2019 updates

The 2018/19 season was a late starter due to higher than usual November temperatures, and it’s continued to be a relatively mild winter (by Korean standards) since then. The mountains have had very little natural snowfall (pretty much none in the Seoul area resorts), and while they’re all doing a typically good job of grooming and keeping everything skiable there isn’t much base and we’re probably looking at an earlier than usual finish (late Feb to early March) unless February brings some heavy snowfall. Fingers crossed!

I was up at Phoenix Park last week and they were still hadn’t finished building the halfpipe even in late January – had a chat to the park crew who lamented the lack of snow this season. Welli Hilli Park have finished their halfpipe, but seem to be struggling to keep it groomed & open (the regular runs are obviously higher priority).

Personally I spent the first half of the season doing the rounds of the resorts to update the info & pictures on the site, and have bought a half-season pass for Welli Hilli Park which is where I’ll be spending my remaining ski days for this winter – broke my arm on one of the jumps there last season, so will take it easy in the terrain park this year! I also still need to get over and check out O2 Resort which has partially re-opened a few years after closing down – planning to do that next week. I also spent a fun day teaching a couple of friends, hadn’t coached anyone for years but they did pretty well:

Teaching friends at Welli Hilli Park

Teaching friends at Welli Hilli Park

Have been getting a few emails & comments already asking about closing dates, I’ll update this post with those when they start being announced in a few weeks – as always, give me a shout below if you have any questions.

Update: a few closing dates pencilled in now as follows. Jisan Forest Feb 23rd, Elysian Gangchon March 3rd, Bears Town early March (shuttle service ends on Feb 28th)

Doing the rounds:

High1 Resort

High1

Oak Valley

Oak Valley

View of Yongpyong from Alpensia

Nice view of Yongpyong from the top of Alpensia

Terrain park at Welli Hilli

Welli Hilli Park


4 comments on “2019 updates
  1. Hessa says:

    Hi,
    I will be in Seoul around end Feb and wondering should I still visit the Ski resort? Do you have any recommendation which one should I go? (I am ski noob)
    To be exact, I am looking at 27/28 Feb.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Will Wu says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the guide and information. Was just wondering whether any other closing dates were set for the ski resorts. Headed to Seoul 1st of March, would you have any recommendations?

    Kind Regards

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