Vivaldi Park Ski World

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 e.g. 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)

The halfpipe at Vivaldi Park Resort

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

Mountain stats
Highest lifted point: 565m
Lowest skiable point: 295m
Vertical drop: 270m
Lifts: 9
Runs: 12
Longest run: 1.6km (‘Classic’ > ‘Jazz’)
Terrain park: no
Halfpipe: yes

Homepage and piste map

Vivaldi Park piste map

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)

Ski slopes at Vivaldi Park Resort

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.

Ski slopes at Vivaldi Park

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)

Scenery on the route to Vivaldi Park

Although poorly photographed here, there’s some nice scenery on the shuttle bus ride

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):

Vivaldi Park shuttle bus schedule

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):

Vivaldi Park bus schedule

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):

Vivaldi Park bus schedule

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 bus schedule

Vivaldi Park has typically large and well-catered base facilities:

Vivaldi Park cafeteria

As well as this very random statue at the top of the gondola:

Statue at the top gondola station of Vivaldi Park ski resort

Any questions about Vivaldi Park? Leave a comment below! (but don’t ask about that statue – I have no idea!)

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


45 comments on “Vivaldi Park Ski World
  1. hidayah says:

    Hi! For the express bus from Vivaldi to Dongseoul bus terminal at 2pm, how do I get the tickets and would the staff there be able to converse in simple english? As I cannot speak korean

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi, there’s a little office at the bus stop area where you can buy tickets (if they’re closed for some reason you’ll be able to pay the driver directly). And yes don’t worry about communicating, the staff understand enough English for you to buy the right ticket.

      Have a great trip!

  2. Will says:

    Is there any other accommodations with easy access to the slopes?

    You only mentioned the park’s condos, and as you indicated, it’s on the pricier side.

    I would really like to enjoy the resort for at least 2 days, rather than the day trip from Seoul.
    Thanks a bunch.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Will, there are a bunch of places nearby in Hongcheon, but none of them are quite easy slope access – you’d need to take a taxi (or there may perhaps be a local bus). At the actual resort, it really is just a purpose-built mega resort standing there with nothing else in the immediate vicinity. You can search here for places in Hongcheon. Another option you might want to consider is High1, it’s further away but the town of Gohan has a good range of accommodation close to the resort (there are regular shuttle buses from town up to the slopes)

  3. Fatima says:

    Hi, i am from Malaysia. I am planning to visit korea on February. Is there still snow? Is vivaldi park still open for skii?

  4. Vanessa says:

    Hi Simon, thanks for all the information you have put up. How may I check if Vivaldi or other resorts will be open around 18-23 March? Am hoping for some Spring skiing. Also, is it possible to organise an English ski lesson for my 5 year old ahead of arriving?

    Thanks alot!
    Vanessa

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Vanessa, hard to say in Vivaldi’s case, that tends to be around the time they close. Same for Welli Hilli Park; they won’t announce their closing dates until closer to the time, as it depends on weather conditions between now & then. At this stage the only 2 resorts I can 100% confidently say will be open in late March are Yongpyong and High1. As for booking a lesson in advance, you’d need to contact the resorts directly to enquire (or book a package trip with lessons included). Please be aware that 5 years old is too young for lessons at many ski resorts – again, you’ll need to enquire to each resort directly for a definite answer on that. (if they say no, you can go snow sledding instead)

  5. Azhar says:

    Hi! Im from malaysia, planning to go to Snowy land vivaldi on 2 feb, may i know how much is the price? Do we need to rent the equipment? And for kids age 2 years old, do we need to pay for the ticket? Hope to hear from u soon. Tq

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Azhar,

      See the ‘lift tickets’ section on this page for information about prices.

      Yes, you’ll need to rent any equipment you don’t have.

      What are you planning to do there? Can you already ski, or do you want to take skiing lessons? Because I’m afraid 2 years old is too young for lessons.

  6. Sara says:

    Hi. I’m planning to visit the vivaldi ski park next week. Do you recommend me to get the tickets on the spot or shall I better go with travel groups? Thanks 🙂

  7. Mei says:

    Hi,
    What’s the difference between the cable car and the sky lift? Is sky lift pass unlimited? Why cable car ticket is more expensive than sky lift if it takes you the same route?

  8. Hatsumi says:

    Do you know how much fee for gondola ride only?

  9. Vanessa says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you knew if I could rent equipment/clothes on the spot, I don’t know where to reserve equipment, thank you!

