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 just as easy to access as Bears Town Resort in Gyeonggi-do province (in fact, from most of Seoul it’s actually easier, as the shuttle leaves from Myeongdong, plus there’s no walk at the end). 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 (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 (by skiers & boarders, anyway)
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, except for the noteable exception of one of Korea’s few halfpipes.
There’s no terrain park though, so the only freestyle option is the halfpipe; if you’re looking for the closest halfpipe to Seoul, this is it.
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.
Learners & low intermediates.
Has a halfpipe (one of only three in Korea, and the closest to Seoul)
Open until 5am(!)
Vivaldi Park is not so good for:
Riding park, because it doesn’t have one.
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 here
Most visitors will probably want to stay in Seoul and take 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
Take the free shuttle bus; it goes from Euljiro Il-ga Station (Line 2) near Myeongdong, and you just need to make a reservation on their website. The bus leaves at 10am and returns at 6pm, and takes about 90 minutes; see their site for full details here (you can also board at Hongdae Station and Samseong Station)
There are also direct highway buses from Dong Seoul Bus Station next to Line 2’s Gangbyeon Station. This was the timetable in the 2016/17 season (click to enlarge):
Left column is Dong Seoul to Vivaldi Park, right column is the reverse. Adult price listed as 6,800 won. Obviously, these details are subject to change so double-check beforehand (usefully they’re also given on Vivaldi Park’s site here, at the bottom of the page)
There are also local resort shuttles from Obin Station and Yongmun Station, both on Seoul Metro’s Jungang Line (Yongmun is the easternmost stop of the Seoul Metro):
Obin in red, Yongmun in blue; in both cases, bus to Vivaldi is the left column, return bus is the right column (click to enlarge)
Furthermore, there’s a paid shuttle from the city of Chuncheon (click to enlarge):
2,800 won, 40 minutes, departure times from Chuncheon on the left, return times on the right.
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!
There are also shuttles from the nearby town of Hongcheon (click to enlarge):
Vivaldi Park has typically large and well-catered base facilities:
As well as this very random statue at the top of the gondola:
Any questions about Vivaldi Park? Leave a comment below! (but don’t ask about that statue – I have no idea!)