2023 Opening Dates

The 2023/24 ski season is underway in Korea, opening dates as follows:

Yongpyong 24th November

Phoenix Park 24th November

Vivaldi Park 29th November

Welli Hilli Park 1st December

Elysian Gangchon 1st December

Alpensia 2nd December

O2 7th December

High1 8th December

Another one bites the dust: Bears Town isn’t opening this season,

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New season opening postponed

Quarantine measures have been lifted and you can finally visit Korea normally again this winter, so this should be the first normal ski season in Korea since covid came along.

The first resorts (like Phoenix & Yongpyong) were scheduled to open on November 25th, however they’ve had to delay opening due to unseasonally high temperatures (still around 10°C at Yongpyong this week)

They’ll get the first runs open as soon as possible,

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Opening dates & covid update

The third season of the pandemic is about to get underway, so it’s time for an update.

You can still visit Korea as a tourist, but depending on your nationality you’ll probably have to do a 14-day hotel quarantine at your own expense. I actually did this in summer 2020 and it wasn’t too bad,

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Season closing dates

If you’re in Korea and looking to get in some late season turns in March, you still have a few options.

Most resorts closed on March 1st (or in late February in some cases), but you can still hit the following:

Phoenix Park (closing Sunday 7th)

High1 (closing Sunday 14th)

Welli Hilli Park (Sunday 14th)

Yongpyong (Sunday 21st)

Discount tickets are available so you should only need to pay around 20k KRW for a pass.

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New season and coronavirus update

Well, last season was cut short by the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, and unfortunately as we head into the new season the pandemic is still very much a problem.

You can still visit Korea as a tourist depending on your nationality, basically if your country is still allowing Korean tourists to enter then Korea is probably allowing your nationality to enter (but do check with official sources,

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Early end to the 2019/20 season

Well it’s been a bit of a disastrous ski season in Korea with very little snowfall until some late dumps in February, but by then the coronavirus situation was keeping most locals at home and making most international tourists rethink their plans.

This website had a 90% drop in traffic in February compared to the same time last year,

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New season updates

Well, it’s that time of year again when the leaves turn red and I start getting loads of messages asking when the ski resorts are opening! Before the bad news, here’s a pretty autumn picture (for the best autumn colour spots in Seoul see here):

Autumn leaves at the palace in Seoul

But the bad news is that even though it’s already November,

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2019 updates

For updates on the start of 2019/2020 season see here

The 2018/19 season was a late starter due to higher than usual November temperatures, and it’s continued to be a relatively mild winter (by Korean standards) since then. The mountains have had very little natural snowfall (pretty much none in the Seoul area resorts),

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Welcome to the 2018/19 Korean Ski Season!

Hello all, hope you enjoyed the summer wherever you spent it (I was mostly sweating it out in Osaka & Seoul). The autumn colours were lovely last month in Korea, and now it’s finally time to get back on the ski slopes!

The last few weeks have been a bit frustrating though,

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Olympic Season Wrap-up

With High1, Yongpyong, and Welli Hilli Park having closed their lifts down last week, the 2017-18 Olympic ski season is now officially over in Korea.

However, my own season came to an abrupt & early end a few weeks earlier when I broke my arm crashing off a jump at Welli Hilli,

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