The Biggest Ski Resort in Korea

If you’re wondering what the biggest ski resort in Korea is, by most measurements it’s Yongpyong – though if you’re talking about vertical drop, Muju Deogyusan is the top dog (until Jeongseon Alpine Centre opens, anyway). High1 isn’t far behind, but then the rest of Korea’s ski resorts are significantly smaller.

While putting this site together, I tried in vain to dig up all the stats for ski area size, but only a handful of resorts provide that information; also, even when they do it’s not always clear if they’re giving the area of the slopes themselves, or the entire area within the ski area’s external boundary (even though most of that is unrideable forest – forget going off-piste in Korea!).

So I started comparing them on Google Maps, and that formed the idea for this post – displaying the sizes of all Korea’s ski resorts side-by-side using the satellite view in Google Maps! No stats or figures here; just a visual comparison of how much area they all cover, also allowing you to see how much of that area is actually rideable.

Here they all are, shown at the same scale, in (roughly) descending order (click resort names for individual reviews):

Yongpyong

Satellite view of Yongpyong ski resort, Korea

High1

Satellite view of High1 ski resort, Korea

Muju Deogyusan

Satellite view of Muju Deogyusan ski resort, Korea

Jeongseon Alpine Centre (still a construction site at the time this image was taken, but clearly showing the piste layout)

Satellite view of Jeongseon Alpine Centre, Korea

Phoenix Park

Satellite view of Phoenix Park ski resort, Korea

Welli Hilli Park

Satellite view of Welli Hilli Park ski resort, Korea

Vivaldi Park

Satellite view of Vivaldi Park ski resort, Korea

Oak Valley

Satellite view of Oak Valley ski resort, Korea

Bears Town Resort

Satellite view of Bears Town ski resort, Korea

Konjiam

Satellite view of Konjiam ski resort, Korea

Elysian Gangchon

Satellite view of Elysian Gangchon ski resort, Korea

Eden Valley

Satellite view of Eden Valley ski resort, Korea

Jisan Forest Resort

Satellite view of Jisan Forest ski resort, Korea

Alpensia

Satellite view of the ski slopes at Alpensia Resort, Korea

Yangji Pine Resort

Satellite view of Yangji Pine ski resort, Korea

Star Hill

Satellite view of Star Hill ski resort, Korea

(For the locations of all these resorts, see the map here)

So there you go, that’s what they all look like from space! Should give you some idea what to expect, but if you’re trying to decide where to ride in Korea, of course size isn’t everything – you may want to consider freestyle options, halfpipe availability, quality of the downhill ski terrain, travel time from Seoul, and so on – so here’s a list of the best ski resorts in Korea according to various criteria.

Also, as the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics will disrupt usual operations at the various host mountains, here’s a list of the best Korean hills to visit during the Winter Olympics

And just in case you’re wondering how the Korean ski resorts compare to some of the big boys internationally, here’s Yongpyong, Whistler (Canada), and Mayrhofen (Austria), all shown at the same scale:

Satellite view terrain map of Yongpyong

Satellite view terrain map of Whistler

Satellite view terrain map of Mayrhofen

So as you can see, the biggest ski resort in Korea is significantly smaller than the biggest in Canada and one of the biggest in Austria; I haven’t even compared it to the world’s biggest resorts like Les Portes du Soleil (in France / Switzerland) because I couldn’t fit them in a screenshot without zooming out so far you can’t make anything out!

But the likes of Korea’s Yongpyong and High1 do compare favourably for size with, say, Cypress Mountain (Vancouver) and Cardrona (Queenstown / Wanaka) – which is to say, respectable!

And that should give you an idea of how big Korea’s ski resorts are!

Any comments or questions? Give me a shout below!

For the full list of reviews for every resort above, see here

Also check out the best Korean ski resorts according to various criteria, and if you’re visiting before/during the Olympics, see the top 5 hills to ski at during Pyeongchang 2018; for more information and the latest updates on Pyeongchang 2018 see here, and for the lowdown on accommodation options for the Olympics see here

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