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Gangwon Province provides haven for winter sports

Gangwon Province has many natural attractions and has hosted many international sport contests. It currently aspires to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, helping to strengthen winter sports not only in Korea but in all of Asia.

The county of Pyeongchang in Gangwon Province is the third largest county in the country and is located in the Taebaek mountain range. The area sees heavy snowfall from November to April, allowing for five months of excellent skiing each year and easily fulfilling the Winter Olympic requirement of 2 meters and 70 centimeters. Pyeongchang is already the site of many of Korea’s ski and snowboard competitions, along with a slew of other cold-weather sports.

In January 2010, the Ski Jump Summer Grand Prix World cup was held in Gangwon Province, and this year the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboarding World Championships was held there, as well.  The area is also home to a number of resorts that provide full services, including accommodations, restaurants and sports facilities.

Gangwon Province is going all out to foster athletes and run classes in bobsleigh, curling and ice hockey for disabled athletes. Local communities have also helped provide support for local snowboard, ski jump and ice hockey teams. Gangwon Province hopes that by winning the bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, it can increase its profile as an international tourist destination.

By Oh Jun Kyung Staff Writer


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