New season updates

Well, it’s that time of year again when the leaves turn red and I start getting loads of messages asking when the ski resorts are opening! Before the bad news, here’s a pretty autumn picture (for the best autumn colour spots in Seoul see here):

Autumn leaves at the palace in Seoul

But the bad news is that even though it’s already November, temperatures are still as high as 20 degrees Celsius in the afternoons (it was 17 today), and still above freezing overnight. Which means the resorts are nowhere near opening; they haven’t been able to make any snow yet, and temperatures aren’t predicted to drop much in the next week so basically there’s pretty much no chance of the resorts opening on schedule. November 16th was the target date for the earliest resorts, but I think we’re looking at late November at best just to get the first few runs open.

I’ll post opening dates here once we know what they are.

Update: Alpensia has announced they’ll open on Friday 22nd. Yongpyong, Phoenix Park, and High1 are likely to open the same weekend, though not confirmed yet. Probably Welli Hilli & Vivaldi too. Seoul area resorts usually open 1 or 2 weeks later. Note that if you go on opening weekend, it will suck but be very cheap; Alpensia’s selling tickets for 10k won for opening day.

Update: amazingly, Yongpyong managed to open on the 15th, see announcement here (also with tickets for just 10k won) and check out their live webcam here. Only one short lift & slope open though, with a thin covering of machine-made snow, so don’t expect too much if you go at this stage. Phoenix Park also opened on the 15th.

New Vivaldi bus route: one good thing I can report is an additional shuttle bus route to Vivaldi Park from Seoul Station. It originates from Hongdae at 9:30, then makes stops at Seoul Station at 10:00 and Konkuk University Station at 10:30 (in addition to the buses leaving Hongdae at 7:30 & 8:30 which stop at Myeongdong). These buses are free for overseas visitors, details here

Any questions, give me a shout below and I’ll get back to you

2 comments on “New season updates
  1. Tan says:

    Hi there, thanks for starting this page. Have been waiting anxiously to know if Vivaldi will open on 1st Dec, since that’s the very last day of my 7-Day Seoul trip to keep it for skiing. Will you know already or will have to check back again every few days? Thanks in advance. What type of crowd will descend and expected weather forecast that Sunday is looking like?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Tan, yes it looks like they’ll be open, the resorts have managed to make enough snow in the last few days to be able to open on schedule. Quite surprising, but good news. Looks like that Sunday will be sunny & not so cold, the snow conditions probably won’t be so great but it should be a nice day. I expect it’ll be quite busy

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