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Vivaldi Park Snowy Land is the winter wonderland of your childhood dreams. It has 6 totally unique sledding hills, an igloo village, snowflake tunnel, and various cold-weather activity zones, perfect for the entire family to enjoy.

vivaldi park snowy land | rafting sled

Vivaldi Park Snowy Land is the perfect family-friendly winter activity in Korea.

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • when to visit Vivaldi Park Snowy Land
  • what to expect at this massive snow park
  • which hotels are near Snowyland
  • how to get to Vivaldi Park
  • what to wear and prepare for a comfortable day of outdoor activity

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What to Expect at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land

There are a lot of sledding hills in Korea, but Snowy Land is special. There’s a reason why it’s the most visited snow park in the country.

Be sure to greet Snowy as you arrive. After all, Snowyland is his home, and you’re just a visitor.

vivaldi park snowy land

Don’t forget to greet your host, Snowy.

Not to worry though – Snowy loves having guests, and he’s created a massive 50,000 square metre village full of snow-covered sledding hills, dedicated to nothing but fun.

Step off the dedicated Snowy Land gondola, walk through the Snowy House, and you’re immediately transported into a winter wonderland full of snowy delights.

vivaldi park snowy land gondola

There’s a dedicated gondola with gorgeous views up to Snowyland at Vivaldi Park.

When you get hungry, need a bit of warmth, or want a break from sledding, head over to the Igloo Village for snacks, marshmallow roasting, and fun photo spots.

Whatever you choose to do at Snowy Land, keep in mind that it’s mostly outdoors, with few places to take shelter. I can’t stress enough how important it is to wear appropriate clothing for the winter conditions.

vivaldi park snowy land igloo village

There’s a bit of warmth to be found at Snowy Land’s Igloo Village.

When to Visit Vivaldi Park Snowy Land

Opening Dates: December 8th – February 28th, 2022

Vivaldi Park Snowy Land opens every December in Korea. The exact opening date varies – mostly depending on when it’s actually cold enough for snow to stick around without melting. In 2022, there’s a soft opening from December 8th to 14th, with limited sledding hills available.

vivaldi park snowyland gondola entrance

It’s best to visit Snowy Land after mid-December.

I definitely recommend visiting Snowy Land AFTER December 15th though. This is the Grand Opening date for the winter season, and at this time, most sledding hills, including the awesome Tornado and Rafting sleds will fully open.

Vivaldi Park relies on a combination of natural and artificial snow, so you don’t really have to worry about snow conditions on the hills. There will always be enough snow to go flying down a hill.

gyeongbokgung palace in winter

The month of January has the most snowfall in Korea.

However, if you want to increase your chance of experiencing REAL snow at Snowy Land, try visiting in the month of January in Korea. This is typically the coldest month of the year, with the most snowfall.

Hours of Operation

From Sunday to Thursday, Vivaldi Park Snowyland is open from 10:00 to 18:00. On Fridays and Saturdays only, hours are extended to 20:00.

It gets dark around 6:00PM during winter in Korea, so if you should find yourself visiting on a weekend, you can enjoy a romantically lit snow village, and night sledding.

Sledding Hills at Snowy Land

Vivaldi Park Snowy Land has 6 separate sledding hills that’ll keep you thrilled and wanting more. And while each one has specific height requirements for safety, there’s still a sled for absolutely everyone to ride.

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Snowy Land is 50,000 square metres of winter fun © Vivaldi Park

Not every sledding hill is open during the week though, so it’s best to check their website to confirm. I’ll provide a brief description of each sled at Snowyland below, as well as information about the height and age requirements.

In my experience, they ALWAYS check the height requirement, but are pretty lax about age.

BUILD YOUR OWN SNOWY LAND PACKAGE  |  Whether you just want a shuttle bus to Vivaldi Park, a Snowy Land sledding pass, or a full on package including winter clothing, ski pass and private lessons, it’s easy to customize the package perfect for your needs. Check full details here.

Snowy Rafting | 스노위 레프팅

This was my absolute favourite sled at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land, and it’s exactly what you’d imagine it to be. A huge inflatable life raft, hurtling down a snowy track on a hill of snow.

Vivaldi Park Snowy Land | rafting hill

Ever hurtled down a hill of snow in a life raft?

The hill for the rafting sled is close to where you exit the gondola. I recommend getting in line for this first, because you’ll want to ride it more than once, and the line can be long.

Snowy Rafting at Vivaldi Park is perfect for families with younger children, because you can all ride together in 1 big raft. We were easily able to fit 2 adults and 3 children into the raft.

