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Introducing Yongpyong & Alpensia Ski Resorts

The alpine venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang county, Yongpyong is one of Northeast Asia’s better ski resorts, though to many foreign travellers it will seem the size of a molehill. The surrounding buildings manage to be charming without being kitschy, and on a clear day it’s possible to glimpse the East Sea from the slopes.

With an average of 250cm of snow, the season runs from November to March and there are 31 slopes for skiers and snowboarders, plus mogul bumps, cross-country trails and two half-pipes. It also hosts an International Ski Festival in February. A lifts-and-gondola day pass costs ₩72,000/55,000 (adult/child), while a day’s ski equipment rental is ₩26,000/20,000 (adult/child). Snowboards cost ₩34,000 for daytime hire. Four-hour ski classes (in English) for a group of 10 are ₩55,000/44,000 (per adult/child).

The main venue for the Winter Games will be Alpensia, hosting the ceremonies, as well as ski jumping, luge and other sports. It’s a good place for family skiing and kids who are learning to ski, and there’s an area reserved for snowboarders. Alpensia is about a 10-minute drive from Yongpyong, and is very small, with only six runs and no expert trails. Prices (adult/child) for lift tickets are ₩65,000/48,000, ski rental ₩26,000/20,000 and board rental ₩30,000/23,000.