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Offline Binneysk

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Skiing in SK
« on: November 11, 2010, 10:59:58 AM »
Hi does anyone know of good places to go skiing.
I'd like to use my two week contract renewal time to ski and would appreciate any help. 
Location is not an issue.
Thanks  :D

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010, 11:57:44 AM »
Phoenix Park has great conditions and its a wonderful facility. Look it up online!

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010, 12:09:09 PM »
Considered one of the best (if not the) in Korea. I have been there, it's not Colorado but pretty fun. Also, they offer special coupons frequently for big discounts.. ask a an oudoorsy korean friend about it.   http://www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/ski/overview.asp

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010, 12:25:00 PM »
If you have the money and really love skiing, I'd say skip over the pond, and go to Niseko in Japan. Best powder I've evers seen in the world! Check it out:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=385427&l=539c96f28f&id=514967680
(Yes, he's still standing... although on a bit of a lean, as it was a steep hill)

Although not the biggest nor best resorts, the skiing is great, and off piste is allowed.

This place is very friendly, and has decent packages:
http://www.niseko-backpacker.com/

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010, 12:28:35 PM »
Also try the High One Resort in Gohan/Sabuk (Gangwon-do)

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010, 12:33:48 PM »
Yea, I agree that Pheonix park and especially YongPyong are the best I've been to. But does anyone know of any parks in Southern south Korea? Gangwondo is pretty far away from Mokpo..
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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010, 12:35:22 PM »
I've heard that Muju in Jeollabukdo is worth a visit.
Never done so myself though...
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Offline Binneysk

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2010, 12:43:11 PM »
Thanks guys!

I've never been skiing before so am really in the dark as to how it all works.  I'd like to stay this end of the pond though, am going to Nepal over Christmas so won't have that big a budget.

I will check out all your suggestions.
Thanks again  :-*

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2010, 01:04:54 PM »
Well, after I had a class 5 people replied before I posted. I think I agree with all of them. Korea is a good place to learn...

Yongpyong and Muju Resort are usually thrown around as the two best. I've heard Hiwon is okay too, and there's a casino there. However, there are reasons that Korea isn't world famous as a ski destination. Conditions are usually not great and runs are not very long. A lot of foreigners liken the snow conditions to ice skating. Add to that the Koreans' lack of a concept of personal space, and you get traffic patterns and crowds on the slope that look like Seoul traffic. I love it when people fall over and decide to rest in the middle of the slope for a few minutes...just use 'em like slalom poles.

It's all good fun though. I already have a pass to the ski hill down the road, and I'm really looking forward to it. Just don't expect anything that approaches Tahoe, Whistler, the Alps or probably North Carolina...

In addition to coupons, there are a lot of credit card deals. I only have a couple cards, but every time I went last season, those couple got me like 40% off.

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2010, 01:20:11 PM »
what are the options closest to busan?

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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2010, 01:25:05 PM »
Yup, if you're in Mokpo, Muju's your best bet. There's busses directly there from Gwangju (and possibly M'po as well, but I'm not sure on that one).

It's not great, and unless you're lucky, the snow is usually icy, but it's got a couple of decent runs. If you're just learning, I'd stay away from the longest green run on the left side of the mountain (on the map)[EDIT: seems this run has been upgraded to a blue run]. It's all switchbacks and when icy, can be a bit daunting. Right side of the mountain is decent.

http://www.mujuresort.com/

For an idea of costs (not sure if they are this year, or last year's rates):
http://www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/52
« Last Edit: November 11, 2010, 01:28:28 PM by goulash »
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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2010, 01:30:11 PM »
For the two week thing, I'd definitely skip over to Japan no hesitation. As for Muju, I went last year a bit later in the season. As has been said, it was quite busy but worth the experience. Park looked small but had some good features. Corners got a bit icy and definitely lots of ppl sprawlin' everywhere. The old "alpine code of responsibility" isn't really in play so much. I'd liken snowboarding here to driving on your scooter in traffic, you just have to be very careful and you'll be fine haha and that and probably wear a helmet is a good call, too. If you're new to skiing, most of the folks skiing when I was at muju seemed to be also, so you won't be alone. That and they let you carry your board up which makes for a little less chaos around the sprawled out ppl at the top of the lift haha definitely go, i'm hoping to go a few times this year and hopefully check out phoenix park at some point too. happy ridin'!

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2010, 01:25:25 PM »
Hey.
I know High 1 is a little far from Mokpo but I've heard a lot of people say it's one of the better resorts in Korea. I've been ski-ing in a lot of places in Europe and it's not far off the quality of European resorts. Some of the runs are really long and if you are a beginner you can still ski at the top of the mountain on the beginner slopes. Once the high season begins a lot of the expert runs will be open too; there just hasn't been enough snow for the steeper runs to open yet but they look pretty decent. I think High 1 is the most modern resort and the casino and facilities are really good. It can get Icey sometimes but when there has been good day/night of snow is awesome.

Also there is a guy called Deokhwan Kim who does really good rates for ski/snowboard hire and lifts passes. You can find him on facebook. Try to going during the week or at night as the slopes are dead ;D


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Re: closest to Busan
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2010, 01:58:24 PM »
what are the options closest to busan?

Closest to Busan is Eden Valley (near Yangsan).
http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=658160
 Its not very good but occasionally its cheap.... And its fine for beginners, they have a nice long flat beginner run.

You can also get day trip bus packages from Busan-Muju, through a number of different companies.

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2010, 02:12:23 PM »
I went skiing at Jisan resort last week, but I didn't do so well..anyhow it is a nice place. I wrote about my experience here:

http://cocoinkorea.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/stuck-in-the-snow/

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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2010, 09:59:21 AM »
Muju Resort is pretty nice if you are looking for a long run.  I believe the longest is 6 odd Km.  Conditions are usually icy on the bunny slopes due to the use of snow machines.  Beginners should seriously consider getting some padded pants.  If you a renting a board, be aware the boards they rent are not at all suited for icy conditions and you will have a difficult time remaining up right.

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Re: Skiing in SK
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2010, 10:41:33 AM »
Are there shops selling padded pants and stuff at these places?

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« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2010, 10:50:54 AM »
You may be able to hire them at the resort.  Buying at ski resorts is overly expensive.  Perhaps the nearby township on the way up the mountain can abide.