Requirements: kids older than 24 months can ride with parents, children over 120cm can ride independently

Snowy Tornado | 스노위 토네이도

The Tornado sled is the other thrilling group ride at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land. This one is in a huge round tube, that goes spinning in circles down the track – hence the name, Tornado.

vivaldi park tornado sled

The Tornado is a thrilling sled at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land.

I didn’t love this one as much, since I’m prone to getting dizzy – but if that doesn’t bother you, you’ll be all over it. The kids loved it!

Requirements: kids older than 24 months can ride with parents, children over 120cm can ride independently

TOP WINTER ACTIVITIES  |  Seeing the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival, sledding at Snowy Land, and picking sweet strawberries are 3 of Korea’s best winter activities, and you can do them ALL on this convenient one-day tour. Check full details here.

Snowy Racing: High & Low Speed | 스노위 레이싱 하이 & 로우스피드

There are 2 speeds on the Snowy Racing hill. The low speed hill is set at a 20 degree angle, and the high speed is set at a 30 degree angle. If you’re riding down with your child, the 2 inner tubes are attached with rope, and the staff will show you how to keep them connected safely.

vivaldi park snowy land racing sled

There are 2 speed courses at Snowy Racing.

Standing at the top of the Snowy Racing courses can be a little intimidating at first, but once you’re headed down the hill atop your inner tube, it’s nothing but fun.

Requirements for Low Speed: kids over 24 months and taller than 110-cm can ride with parents, children over 120cm can ride independently

Requirements for High Speed: only kids over 120-cm tall can ride this sled

vivaldi park snowy land | snowy racing

Younger kids can ride the Low Speed course with parents.

Snowy Coaster | 스노위 코스터

The Snowy Coaster is a super-long traditional style sledding hill. Kids must be over 110-cm to ride the Snowy Coaster, even with parents – probably due to its massive length, and potential high speeds.

Requirements: kids under 110-cm are prohibited from this sled, those over 24 months and taller than 110-cm can ride with parents, children over 120-cm can ride independently

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Kids over 120-cm can ride the Snowy Coaster and Snowy Kids by themselves.

Snowy Kids | 스노위 키즈

This is a traditional style sledding hill, that’s about half the length of the Snowy Coaster hill.

Requirements: kids older than 24 months can ride with parents, children over 120cm can ride independently

Snowy Mini | 스노위 미니

Snowy Mini is a sledding hill specifically for younger kids to ride independently and safely. ONLY children under 110-cm are allowed to go on this hill.

Requirements: kids under 110-cm can ride the Snowy Mini independently, everyone else is prohibited

sledding in korea | welli hilli park

There are traditional sledding hills in Korea too ⓒ Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

Limited Edition Winter Tours in Korea

Korean winter might feel downright frosty, but there’s plenty of fun things to do to help you forget the sub-zero temperatures. Don’t miss these special events and activities that are only available for 2 or 3 months of the year.

garden of morning calm lighting festival in winter

The Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival runs from December 9th to March 23rd.

yongpyong ski resort in korea

Hit the slopes in Korea during the winter months ⓒ Korea Tourism Organization

How to get to Vivaldi Park Snowyland

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

Snowy Land is located in Vivaldi Park in Hongcheon, just across the border from Seoul in Gangwon-do Province.

winter in korea | gangeung gangwondo

Gangwon-do, east of Seoul, is home to mountains, seas, and beaches.

Whether you drive, join a day tour, hop on a shuttle bus, or take public transit, there are a ton of options available for getting to Vivaldi Park.

By Car

If you have your own vehicle or decide to rent a car, driving is probably the easiest way to get to Vivaldi Park. There’s free parking on-site, and having your own transport makes it very convenient to travel between Snowy Land, and all of the other facilities available at the ski resort.

Under normal traffic conditions, it takes approximately 90 to 100 minutes to reach Snowyland from popular locations in Seoul. Click any of the following Naver map links, for detailed driving directions.

myeongdong at christmas

It takes about 90 minutes to drive to Snowyland from Myeongdong.

TRAVELING WITH A GROUP?  |  An all-inclusive package including private car charter, with hotel pick up and drop-off, might be the perfect option if you’re traveling with a group. Check out all the options here.

Landing at Incheon Airport, and want to head straight to Vivaldi Park, Elysian Gangchon, or Oak Valley Ski Resort? Here’s an option for you to check out.

Group or Private Tour

Joining an all-inclusive tour to Vivaldi Park is undoubtedly the most simplest way to enjoy a day of sledding at Snowy Land, if you don’t have your own transport.

night skiing in korea

Skiing is popular during winter in Korea.

There are a ton of different variations to choose from, with some including skiing, and other fun winter stops like strawberry picking or Nami Island, along the way to Snowy Land. Check them out below.

