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Want to try skiing in Korea, but don’t know where to start? Don’t stress! Here’s the lowdown on 7 different ski resorts near Seoul to compare, to help you plan the perfect winter adventure.

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Are there ski resorts in Seoul?

With most of Korea’s population living in or near Seoul, it makes sense to think that there are actually ski resorts IN Seoul. After all, snowboarding and skiing are major winter sports, and there are mountains scattered throughout the city.

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Unfortunately, there are no ski resorts right in Seoul. ⓒ Korea Tourism Organization

The bad news is there are NO ski resorts in Seoul. The city is simply too densely populated, and well… snow doesn’t tend to stick around for much longer than a few hours.

That doesn’t mean your winter ski dreams are shattered though. There are many ski resorts near Seoul that can be easily accessed within an hour or two.

When to go skiing in Seoul

From December to early March, winter in Korea brings freezing temperatures, cold winds and snow to the peninsula. Ski resorts near Seoul typically open in mid-December and close by early March.

winter in korea | gyeongbokgung palace

Korea’s winter season is from December to March.

The coldest weather and most snowfall is in January and February, so these are the best months to go skiing in Seoul. This also happens to coincide with winter break at schools, so it’s peak time and the slopes can be very busy. Definitely something to keep in mind when planning which of Seoul’s ski resorts you’ll visit this winter.

Ski Resorts in Seoul | Opening Dates 2021-2022

Following is a list of the resorts and snow parks that are close enough to Seoul for a day trip. Each has a different opening date, based on snowfall and weather conditions, so it’s best to confirm with individual ski resorts before heading out to the mountains.

November 27th, 2021: Vivaldi Park Ski Resort

December 3rd, 2021: Elysian Gangchon, Welli Hilli Ski Resorts

December 9th, 2021: Jisan Forest Ski Resort

December 11th, 2021: Konjiam Ski Resort

December 17th, 2021: Bears Town Ski Resort, Oak Valley Ski Resort

*Star Hill Ski Resort has closed its doors permanently and Yangji Pine Ski Resort isn’t having a 2021/22 ski season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Packages for Ski Resorts near Seoul

Tour providers like Klook or Trazy are the easiest, most affordable way to go skiing in Seoul if you’re a traveler or expat in Korea. I speak Korean on a semi-fluent level and my first visit to a ski resort in Korea was still MASSIVELY confusing.

Most ski resorts near Seoul have multiple lifts, different locations to pick up equipment and clothes, 10+ ski hills, and more than one amenity area. If you don’t speak the language, it can be really overwhelming – especially if you’re a beginner and have never skied before.

yongpyong ski resort in korea | renting ski equipment

Ski equipment and clothes can be easily rented through a tour agency.

With Klook or Trazy, you can customize services ranging from transport to gear rental to all inclusive ski packages, to get exactly what you need, totally hassle-free. Most packages also include an hour long ski lesson in english to get you started skiing right away.

Best of all, these ski packages are hugely discounted for foreign passport holders. So you’ll save money AND be able to spend more time actually doing what you intended to do – ski in Seoul.

ski lift at alpensia resort korea

I know you want to get up on that ski lift as fast as possible ⓒ Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

How to Get to Ski Resorts near Seoul

There are 4 main ways to reach ski resorts in the Seoul area: shuttle bus, public transit, independently by car, or on a tour.

It’s possible to reach most ski resorts close to Seoul by hopping on shuttle buses from different points in the city or by using public transit, but very little of this information is provided in English or other languages. And sadly, due to COVID, many shuttle bus services have suspended operation temporarily.

ski resorts near seoul | welli hilli park

You can get to ski resorts near Seoul by shuttle bus, public transit, or on a day tour ⓒ Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

Getting to a ski resort near Seoul using public transit isn’t the best option, unless you’re on a serious budget. It requires multiple transfers, and cuts into your ski day, because it takes a long time.

Head to ski resorts near Seoul for sledding too ⓒ Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

If you have your own car, it’s undoubtedly the best way to get to the ski resort near Seoul of your choice. However, most travellers to Seoul don’t usually have or rent a car, so booking a shuttle, private transfer or day tour is really the best option. You’ll find options for how to do that further down in this article.

