Although Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park is located in Gangwon-do province, it’s only just across the provincial boundary and the direct shuttle buses take 90 minutes from Seoul so it’s very convenient to visit – Vivaldi Park is also the largest hill you can hit using free shuttle buses from Seoul, as there’s a free shuttle bus service specifically for foreign visitors (the shuttle leaves from Myeongdong, so if you’re staying there it’s actually easier to go to Vivaldi than one of the closer resorts. See below for details)
Vivaldi Park is the flagship resort of the Daemyung leisure resort group, and is pretty much the textbook example of the typical ski resort business model in Korea; a huge hotel, condo & mall development nestled in the mountains, with a golf course, a water park (Ocean World, apparently modelled on Ancient Egypt for some reason), and the ski area all attached. The whole thing is officially called Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park, but it’s generally referred to simply as Vivaldi Park.
Vivaldi Park: the hill
Size-wise, the ski area is middling by Korean standards; significantly smaller than the main Gangwon-do resorts further east in Pyeongchang / Taebaek, but larger than the local Seoul hills, it offers a good balance between ease of access and standard of resort. The base facilities are excellent, and the lift system very impressive for such a modest scale resort – it has what must be the most gratuitous gondola this author has yet seen! (surely more valuable for the uplift capacity it provides than anything to do with terrain access)
In addition to the gondola which takes you from base to top in excessive comfort, the main chairlift does exactly the same route (but without needing to unstrap & enter the building), and a few other chairs go partway up. In other words, there’s one base area and one top station, and you have half a dozen routes down.
It’s pretty easygoing terrain with mostly gentle gradients, so Vivaldi Park is a good hill for beginners and low intermediates; it has little to offer for upper intermediates and more advanced riders,
apart from the notable exception of one of Korea’s few halfpipes. Update: the halfpipe was taken out in 2018, the closest halfpipe to Seoul is now the one at Welli Hilli Park. There’s also no terrain park at Vivaldi; if you’re after some decent kickers & rails near Seoul head to Jisan Forest Resort, or for more serious park riding head out to Phoenix Park or Welli Hilli.
Vivaldi Park is good for:
Access. It’s the most convenient Gangwon-do hill (along with Elysian) and the only Gangwon-do hill with a free tourist shuttle bus. Update: Oak Valley has a free shuttle now too, and has a (modest) terrain park so is a better option for freestyle riders.
Learners & low intermediates.
Non-skiers, who can visit Snowy Land (accessed via its own dedicated gondola) for sledding and various other activities.
Open until 5am(!)
Vivaldi Park is not so good for:
Freestyle; there’s no park or pipe.
Crowds – this place is busy. Weekends and holidays should be avoided.
Vivaldi Park lift tickets
Although it doesn’t quite have the fully flexible ticketing on offer at Konjiam and Elysian Gangchon, Vivaldi Park has a more flexible system than most Korean ski resorts, with a wide range of time slots available as listed here, with prices ranging from 55,000 won (for 5 hours starting at midnight) to 88,000 for 8.5 hours.
They have the standard 90-minute snow grooming break, at 5pm, but apart from that they’re open from 8:30am to a pretty amazing 5am i.e. 19 hours a day!
Vivaldi Park: accommodation
Vivaldi Park has a huge resort development at the base with several condo towers surrounded by the ski slopes, golf course, and water park. You can search and book their rooms on their homepage or here, also check here. If you also need to rent equipment & wear, it usually works out best to book a package including everything, see here.
Many visitors prefer to stay in Seoul and take a day trip using the free tourist shuttle bus to Vivaldi Park from Myeongdong (see below for access details); for the best rates, search Agoda for hotel deals in Seoul
Airbnb is also a great choice for Seoul – hosts usually have it set up so you can arrive & check in by yourself without having to wait around or meet anyone, and the housing standards are decent with underfloor heating and excellent internet connections as standard. If you haven’t used Airbnb before, you can get a 35-dollar discount off your first rental by signing up through Snow Guide Korea; simply click on this link and register
How to get to Vivaldi Park
If you want to ski and need to rent all the wear & equipment, it works out cheapest to book a package including all that plus transportation, see here (1-day) and here (2D1N). They can also arrange direct private airport transfers.
To get there independently from downtown Seoul simply take the free tourist shuttle bus; you just need to make a reservation on their website (at least 2 days in advance). There are 3 buses per day, departing from Hongdae at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30; the first two stop at Myeongdong (8:00 and 9:00, plus a pickup from CALT (Coex Mall) in Gangnam at 8:30 only) and the third stops at Seoul Station (10:00) and Konkuk University Station (10:30), taking 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending where you board. The buses return to the same destinations at 6pm; for full details & to make reservations see here.
Although poorly photographed here, there’s some nice scenery on the shuttle bus ride (best views if you sit on the right):
Shuttle bus passengers are offered some good discount packages, they give you the info on the bus:
Vivaldi also has local (paid) shuttle buses from Yangpyeong Station on the Gangneung KTX and Seoul Metro’s Gyeongui-Jungang Line, the nearby city of Chuncheon, and the local town Hongcheon:
These last few shuttle bus options are unlikely to be of use to most visitors, but should you happen to be based in those areas it means you don’t have to go all the way into Seoul only to come all the way back out in almost the same direction!
Vivaldi Park has typically large and well-catered base facilities:
As well as this very random statue at the top of the gondola (as of 2019 it’s not there anymore, no idea where it went):
Any questions about Vivaldi Park? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.