Seoul to Vivaldi Park using Public Transit

Unless you’re on a serious budget, I don’t recommend using public transit to get to Vivaldi Park. It’s time consuming, and who really wants to wait around at a bus stop in the freezing cold. It’s much better to book a round-trip shuttle bus here or here.

However, if you must take public transit – here’s how to do it.

express bus terminal in seoul korea

It’s possible to take public transit to Vivaldi Park Snowy Land © Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

1
Go to the Dong Seoul bus terminal. It's located outside of Gangbyun subway station on Line 2.
2
Ask for tickets to Hongcheon Intercity Bus Terminal. The journey is approximately 1 hour, 12 minutes, and costs 7,700 won.
3
From Hongcheon Bus Terminal, you can either take a taxi or get on a local bus to Daemyung Ski Resort (24 stops, and approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes duration).

About Vivaldi Park

Snowy Land is actually part of Daemyung Resort’s Vivaldi Park. This is a huge resort complex, with facilities for golfing, skiing, snowboarding, or swimming, depending on the season. There are also a number of adjacent hotels of varying qualities, restaurants, cafes, and a ton of other on-site activities to enjoy.

vivaldi park infinity pool

Vivaldi Park has different seasonal activities, including this infinity pool at its golf course.

It’s the perfect place for an overnight staycation because you literally don’t have to leave the resort complex for anything. You really could visit Vivaldi Park at any time of the year, and have a total blast. I certainly have!

Where to Stay near Vivaldi Park Snowy Land

There are several hotels near Vivaldi Park. It can be a bit confusing to find them, because they’re mostly branded as Sono Hotels, rather than Vivaldi Park hotels. Trust me though – these are the hotels closest to all the amenities at Vivaldi Park, and where you’ll want to stay for an overnight trip to Snowy Land – particularly if you don’t have a car.

sono hotels vivaldi park

The Sono Hotels are closest to Vivaldi Park.

I’ve personally stayed at both Sono Felice, and Sonobell, and had a good walk through Sono Pet. I’d recommend all 3 hotels.

Sono Felice is the higher end of the 2, with gorgeous suite rooms, but it’s a bit further away from the amenities at Vivaldi Park. I actually think it’s much easier to stay at Sonobell, which is pretty much right across the street from Snowy Land and steps to all the restaurants and other activities at the resort complex.

legends heroes at vivaldi park

Vivaldi Park has tons of on-site activities.

There are a ton of different room configurations and packages to choose from at Vivaldi Park. Check availability and compare rates on the following sites.

vivaldi park korea | suite room at sono felice

Sono Felice has gorgeous suite rooms, perfect for larger groups.

What to Wear to Vivaldi Park Snowy Land

Winter in Korea is frigid with Siberian winds that cut right through your body. With its location on top of a mountain, Snowy Land has few spaces that are shielded from the icy winds and freezing temperatures.

It’s very important to gear up properly, not just so you can fully enjoy your day or sledding, but also to avoid more serious issues like frostbite.

vivaldi park snowy land

Be sure to gear up properly for a day at Snowyland.

I recommend the following, as the ideal winter gear for a day at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land: It’s windy and VERY cold.

  • padded winter coat, preferably with some kind of water resistance
  • snowpants, also waterproof or water resistant if possible
  • water-resistant padded boots
  • thick socks
  • warm mittens
  • earmuffs or a hat that covers your ears completely
  • scarf or neckwarmer
  • change of clothes (in case they get wet)
  • hot packs
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Icy landscapes at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land.

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Vivaldi Park Snowy Land: Essential Info and FAQs

1
When is Vivaldi Park Snowy Land open? Vivaldi Park Snowy Land opens every winter in Korea. Exact opening dates vary each year, based on snow conditions, but usually it opens from around mid-December.
2
What is the Vivaldi Park Snowy Land opening date for 2022? In 2022, Snowy Land has a soft opening from December 8th to 14th, where limited sledding hills are available. From the December 15th Grand Opening, all facilities, including the Tornado and Rafting sleds will be open.
3
What else is there to do at Vivaldi Park, besides sledding at Snowy Land. Along with sledding at Snowy Land, you can also ski and snowboard at Vivaldi Park. There are also hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants, cafes, and more on-site.
4
How much does it cost to visit Vivaldi Park Snowy Land? Regular prices for Vivaldi Park Snowyland range from 20,000 - 46,000 won, depending on your age and whether you visit on the weekend or during the week. However, there are many discounted promotional prices and packages available as well.

Is sledding at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land top of your winter in Korea bucket list?

Comments:

  • December 23, 2022

    wow, the place is huge and so much fun to be had!

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