There are also a couple of other food outlets on the mountain, including cute little outdoor food stalls serving Turkish kebabs, NY style hotdogs and Korean 'toppoki' to go.
Accommodation options include hotel, condominium apartments with traditional 'ondol' rooms and Western beds and a youth hostel. All the resort accommodation is located at the bottom of the mountain and enjoys sensational views of the resort, with some convenient ski-in ski-out venues. Whether travelling with family or friends, there is something for all tastes and budgets. There are also many off-resort accommodation facilities on the road to Yongpyong and in the town of Hoenggye. There is a regular shuttle bus service from Hoenggye to the resort throughout the winter months.
If you need a break from the mountain, the resort also has a number of other facilities including Peak Island, an indoor waterpark, an indoor golf course, karaoke, bars and a bowling alley. Surrounding tourist attractions include Mt Oh-Dae National Park, Sam Yong Ranch and Woljeongsa Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Korea.
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 Yongpyong 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 Yongpyong Resort.