Ski Resort

Vivaldi Park Ski Resort at Hongcheon

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s time for the snow…where January is the perfect time to go to a ski resort in South Korea.

Not that other months are not but if you want to experience the bitter and cold South Korea’s weather; now is the perfect time IMO where you can experience loads and loads of snow.

Snowfall started pretty early for winter 2013/2014. It used to be pretty rare to get snowfall this early in November but this time around..I was amazed by mother nature. It’s our doing anyway. We have to take care of our nature more.

The climate is a hullabaloo.

My last time snowboarding was in 2009 at Phoenix Park Ski Resort near Pyeongchang-gun. The place was full of slush and snowboarding at night with minus 13 degrees climate was pretty challenging.

I was a beginner, with three expert teachers.

Seriously, I learned a lot from that painful experience. Balancing myself on a board was pretty challenging. Don’t even talk about the painful fall. You must be careful not to fall on your knee. Heed this warning.

For myself, five times going and falling down the slopes and I was up for a thrill by myself, on my own alone without supervision but my knee suffer now.

They (my expert teachers) left me for the more advanced slope. T_T

The beginners at the beginner slope (that includes me!) and the giant snow machine at Vivaldi Park Ski Resort.

The fact that we didn’t start with beginner slope was disturbing but the adrenaline rush was there, no doubt. We did the intermediate slope..I know..I was crazy. Nope..they were crazy, because it was $%%^^&# hard. Hahha…

Well, the second time I snowboarded which was on 24th January 2013 at Vivaldi Park Ski Resort. The journey was about an hour and a half from Seoul.

I had milk coffee in the shuttle bus from Gwanghwamun; on an empty stomach and it was a huge huge mistake. I felt like puking the whole journey to Vivaldi Park Ski Resort and my seat was second last from the back.

There were little to none air ventilation in the bus. At least that was how I felt. The heater was not turned on and there is no window whatsoever, so I was gulping for air like a half-alive fish.

Anyway..the day was bright and it snowed when we ( Razzak, Faiz and me) arrived at Vivaldi. We shouted like crazy kids!! Because of the snowfall…I know, I was a bit ‘jakun’ myself. Hahaha..

Buy your ski lift first – This includes the ski gears but excludes ski apparels.

Fill up your name, height, shoe size in millimeter and your contact number (where I had grayed).

Since we arrived pretty early, we snacked at the food court with Starbucks and changed to our gear at about 12 noon.

I bought GMarket package for snowboarding class. Our trainer was Korean and he speaks passable English and I had to interpret most of the times for both my guests.

Once it’s reaching your ski time (like us 12.30 noon), go to the ski gear rental, show your ski rental card and wear your gears.

Snowboarding again after 4 years felt so natural for me. Like when you know how to ride a bicycle and you don’t ride one for 5 years but you still remember how to right?

I did fall but with less impact this time and I was surprised that I could stand up right after the fall and start snowboarding again! **I am just still a beginner. No skill whatsoever.

All that skiing will make you hungry!

Total budget
80,000 won for snowboard lesson + equipment + clothes + gloves + goggle + knee protector + return shuttle bus from Seoul + lunch.

Note:  Price may differ based on promotion or peak season.

You might need to add another 50,000 won for the ski lift/cable car lift. It’s only one way up and you need to go down the slope either skiing or snowboarding. Think again ^^. Kidding!! There is another lift for the more extreme slope cum sightseeing.

Total is around 130,000 won.

Tip1: If you know Korean language or you have Korean friend, you can actually buy cheaper package via online promotion ie Gmarket, Coupang, Ticket Monster, We Make Price. Some may need Alien Registration Card id to register.

Tip2: If you know a friend who knows skiing or snowboarding, you can just pay the ski lift and rental for gear (clothes at about 25,000 to 30,000 won or just wear your waterproof winter wear). No need to pay for the lesson. It’s actually cheap if you know the right people.

Phoenix Park Ski Resort v/s Vivaldi Ski Resort

For a beginner, it doesn’t make much difference. The only thing that I want to do is to master all the snowboarding skill on beginner slope first. After passing that, then only  I would consider more challenging slopes.

Phoenix has more genuine snow (I think) because it is further north (all depends on weather) compared to Vivaldi but Vivaldi is reachable from Seoul faster and you have to stay over a night in Phoenix if you want to ski there. It’s a win-win.

Why I prefer snowboarding?

Snowboarding is cooler. Heheh..

The gear is only the board. I hate to bring many gears. I have never skied so I don’t know the difficulty level compared to snowboarding. It seems hard for both.

More info on KNTO here.
Vivaldi Park’s website: http://www.vivaldipark.com/ (in Korean)

10 Comments

  • ayaharif

    I've done both snowboard and ski. Although I start with Ski, I prefer snowboard now like you are saying… It's cooler.. ^_^. Maybe we can snowboarding together sometime in Korea…. Or maybe in Japan? ^_^

  • Mel

    Hi, thanks for your sharing.
    I am a beginner in skiing and intend to take a lesson just for fun with my family coming December. What I want to know is, for the skylift, once we up there, is it a must we must ski down? Is the slop very slanting and dangerous?? how about if we were to “chicken out to ski down”(most likely the case), can we just walk down instead?? sorry i know its silly question, but the package only comes with 30 minutes lesson, i doubt we can master skiing skill that fast…lol.. thank you in advance 🙂

    • zarinajanikorea

      Hi Mel,

      If you are afraid to ski from the slope after taking the lift, you can just walk a bit up from the bottom of the beginner slope to your desired height and then ski down from there. I’ve done that too when I started snowboarding.. 🙂

      Even beginner slope can be intimidating if you have never skied before. Do like what I did and then build up your courage to take the lift up. You will stumble a lot and do not use your hands to prevent the fall. The teacher will teach you how to fall elegantly..hehe.

      Good luck!

  • selina

    hi, is it compulsory to ski down after take the ski lift up ? If chicken up after took ski lift, can take the lift down?

    • zarinajanikorea

      Hi Selina,
      If you have no experience of skiing at all, my advice is just to rent the gear and you can just walk up the slope a bit and ski down until you get used to it especially falling down on your bu** experience. 🙂

      If you are braver, you can pay for the gear and ski lift. However, once you reach the top, there is no lift service to go down. You have to ski down, definitely OR you can walk the side of the slope so you won’t disturb other skiers.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

  • ashikin

    hi, can sumone enter the snowboarding area just for companion ? i will bring along my mother.

    2. i hv a coupon from kto malaysia 40% off for ski lift n rental. so,after discount the price may be around 35600 won. i check the price vivaldi member around 44000 won. is it possible for tourist to get that price discount or should i confirm first from vivaldi?

    3. what else we can do inside besides ski, is there a shoping complex.
    sorry lots of asking.

    ashikin.

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