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Winter offers skiing, free transportation

The mountains of Gangwon Province are some of the ultimate winter sports destinations for skiers and snowboarders in Korea. The ski resorts around Pyeongchang are some of the best that Korea’s winter season has to offer.

Moreover, the Visit Korea Committee’s promotional free shuttles connect Korea’s favorite ski destinations, making them the perfect wintertime getaway.

Yongpyong Resort

About three hours' drive from Seoul, Yongpyong opened the first modern ski resort in Korea in 1975, and it remains one of the best and largest ski complexes in Asia.

The resort has an impressive 28 ski slopes, including six that have been approved for international competitions. It successfully hosted the World Cup Ski Championship and the Winter Asian Games, along with other international ski competitions.

Yongpyong Resort's slopes (Photo courtesy of Yongpyong Resort)

For those interested in participating in a competition this winter, the 29th Yongpyong International Ski Festival takes place from February 18 to 20. Make an online reservation to participate, and receive a 30 percent discount on rooms, ski rental and lift tickets during the festival.

Yongpyong is also famous as a filming location for the popular Korean Wave drama, “Winter Sonata.”

For more information, please visit the official website at: (Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese)

Alpensia Resort

Alpensia is one of the newest facilities in Korea, situated in the Baekdudaegan Mountains.

Skiers at the Alpensia (Photo courtesy of Alpensia Resort)

The resort offers a variety of sports and leisure activities all year round. Although it was originally built to support Pyeongchang’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics and features a ski jump tower and Korea’s largest cross-country skiing facilities, Alpensia also has PGA standard golf clubs, a wildflower garden and concert halls.

They also have slopes for all levels of ability, from pro snowboarder to first time skier. They even have an area exclusively reserved for advanced skiers and snowboarders to hone their skills. Those who want to skip the slopes entirely can head to Ocean 700, an indoor aquatic leisure facility.

(left) Ski jump tower (center) Ocean 700, an indoor aquatic leisure facility (right) Alpensia 700 Golf Club (Photo courtesy of Alpensia Resort)

Alpensia is equipped with a wide range of accommodations, from high-end Intercontinental-owned hotels to condominiums. For more information, call +82 (0)33 339 0000, or visit the official website at: (Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese)

Free shuttle connects Korea’s favorite ski destinations

As part of the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year campaign’s promotional events, the Visit Korea Committee is providing free shuttle buses to non-Koreans who wish to visit Gyeongju or Jeonju, departing from Seoul until the end of December. Starting on Dec. 5, the committee also started a free Seoul-Gangneung shuttle service.

Overseas visitors can also take advantage of the free shuttles to get to Yongpyong and Alpensia Resorts, until February 25. The bus departs at 8 a.m. every day except Mondays from the Donghwa Duty Free Building in Gwanghwamun. After stopping at the resorts, the bus finishes its five-hour journey at Gyeongpodae in Gangneung.

Free shuttle bus

In order to use the free shuttle service, visitors should apply for tickets on the official Visit Korea homepage and present their original passport when boarding.

For more information on the free shuttle buses, call +82 1577 2507 (English, Japanese and Chinese) or visit the official website at: (Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese)

By Hwang Dana Staff Writer


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