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


14 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

  7. Susan says:

    There appears to be a new hotel at Jeongseon – the Park Roche.

    We will be attending the Paralympics and have 4 consecutive days at the mountain cluster events. We are currently booked at YongPyong resort which is convenient to Alpensia. However 3 of our 4 events are at Jeongseon and only 1 is at Alpensia. So would be convenient to stay at the Park Roche (I think – trying to confirm it is actually AT the venue as opposed to NEAR the venue but not walkable)

    BTW we will arriving the morning of our first event on the train with our suitcases so have to drop them off at the hotel before going to our event so obviously would be more convenient if the hotel was at the event. Having to go from train station to YongPyong hotel to drop off stuff and then to Jeongseon for the event is a pain compared to just going to Jeongseon directly. Also, not sure if shuttles will run from YongPyong during Paralympics as it is not a venue for those Games.

    Questions:
    1. Will Yongpyong have shuttles during Paraympics
    2. Is Park Roche at the actual venue for alpine events
    3. Any recommendation re the hotel? It looks very nice but I also thought it might be a bit isolated (note it is more expensive than Yongpyong)

    Thank you

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Susan,

      So there does, good spot! I was wondering what all the big buildings were at the base of Jeongseon Alpine Centre – given that they’re not keeping it as a ski resort in future I figured it seemed unlikely they’d build a hotel there, but there it is. Thanks for pointing its existence out to me!

      To answer your questions:

      1. Sorry, I’m still trying to work this out. I’m heading to Pyeongchang & Gangneung again over the next few days, so hopefully can find someone with a concrete answer to this (and various other questions!)
      2. Yes it appears to be right at the base of the mountain. From what I understand of the set up for events at Jeongseon, after you go through security and enter the venue you then ride a chairlift up to the spectator area. The hotel looks to be about 500m from the venue entrance. So, looks like it’s maybe about an 8-minute walk, then security check, then chairlift and you’re in the stands.
      3. It does look nice, and yes it’s definitely very isolated. That’s a trade off you’ll make if you stay there – convenient for the events, but not for anything else. I’ve just checked and found it’s presently available at 68% discount here, so if you want to stay there you might want to jump on that!

      Hope this helps, and let me know what you end up doing. Cheers!

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