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 was finished 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; however, the skiing public won’t ever get to ride it as organisers have committed to return the area to its natural state following the Games due to environmental concerns – although it seems this isn’t technically possible, as it’s one of Korea’s last areas of virgin forest but tens of thousands of trees were removed. In any case, the ski slopes at Jeongseon will be abandoned after the Olympics & Paralympics are over.

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 new Gangneung KTX) to Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

You can see the shuttle bus system here (scroll down); shuttle TS1 runs between Jinbu Station & Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

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


12 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 again, since you posted your comment I’ve learned that Jeongseon is to be dismantled immediately after the Olympics, due to protests over the environmental impact on an area of virgin forest. I’ve updated the info on this page accordingly

  2. Alina says:

    Hi there,
    So I am right to think Gangneung KTX bullet train will be included in 5/7 day passes to Olympic Park during Olympic Park for spectators? Or will it be separate ticket?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Alina, you mean the 5/7 day Pyeongchang Pass, right? Yes, the Gangneung KTX is included if you buy the Pyeongchang Pass. If you’re attending an event at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, take the KTX to Jinbu Station, then the free shuttle bus to the event.

      Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any more questions!

  3. Steven Go says:

    will I need to buy a Korail ticket if we a staying in Gangneung and going to some ski / snowboard events?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Steven,

      Yes, you will. If you’re going to an event at Bokwang Phoenix Park, you need to ride the KTX to Pyeongchang Station (2 stops). For events at the other 3 resorts (Alpensia, Yongpyong, and Jeongseon) you need to ride the KTX to Jinbu Station (1 stop).

      Hope this helps, and have a great trip!

      Update: it’s also possible to get to the events just using the shuttle buses (as shown here), though this will take longer.

  4. Leanna says:

    Hi,
    Does anyone know if there are dining facilities open for breakfast at the Jeongsan Alpine Center during the Olympics? We have an EARLY morning train from Seoul to Jinbu for Men’s Downhill; was hoping to eat onsite at the Alpine Center before the event.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Leanna, I’m sorry I have absolutely no idea if there are dining facilities at Jeongseon. If you’re unable to confirm about that, you can always take breakfast on the train and eat en route

  5. Rufus Alcott says:

    Hi,

    During the Paralympics, when will the following supporter transits be open please?

    WHAT TIME DO THE FOLLOWING ROUTES RUN ON WHICH DAYS?
    From To
    TS1 Jinbu jeongseon
    TS4 Alpensia Jinbu
    TS8 Alpensia Pyeongchang Olympic Park
    TS7 Pyeongchang Olympic Park Alpensia
    TS30 Pyeongchang Olympic Park Jinbu

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Rufus,

      The shuttle buses are scheduled to operate each day from 3 hours before the start of the day’s first event, until 2 hours after the end of the last event.

  6. Rainer Fuchsluger says:

    Hi, what are your recommended accommodations if I would like to watch the Alpine skiing competitions at Jeongseon Alpine centre only, Feb 15-22.

    Thank you

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Rainer,

      In terms of travel logistics, it’d be best to be near Jinbu Station (from where you take the shuttle to Jeongseon Alpine Centre, 25 mins). Or you could stay in Daegwallyeong (which is the small town near the Alpensia venues), which would require an additional 20-minute shuttle bus (changing at Jinbu Station) but be better in terms of facilities & atmosphere. Here’s a link to see hotels in the Jinbu/Daegwallyeong area on Hotels.com

      If you’d rather be in the city, you could stay in Gangneung (see hotels in Gangneung) and use the KTX train to Jinbu Station to switch to the shuttle.

      Let me know if you have any more questions

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