Last Saturday was my last time hitting the show for this season. Two foreigners and I went to a ski resortcalled Yangji Pine Resort close to Suwon for the afternoon. Pine Resort is described in one sentence on the website as: “Yangji Pine Ski Valley of 90-acre scale has 6 lifts supporting 7 slopes from gentle to steep, state-of-art automatic snow-making and snow-tiding facilities for comfortable skiing and maintaining best snow condition, and each slope is equipped with light for the safety of skiers and for enjoying extraordinary charms of night skiing.” That is one long sentence! Keep in mind that I went on the last weekend of the season, so my experience isn’t based on the best of conditions.
First, Pine Resort is very close to Suwon. We drove there in about 30 minutes. Apparently you can take a taxi from Suwon (I’m guessing the Yeongtong-dong area) to Pine Resort for around 20 000won. So if you need a snow fix, it’s reasonable option. Because we went on the last weekend, we got a deal on our lift pass and rental. For the afternoon, it cost us 28 000won.
On the plus side, we went on a beautiful sunny day, on the negative side, the sun melted most of the snow and half the mountain was closed. The rain we got two days before didn’t exactly help either.There was only one lift open when we went with 3 available runs. The longest run took around 1 to 2 minutes (I’m guessing). This isn’t an epic hill by any stretch of the imagination. However, apparently the snow is on top of a golf course, so there are few spots (tee offs) with natural jumps. These jumps were fun enough to give us a good fun afternoon outside on the hill. Personally, I think this hill would be great if you like to hit up the snow park. Apparently, there is a good snow park on the side that was closed. If you’re going to live in Suwon (around Youngtown-dong) and you can’t go the week without doing rails and stuff, this might be a good option for you. All you’d need is to hook up with a few other park-monkeys, pick up a season pass and you could share the taxi fare. I think that would be a good idea.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s it for this year’s Korean ski resort reviews! I hope they were helpful!