What to Expect When Skiing in Seoul

Korea is a tiny country, with a large population, that’s mostly centred around the Seoul metropolitan area. This impacts ANY experience you have here, whether it’s walking down the street or going to a ski resort.

skiing in korea: pyeongchang winter olympics

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics put Korea on the map for skiing.

So while the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics put Korea on the map as a major skiing destination in Asia, you’ll have to manage your expectations somewhat when skiing in Seoul – especially if you’re used to the ski parks in North America or Europe,

Ski Resorts near Seoul

Ski resorts near Seoul tend to be on the smaller size, but have excellent amenities, hotels, and restaurants on-site. There aren’t super long runs or an incredible variety of slopes at most ski parks near the capital region due to their size.

ski resorts in korea | phoenix park

You’ll have to head further into Gangwon-do for fluffy powder and longer runs ⓒ Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

We don’t get much snowfall near Seoul, so there’s not a huge amount of natural snow. Most of the snow at ski resorts in Seoul is artificially made. You won’t find huge piles of fluffy powder, unless you head further into Gangwon-do to ski resorts like Yongpyong or Alpensia (where the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were held).

Crowds

Ski resorts near Seoul can get very crowded… especially on holidays and weekends. It’s a function of serving a population of 25 million people who potentially want to spend a winter weekend in the snow. If you can swing it, it’s definitely better to visit a snow park on a weekday.

ski resorts near seoul | Welli Hilli Ski Park

You’ll have to expect crowds at ski resorts near Seoul on weekends ⓒ Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

Technology

One tool Korea uses to combat its high population is technology. You’ll see this at all ski resorts in Korea, in the form of super-fast high tech lifts and gondolas that can transport thousands of people per hour. You probably won’t have to wait overly long to get onto any ski lift, despite the crowds.

waiting for ski lift at yongpyong ski resort in korea

You won’t have to wait long to get on ski lifts in Korea.

Ski Resorts near Seoul | Gangwon-do

Gangwon-do Province lies to the east of Seoul. This is Korea’s outdoor and nature hub, with plenty of magnificent mountain ranges and golden beaches to explore. This region has the highest concentration of ski resorts in Korea.

winter in korea | gangeung gangwondo

Gangwon-do Province is home to mountains, seas, and beaches.

Gangwon-do has a few ski resorts near Seoul that you could easily visit on a day trip, due to their proximity to the capital.

Keep in mind though, that the highest quality ski resorts in Korea are actually located quite a distance from Seoul, about 3 – 4 hours away, and are best experienced on a multi-day ski trip.

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort | 엘리시안 강촌 스키장

Address: 688, Bukhangangbyeon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do | 강원도 춘천시 남산면 북한강변길 688 (남산면)

www.elysian.co.kr

Elysian Gangchon is an incredibly popular ski resort near Seoul, geared towards beginner and intermediate skiers. 8 out of the 10 slopes in the snow park are designed for skiing at this level. There are 6 high speed ski lifts to transport skiers.

children skiing

Elysian Gangchon is good place to learn how to ski

If you don’t have a car and want to travel by subway to ski or snowboard near Seoul, Elysian is pretty much your only option. It’s the only ski resort near Seoul that has a train / subway station physically on its grounds (2 hours to Baegyang-ri Station).

gangchon rail bike tunnel

The Gangchon Rail Bike is a worthwhile experience near Elysian Ski Resort

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort is close to Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Bike, and the Garden of Morning Calm, so you could easily combine these activities into a single trip.

ELYSIAN GANGCHON SKI RESORT AT A GLANCE

Distance from Seoul by car: 60 km | 1.5 – 2 hours (depending on traffic conditions)

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 24:00, with snow grooming from 17:00 – 18:30

Cost (8 hour lift ticket, equipment and clothing): 135,000 won+

Cost (all inclusive day tour with transport and Lesson): 125,000 won with Klook

Number of slopes: 10

Longest slope: Dragon / Rabbit | 1.5-km | Beginner

Best for: Beginners, daytrippers, those who want to visit Nami and other nearby sites

Pros: closest ski resort to Seoul in Gangwon-do, near Nami Island and other popular attractions

