Season Opening Dates
The 2017/8 season is now almost in full swing with most resorts having opened in the second half of November and the last few hills near Seoul & in the south opening in early December.
Visiting Seoul in Winter
Check out the Snow Guide Korea guide to visiting Seoul in winter!
Pyeongchang 2018 Accommodation
Most hotels are now booked out in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Donghae, and Wonju; those that are still available are at steeply inflated prices. Sokcho still has some availability, and Seoul has plenty.
There’s still loads of availability on Airbnb, but also at jacked up prices near the venues. For those still looking, Yangpyeong (between Seoul & Wonju) could be a good base with 15 trains per day each way.
See here for a full guide on where to stay
Pyeongchang 2018 Transportation
Ok, so I know a lot of people out there have been finding the lack of information very frustrating, but we do now finally have a clear picture of the transportation situation. The new KTX line to Pyeongchang & Gangneung starts service on December 22nd, and you can see the full schedule here (pages 5 & 6 for the Olympic dates, and page 9 for the Paralympic dates); the Korail site has also been updated to show the new stations, so you can now search & book online here (reservations can be made 30 days in advance, extended to 60 days for the Olympics – recommended to do so ASAP if you want to have a seat!)
Last month Korail announced a Pyeongchang Rail Pass for the Olympics; this is key for anyone staying in Seoul and making repeated round trips by KTX to the venues. You can buy this pass until January 31st, details here
For full details on the new train line see here
Olympic Host Resort Closures
Alpensia won’t be open at all for skiing this winter (sledding will be available though). The season schedules for the ski hills at the host resorts are as follows:
Yongpyong open all season, but with the Rainbow and Silver areas (gondola included) closed off
Phoenix Park open until January 20th, with Phoenix Peak closed off but most of Mont Blanc (the main hill) open bar the boardercross and halfpipe.
Alpensia closed (but with sledding available)
Jeongseon opens to the general public in late 2018
(For the best places to actually do some skiing yourself during the Olympic season, see here)
Any questions? Leave a comment below!