Yongpyong Resort Guide

Insider tips from our team

The Skiing

With 14 chairlifts and one gondola covering a reasonable sized ski area, this is the leading ski resort in South Korea and offers a good variety of terrain.

The front of the mountain provides easy, shorter green runs for beginners. The Gold Valley slopes on the west side of the of the mountain are your best bet for a selection of longer blue runs. For the most challenging runs, you need to catch the Rainbow Gondola to the highest peak, giving you access to the four Paradise slopes – the runs being used for some of the alpine events at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Snow on the slopes is largely dependent on snow making facilities and, although the temperatures stay cold enough throughout winter, there is very little natural snow precipitation. Therefore this is not a destination for off-piste skiing which is very limited, if not non-existent!

Off the Slopes

The Tower Plaza, in the main base area, is home to a number of attractions once you are off the slopes. A bowling alley, billiards tables, air hockey and more arcade games than you could hope to see in a lifetime make up the basement level of the entertainment block. The upper floors are filled with a variety of restaurants and a convenience store.

The Peak Island Water Park is a fun addition to the resort and a great way to spend an afternoon or even a full day off skiing.

The nearby town of Daegwalnyeong-Myeon doesn’t provide much in the form of entertainment, but for those staying on a longer duration it is worth going to for an evening meal with a more local flavour.

Winter Olympics

Looking ahead to the Winter Olympics 2018 hosted by South Korea, Yongpyong is the chosen venue for the alpine skiing events. Alpensia resort is only a 10 minute drive away and is the site for the Olympic Village and also home of the ski jump stadium, biathlon and Nordic centres, and sliding centre. It has the feel of a small North American resort with a selection of easy runs, making a great half day excursion from Yongpyong. There will be exciting developments in both resorts in the upcoming years.

Maps

Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

Season
December to March
Nearest airport
Seoul
Flight time
10 hours
Direct flight
Yes
Transfer time
3 hours
Transport
Transfer
Elevation
1,438 m
Vertical drop
738 m
Ski area
29 km
Ski lifts
14
Runs
28
Grade
30% Advanced 40% Intermediate 30% Beginner
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