Yongpyong Resort Guide
Insider tips from our team
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.
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.