Yongpyong Resort Snowboarding
The 7th most popular snowboarding destination in Korea.
Tuesday 2 January 2018 06:26 GMT
East of Seoul in the Balwang Mountains, the Yongpyong Resort has 31 pistes served by 15 lifts spread across 3 mountains over 4,300 acres. Also known as Dragon Valley, this ski area is considered the largest in Korea. Annually, it gets 2.5m of snowfall, which may be a lot for Korea but still needs supplimental snow-making. Most of the advanced terrain is located off Dragon Peak (1438m) and the favored course is the long Rainbow Paradise (5.6km). While there really isn’t much nightlife in the area, including nearby PyeongChang, the slopes here are open until 2am! The Yongpyong Resort is located in the Gangwon Province about 215km to the east of Seoul. While it’s normally about a 2.5 hour drive, the heavy traffic on Friday and Sunday afternoons make it a much longer drive (up to 4 hours). There are plans for a high speed train to the area. Yongpyong Resort is the site of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics slalom and giant slalom events.
If you are planning to head to the ski area from Seoul by bus, most of the ski buses depart from the Jamsil Station. They depart very early in the morning (aka middle of the night). Also, keep in mind up at the resorts that many of the hotels use Korean-style mats on the floors for sleeping. If that’s not your bag, make sure to request a room with a real bed.
Overall, Yongpyong Resort is the 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 15 snowboarding resorts in Korea. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Yongpyong Resort including Bokwang Phoenix Snowpark, Alpensia Resort and Welli Hilli Hyundai Ski Resort.