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Yongpyong & Alpensia Ski Resorts/South Korea

Introducing Yongpyong & Alpensia Ski Resorts

With world-class facilities and lots of trees, YongPyong (033-335 5757; www.yongpyong.co.kr) is one of Asia’s best ski resorts. It only missed out on hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver by 56 votes to 53. The season runs from December to March and there are 31 slopes for skiers and snowboarders, plus mogul bumps, cross-country trails and two half-pipes.

A lifts-and-gondola day pass costs W56, 000/42, 000 (adult/child), while a day’s ski equipment rental is W25, 000/19, 000 (adult/child). Snowboards cost W33, 000 for half-day hire, while cross-country skiing (including skis and entry fee) costs W20, 000 and sledding W15, 000. Day-long ski classes (in English) for beginners are W45, 000/33, 000 (adult/child), but you need a group of 10. Package deals including transport and accommodation are offered with discounts outside the peak season.