Cons: small ski park, closest ski resort to Seoul, so it can be busy and crowded

Vivaldi Park Ski World | 비발디 파크 스키월드

Address: 262, Hanchigol-gil, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do | 강원도 홍천군 서면 한치골길 262

www.sonohotelsresorts.com

Vivaldi Park Ski World is located in Hongcheon, just across the Gangwon-do provincial boundary, so it’s one of the closest ski resorts to Seoul. It takes approximately 90 minutes to get there under normal traffic conditions.

snowboarding and skiing in korea during winter

You can snowboard, ski, or go sledding at Vivaldi Park Ski World

This is the largest ski resort in the Seoul Metropolitan area, with the distinction of being the most visited ski resort in Korea for the last 7 years running. This is both good and bad. While it has state-of-the art facilities and amenities, it can get seriously crowded on weekends and holidays. If you’re looking for a bit of peace in the snow, it’s best to visit Vivaldi Park Ski Resort on a weekday.

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It can get very busy at Vivaldi Park on weekends.

However, it’s popular for good reason.

With 12 slopes in total, ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, Vivaldi is a trendy ski park with something to please absolutely everyone, including couples, groups, families, skiers, and snowboarders.

ski resorts near seoul | welli hilli park

Sledding is available for non-skiers ⓒ Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

Each slope is named after a different music genre and accompanied by a corresponding soundtrack, like Hip-Hop, Jazz or Techno. There’s even a family-friendly snow zone called Snowyland, which would keep kids and non-skiers entertained all day.

vivaldi park infinity pool

Enjoying the infinity pool on our autumn staycation at Sono Felice Resort.

I recently had a mini autumn staycation at Sono Felice, and can vouch for the quality of accommodation and incredible amount of amenities available at Vivaldi Park Ski World. I loved it so much, we’re headed back there in a month to try out their winter activities! I’ll be sure to update with a full report.

Quick Facts about Vivaldi Park Ski World

Distance from Seoul: 80 km | 1 – 2 hours (depending on traffic conditions)

Opening Hours: 8:30 – 5:00, with snow grooming from 17:00 – 18:30

Approximate Cost (8 hour lift ticket, equipment and clothing): 135,000 won+

Cost (all-inclusive day tour with transport and lesson): 105,000 won with Trazy (choose Beginner Ski Lesson option)

Number of slopes: 12

Longest slope: Jazz | 900-metres | Intermediate

Best for: everyone! non-skiers, families

Pros: free tourist shuttle bus, proximity to Seoul, excellent facilities and amenities

Cons: crowded on weekends with max capacity up to 20,000 people

Oak Valley Ski Resort | 오크밸리 스키장

Address: 58, Oak valley 2-gil, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do | 강원도 원주시 지정면 오크밸리2길 58

www.oakvalley.co.kr

Oak Valley is a 4 season golf and ski resort near Seoul, set in a beautiful landscape of oak trees. It was voted the #1 environmentally friendly resort in Korea.

oak valley ski resort near seoul

Oak Valley Ski Resort has a gorgeous natural landscape ⓒ Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

It has wide slopes that are less crowded and perfect for those first learning to ski or snowboard. If you’re graduating to the intermediate level, there’s a good variety of different ski hills to practice on. There are a total of 9 slopes, but if you’re an advanced skier, you’ll probably get bored quickly at this ski resort.

Quick Facts about Oak Valley Ski Resort

Distance from Seoul: 100 km | 2 hours (depending on traffic conditions)

Opening Hours: 8:30 – 4:00, with snow grooming from 17:00 – 18:30

Approximate Cost (8 hour lift ticket, equipment and clothing): 135,000 won+

Cost (all-inclusive day tour with transport and 2 hour lesson): 120,000 won with Klook

Number of slopes: 9

Longest slope: A | 1.6-km | Intermediate

Best for: beginners, families

Pros: less crowded, foreigner friendly

Cons: limited slope variety

Oak Valley Ski Packages, Lift Passes, and Transportation

Oak Valley Ski Resort near Seoul opened on December 17th, 2021.

Welli Hilli Snow Park | 웰리힐리파크 스노우파크

Address: 451, Gowon-ro, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do | 강원도 횡성군 둔내면 고원로 451

www.wellihillipark.com

Welli Hilli is located in the same region of Gangwon-do as Oak Valley Ski Resort. It’s definitely the better option for advanced skiers and snowboarders, with 10 slopes rated advanced and expert.

