Jisan Forest Ski Resort 지산 포레스트 리조트 스키장
- Kyle Hughes
- 08 October 2014
Jisan Forest Ski Resort is a small ski field perfectly suited to families, learners and snowboarders wanting a day out on the mountain. Last time we visited, we stayed in the small city of Yongan-Si, which is considered to be part of the great Seoul metropolitan area and only a mere 15 minute drive from the resort. Generally, it takes about 40 minutes from Gangnum, south of Seoul.
At a relatively low elevation, the resort relies on snowmaking and the gradients are slight. That being said, there is a great snow park and half pipe set up for boarders and skiers keen to test their aerial skills. So good in fact that the park facilities are often used for rail jam and snowboarding competitions. In total, there are 7 main ski slopes and 3 sub-slopes accessed by 5 high-speed lifts. A bonus for city dwellers, Jisan Forest offers nearly round-the-clock slope time, perfect for a night out up the mountain.
This place may not appeal to the avid skier or snowboarder keen for some serious slope time, but it has a lovely charm and good facilities. If you are a first-timer and only have a couple days to spare, this resort is the perfect place. Young families looking for convenience and good facilities for kids, look for further. And if you don't feel like driving back to Seoul or are looking for a weekend away, Jisan Forest Ski Resort also has on resort condominium-style accommodation. There is a ski house at the bottom of the mountain and the resort services include ski school, rental equipment and a great childcare facility. There are plenty of dining options, including Japanese, burger and pizza joints and a cafés.
Other places of interest nearby include Everland Resort (the Korean equivalent of Disneyland), a traditional Korean folk village, temples and museums.
How to Get There
From Seoul, catch a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Icheon Bus Terminal. From Icheon Bus Terminal take Bus No. 12 to Jisan Forest Resort.
Or you can take the City Coach Bus No. 9800 from Gangnum Station (Exit 7) or Yangjae Bus Station.
From Gangnum take Gyeongbungbu Expressway (Route 1) and turn off onto Yeongdong Expressway (Route 50) and head east. Travel for about 25km then turn off onto Route 325 at Deokpyong-ri. Follow the signs to the resort, which about 4km down the road.