Jeongseon Alpine Centre

Satellite view of Jeongseon Alpine Centre

Satellite view of the Jeongseon Alpine Centre construction site

In order to qualify as a Winter Olympic host resort/city, the venues must meet the minimum requirements for each event. In Pyeongchang’s case a long-term plan to bid for the Games was initiated in 2003, which saw the construction of Alpensia Resort (completed in 2011) to include most of the required infrastructure, most notably the ski jump tower and bobsleigh track.

However, at the time of bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics, one key piece of winter sports infrastructure was still absent from Pyeongchang – and, indeed, the whole of Korea – namely, a ski slope meeting the minimum requirement of at least 800m vertical drop stipulated for the Men’s Alpine Downhill.

The Pyeongchang 2018 bid therefore had to include the construction of a purpose-built ski hill, and the result is the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Although not actually in Pyeongchang County (it’s in the neighbouring county of Jeongseon), the Jeongseon Alpine Centre will host the Downhill, Super-G, and Combined events of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Construction started in 2014 and will be complete in late 2017; Jeongseon Alpine Centre was officially inaugurated in 2016 and hosted several World Cup events in the 2016/17 season.

The vertical drop of 825m is the greatest in Korea, with a steeper overall gradient than any other Korean resort; once open to the regular skiing public, this brand new resort is set to be the single best piece of downhill ski terrain in Korea and will represent the main legacy of Pyeongchang 2018 (along with, arguably, the Gangneung KTX bullet train line, though that was already planned).

Jeongseon will be the 4th-largest ski hill in Korea overall, and the best option for advanced skiers looking for some more challenging downhill terrain; it’s unclear at this time if there are any plans to include freestyle offerings in future.

For more information see the Jeongseon page on the official Pyeongchang 2018 site here, and the Wikipedia page here.

How to get to Jeongseon Alpine Centre

For Pyeongchang 2018, shuttle buses will ferry spectators from Jinbu Station on the soon-to-open Gangneung KTX (and from elsewhere in Pyeongchang) to Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Presumably, a similar arrangement will do the same for customers in the future (this page will be updated as and when these details become clear)

Any questions about Jeongseon Alpine Centre? Leave a comment below!

For more Gangwon-do resorts, see here; for full reviews of every Korean ski resort, see here

Also check out the best Korean ski resorts according to various criteria, and this size comparison of Korea’s ski resorts using satellite imagery

If you’re visiting before/during the Olympics, see the top 5 hills to ski at during Pyeongchang 2018, and for more information and the latest updates on Pyeongchang 2018 see here

2 comments on “Jeongseon Alpine Centre
  1. guwinster says:

    Do you know if there are any plans to expand Jeongseon after the Olympics?

    I understand that Jeongseon will have the best vert once it opens. However, it looks like it is really just two full lines, with an additional two sub-pistes in the mountain’s midsection. The truck/snow mobile access (the meandering skinny line going from top to bottom) would be pretty fun to cruise, especially for less advanced skiers/boarders. However, if they actually open that up in season, you wouldn’t be able to let loose going down the Olympic runs because you’d constantly be getting crossed by beginners/slower skiers/boarders.

    I point all this out, because even with Jeongseon’s vert, Yongpyong will probably still be the overall better resort for intermediate and advanced skiers/boarders. Yongpyong has several good, almost technical, “rainbow” runs that are normally completely uninhabited and the “gold” runs provide some decent variety while also avoiding the bulk of the crowds. You add the “gold” and the “rainbow” together and Yongpyong has more going for it before you even include the crowded “red” and “silver” runs.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi mate, good question & good points!

      I’m not sure if they’re going to expand it, and yeah I agree with what you’ve said judging from the aerial view. However, I recently saw a video (drone footage) of the runs (they were used for a World Cup event last season, as Jeongseon’s official inauguration) and it looked better than I expected (unfortunately I don’t have a link, it was on Twitter some time ago).

      While I’m sure you’re right that without further expansion it will lack the variety on offer at Yongpyong (or High1), I’m also pretty sure that the runs that are there will be better (more technical, more challenging) than any individual runs at Yongpyong.

      Anyway, I’m looking forward to finding out for myself next season!

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