Welli Hilli is one of the few ski resorts near Seoul with a moguls course ⓒ Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

It’s one of the few ski resorts near Seoul with an international scale halfpipe, and the first resort with an internationally certified mogul course.

Quick Facts about Welli Hilli Snow Park

Distance from Seoul: 100 km | 1.5 – 2 hours (depending on traffic conditions)

Opening Hours: 8:30 – 2:00, with snow grooming from 16:30 – 18:30

Number of slopes: 19

Longest slope: Star Express | 2.6-km | Intermediate / Beginner combined

Best for: intermediate and advanced freestyle skiiers and snowboarders

Pros: decent amount of natural snow, halfpipe, mogul course

Cons: downhill skiing not as good as ski resorts further away from Seoul

Welli Hilli Snow Park Ski Packages, Lift Passes, and Transportation

Welli Hilli Ski Park in Wonju, near Seoul, opened on December 3rd, 2021.

Accommodation: Welli Hilli Resort

Ski Resorts near Seoul | Gyeonggi-do

The are 5 ski resorts near Seoul, in Gyeonggi-do Province. If you’re short on time, these are the best ski resorts to consider, since they’re directly surrounding the city of Seoul. It’s possible to reach some of these ski and snow parks in less than an hour!

ski resorts near seoul | konjiam ski resort

Head to a ski resort in Gyeonggi-do if you’re short on time ⓒ Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

Bears Town Ski Resort | 베어스타운리조트 스키장

Address: 27, Geumgang-ro 2536beon-gil, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 포천시 내촌면 금강로2536번길 27

www.bearstown.com

Bears Town Ski Resort near Seoul is located in Pocheon, less than an hour away. It’s the largest ski resort in Gyeonggi-do Province, with super fast ski lifts capable of transporting 15,200 skiers per hour to its 10 ski hills. The sheer size of Bears Town makes it possible to enjoy less crowded slopes.

ski resorts in korea | muju deogyusan resort

More space to ski and snowboard is a good thing ⓒ Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

There are 3 slopes at Bears Town approved by the International Ski Federation. If you’re a non-skier or family traveler, it also has the longest sledding slope in Korea.

Quick Facts about Bears Town Ski Resort

Distance from Seoul by Car: 50 km | 0.45 to 1 hour (depending on traffic conditions)

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 4:00, with snow grooming from 17:00 – 18:30

Approximate Cost (8 hour lift ticket, equipment and clothing): 132,000 won+

Cost (all-inclusive day tour with transport and 1 hour ski lesson): 160,000 won with Klook

Number of slopes: 10 ski slopes, and 1 sledding slope

Longest slope: 88Challenge | 2.5-km | Advanced

Best for: beginners and intermediates

Pros: biggest ski resort in Gyeonggi-do, 3 International Ski Federation approved slopes

Cons: website only in Korean

Bears Town Ski Packages, Lift Passes, and Transportation

Bears Town Ski Resort near Seoul opened on December 17th, 2021.

Accommodation: Bears Town

Jisan Forest Ski Resort | 지산 포레스트 리조트 스키장

Address: 267, Jisan-ro, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 이천시 마장면 지산로 267

www.jisanresort.co.kr

Jisan Forest Ski Resort is located in Icheon, south of Seoul. It takes around an hour to reach it by car under normal traffic conditions.

ski resorts in korea | yongpyong

Jisan Forest is ideal for beginners, like my daughter, learn to ski

There are 7 ski hills that are ideally geared towards beginner and intermediate level skiers, with broad slopes, and gentle inclines. If you’re looking for a quick trip out of Seoul, one big advantage of Jisan Forest Ski Resort is that it offers foreigners an onsite discount of 20%. Just bring your passport along to show at the ticket counter.

Quick Facts about Jisan Forest Ski Resort

Distance from Seoul: 55km | 1 – 1.5 hours (depending on traffic conditions)

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 4:00, with snow grooming from 17:00 – 18:30

Cost (8 hour lift ticket, equipment and clothing): 105,000 won +

Number of slopes: 7

Longest slope: Slope 7 | 1.2-km | Intermediate

Best for: beginners progressing to intermediate

Pros: escalator for children and beginners, close to Everland

Cons: small ski park, public transit access is inconvenient

Jisan Forest Ski Packages, Lift Passes, and Transportation

Jisan Forest Ski Resort near Seoul opened on December 9th, 2021.

