Host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea’s traditional culture and super-charged economy make it a fascinating place to ski and explore. We had a huge amount of fun when we visited.
Purpose-built, the main resorts have skiing for all abilities. Particularly good for families and first-timers Yongpyong is the leading resort and the focus of Olympic events, while nearby Phoenix Park is also very popular. The piste skiing is decent in both but this isn’t a powder mecca like neighbouring Japan. The season runs from December to March, and much of the snow is man-made - to combine South Korea with some of the world’s best powder skiing, take a look at our Ski Asia Safari.
While there’s no off-piste to be had, the captivating culture makes up for it. Night skiing continues until the early hours of the morning, and it is not uncommon to enjoy an evening meal in your ski gear before heading back onto the slopes.
The capital city has even more surprises. Easily reached from the mountains, Seoul’s winding alleys and ancient shrines sit next to skyscrapers and Unesco-listed walls, while the restaurants serve authentic kimchi, bubbling hot pots and delicious Korean dumplings.