Pyeongchang Olympics October 2017 Update

The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic halfpipe at Phoenix Park

The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics are now only 4 months away, but many would-be visitors are still in two minds about coming due to uncertainties over accommodation and transportation. It does look like a majority of visitors will be staying in Seoul and travelling on the new KTX bullet train to the Olympic venues, but recent announcements regarding the KTX mean this should work out fine.

Pyeongchang 2018 Accommodation

Most hotels are now booked out in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Donghae, and Wonju. Sokcho still has some availability, and Seoul has plenty. See here for a full guide on where to stay

Pyeongchang 2018 Transportation

Korail has announced a Pyeongchang Rail Pass for the Olympics; this is key for anyone staying in Seoul and making repeated round trips on the new KTX train to the venues. Details here

Standing room will be available on the KTX, easing worries about capacity

Yongpyong, Alpensia, and Phoenix Park have all confirmed they’ll have shuttle buses from their nearest KTX stations for guests and skiers throughout the season (Olympic events venues will be accessed by separate shuttle buses for ticket holders only)

For full details on the new train line see here

Olympic Host Resort Closures

Alpensia have now confirmed they won’t be opening at all for skiing this winter (sledding will be available though). This completes the season schedules for the ski hills at the host resorts, as follows:

Yongpyong open all season, but with the Rainbow and Silver areas (gondola included) closed off

Phoenix Park open until January 10th, 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 closed

(For the best places to actually do some skiing yourself during the Olympic season, see here)

Any questions? Leave a comment below!

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7 comments on “Pyeongchang Olympics October 2017 Update
  1. Pierre says:

    Hi – very helpful website thank you very much for putting all of this together!
    We did well by booking early and have got accomodation in a pension near Jinbu-Myeon, where I believe there is a KTX station.
    I am however worried about the transportation between the pension and the KTX station, even though c.4-5 miles away only. Do you expect to see taxis available?
    Also if we have tickets for an event every day, am I correct in thinking we’ll have access to shuttles everyday and therefore do not need a KTX weekly pass?
    Thank you so much in advance for your thoughts.

    • snorton says:

      Hi Pierre, thanks for reading & commenting!

      You’ve done very well to get somewhere in Jinbu, you’re in pretty much the perfect spot by the sound of it. Yes I’d imagine there’ll be plenty of taxis at the Jinbu KTX station (though demand might be pretty high so you may have to wait a while). For taxis from your pension to the station, I’d guess you’ll need to call one to come & pick you up – get hold of the local taxi firm’s numbers when you arrive.

      And yes you’re right, there’ll be shuttles from the KTX stations to the events. For events at Alpensia & Yongpyong, you can take the shuttles from Jinbu Station. For events at Phoenix Park I think you’ll need to ride the KTX one stop to Pyeongchang Station then take the shuttle from there; likewise for Coastal Cluster events I think you’ll need to take the KTX one stop to Gangneung then take a shuttle from the station there… as these are only 1-stop journeys they won’t cost much, so no you won’t need a KTX pass. Also there may possibly turn out to be free shuttle buses available between the clusters, though this isn’t clear right now.

      Hope this helps,band if you have any further questions feel free!

  2. cat says:

    Would alpensia be open for skiing in december 2017?

    • snorton says:

      Hi Cat,

      No, I’m afraid Alpensia’s ski slopes won’t be open in December. They’re not offering any skiing at all for the 2017/18 season; tobogganing will still be available, but that’s all.

      Yongpyong will be open in December though, so if you’ve got accommodation booked at Alpensia you can ski at Yongpyong. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  3. Iman says:

    Hi there, would Phoenix park be open during end december?

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