Konjiam Ski Resort | 곤지암리조트 스키장

Address: 278, Docheogwit-ro, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 광주시 도척면 도척윗로 278

www.konjiamresort.co.kr

Konjiam Ski Resort is located just 50-km to the south of Seoul. There are 9 ski slopes and 5 super-fast ski lifts that can transport almost 15,000 people per hour. Most of the ski hills are rated at the intermediate level.

ski resorts near seoul | konjiam ski resort

Konjiam’s capacity limit means it’s never too crowded on the slopes ⓒ Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

The hourly capacity limit of 7000 skiers per hour, makes Konjiam super unique among Korea’s ski resorts. They even guarantee a waiting time of 15 minutes or less for their ski lifts.

They’re also the first ski resort near Seoul to utilize a pass system based on hours vs daily rates, called the ME-Time Pass.

ski resorts near seoul | konjiam

Konjiam has a unique pass system ⓒ Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

Konjiam is also one of the easiest ski resorts to reach from Seoul. Get there by getting off at Gonjiam Station on Gyeonggang line, then hopping on one of the resort’s hourly shuttle buses. Alternatively, you can hop on their free shuttle bus from Jamsil (info here).

Quick Facts about Konjiam Ski Resort

Distance from Seoul: 50km | 1 – 1.5 hours (depending on traffic conditions)

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 4:00, with snow grooming from 18:00 – 19:00

Cost (6 hour ME-Time Pass, equipment and clothing): 87,000 won +

Number of slopes: 9

Longest slope: Zetta2 – Windy 1 Combined | 2.2-km | Intermediate

Best for: intermediates

Pros: capacity limit, subway + shuttle accessible

Cons: small ski resort

Yangji Pine Resort Ski Valley | 양지파인리조트 스키장

Address: 112, Nampyeong-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 용인시 처인구 양지면 남평로 112

www.pineresort.com

Yangji Pine Resort is not operating a ski season in 2021 / 22 due to COVID.

ski gear

You can rent or purchase almost everything you need at ski resorts near Seoul.

Tips for Visiting Ski Resorts in Seoul

  • There are lockers available at every ski resort to store your belongings. These are usually coin operated so come prepared with some bills or change.
  • You can rent absolutely everything you need for a day of skiing onsite at the ski resort.
  • Goggles, helmets and gloves are not usually included in a ski clothing rental, so come prepared with your own.
  • If you don’t have goggles or helmets, you can rent them at an additional cost.
  • There are stores to buy any extra items you can’t rent, like gloves or sunglasses.
  • You’ll find a huge variety of restaurants, cafes and other activities at most ski resorts near Seoul.

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Ski Resorts in Seoul: Essential Info and FAQs

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Does Seoul have good skiing? Korea is 70% mountainous, so it's easy to find ski slopes around the country. The best skiing in Korea is in the Gangwon-do Province to the east of Seoul. This is the region where the 2018 Winter Olympics were held.
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When can you go skiing in South Korea? The ski season in South Korea runs from early December to March. The best snow is typically in January and February.
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Are there ski resorts in Seoul? There are no ski resorts in Seoul, but there are ski resorts within a 45-90 minute drive of the city. Elysian Gangchon, Vivaldi Park, and Bears Town are popular ski resorts near Seoul.
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Can you snowboard in Korea? Most of the ski resorts in Korea, also have snowboarding available. Some also have sledding hills for families and those that don't want to ski.
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I don't have any skiing gear. Can I still go skiing in Seoul? You can rent or buy absolutely everything you need for skiing at any ski resort in Korea. You can literally show up with nothing and spend the day skiing.

Now you know everything you need to know to embark on an excellent winter adventure. Which of the ski resorts near Seoul will you visit? 

Comments:

  • January 6, 2022

    Such an informative article on skiing near Seoul, Shelley! Didn’t know there weren’t ski resorts in Seoul. But I guess it makes sense since mountainous areas are usually further away from urban areas. It did look like many people on the slopes, so your suggestion to go on a weekend sounds wise. It’s good to hear the ski lifts and gondolas work very well so many people can get on the slopes as soon as possible.

    I’m not one for skiing and really don’t like cold temperatures, so skiing is not for me! It looks like you and the fam had some fun, and hope your daughter enjoyed it 🙂

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