  10. Aini says:

    Hello,
    I am visiting Vivaldi Park on 28/2/2018. May i know how much is the entrance fees for ski park in winter? I don’t want to ski just want to play with the snow.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Aini, there aren’t any entrance fees. If you just want to walk around on the snow, take some pics etc, you can do that without a ticket

  11. Syed says:

    Hi..im planning to visit a ski resort for a day trip. Going with my kids age 9,6 and 4. Would vivaldi be good for us? Is there any ski sled for rental and convenient places for children to play in vivaldi? For entrance is it better to book online with the packages or just walk in to the resort and select the packages. In terms of prices would it be a huge difference by booking online compared to self walk-in.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Syed,

      Yes, Vivaldi Park is a good fit for a family day trip. You can rent sleds there, and there’s an underground shopping mall with various cafes & shops etc. It’s fine to just walk in to the resort and pay for sledding tickets & rentals at the ticket window, and you can go there on the free shuttle bus as described above (just remember to book in advance as per the instructions on the shuttle bus site); this will be cheaper than booking an all-in-one package online. Obviously the packages are convenient though, and the hotel pickup might be a benefit depending where you’re staying (if you self-book the free shuttle bus, it leaves from Euljiro 1-ga Station, which is walking distance from Myeongdong)

      Let me know if you have any more questions

  12. eliana says:

    hi, im planning to go there tomorrow(already in seoul) .

    is there any activities we can do there other than skiing and snowboarding?

    since we cant ski hehhe

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Eliana,

      To be honest there isn’t that much to do… but if you can’t ski, maybe you could try sledding instead. You can also buy a sightseeing ticket to go up the gondola and see the views from the top. If you do those two things, it should keep you entertained for a few hours. Apart from that, there’s also an underground mall (it’s kind of under the parking area in front of the main building) where you can hang out in cafes, shops etc

      Hope you have a great day!

  13. Monica says:

    Hi! Planning to go to Vivaldi on Feb 10 to watch the Riding Concert at 8PM. What time is the last shuttle bus from Vivaldi going to Obin Station or Hongcheon Bus Terminal so I can go back to Seoul? Just wanted to make sure I still have a ride going back to Seoul. Or are there taxis in Vivaldi that can take me to the nearest subway/MRT station? Thanks!

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Monica, according to last season’s schedule the last shuttle to Hongcheon is at 10pm (I’m afraid I have no quick way to check if the schedule has changed since then). However, I have no idea until what time buses run from Hongcheon to Seoul, and also Hongcheon is going the wrong direction from Vivaldi Park to Seoul… in other words, I think the best option is probably to take a taxi to Yongmun Station and ride the train from there. The taxi would be about 50000 won (it’s 25km), and take about 30 minutes. On Saturdays the last trains from Yongmun back to Seoul are at 23:01 for Yongsan, and 23:21 for Cheongnyangni. You’ll need to book the taxi in advance to pick you up, as there aren’t usually taxis just waiting around there.

      Let me know if you have any more questions

      • Monica says:

        Hi! My plan is to take a bus from Hongcheon Intercity Bus Terminal to Dong-Seoul Express Bus Terminal. Then ride the subway from Gangbyeon Station to Myeongdong. Is it a wrong direction? Thanks!

        • Simon Norton says:

          Hi Monica, sorry I just meant to say that Hongcheon is further away from Seoul than Vivaldi Park is, so the route via Yongmun is more direct.

          But the route you’ve described should work (and means you can take the free shuttle, instead of paying for a taxi to Yongmun), as long as you make sure to check 2 things – first, does the concert finish in time to catch the 10pm shuttle? and, more importantly, what time is the last bus from Hongcheon to Dong Seoul?

          Oh, one more thing – the last train from Gangbyeon to Myeongdong on Saturday is 23:29, and if you go at 10pm Vivaldi Park > Hongcheon > Dong Seoul, you’re not going to make that last subway train so you’ll have to take a taxi to Myeongdong (should be around 15000 won)

  14. megat says:

    Hi, should l buy the tickets online from Koreatraveleasy/klook/trazy etc etc for a 1 day ski trip or buy during touch down in / reaching Seoul. Which your package u recommend?
    Thanks

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi,

      It’s not really necessary to book any package – if you’re happy to follow the DIY transportation instructions above (i.e. use the free shuttle from Myeongdong) then you can just go there yourself and buy the lift tickets, rental, lesson etc when you arrive. Of course if you prefer the convenience of a package you can do that too, but I never have so I can’t recommend a particular company

  15. cyl says:

    Hi, do I need to pay entrance fee to enter the ski park for people who not skiing? Since I am beginner, I plan not to take the lift but just try to experience skiing. Is the any area for me to enjoy ski without taking lift?

    • cyl says:

      Do the lift ticket includes rental for clothes and equipments? Do you know how much are the rental for clothes and equipments if I don’t purchase the lift ticket? Thanks

      • Simon Norton says:

        Hi,

        The lift ticket & rental prices are separate. You can check them here

        There’s no entry fee, so if you don’t buy a lift ticket it’s still possible to walk onto the snow.

        However, I have to advise you this – if you rent skiing equipment but don’t get a lift ticket or take a lesson, you’ll just be wasting your money. It would be better to go sledding instead.

        If you want to try skiing, I strongly advise you to take a lesson. Again, if you don’t want to do that then sledding would be a better option.

  16. Jessica says:

    Hi my hubby and I will be travelling to Seoul for the 1st time, arriving on 8 March. I’d tried to contact Vivaldi Park earlier but it’s been 2 weeks and there’s no reply from them. Would like to find out if the ski season is still open ie. Can we still ski there? We are beginners and hope to take ski/snowboard lessons there. Pls advise. Thanks!

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Jessica, yeah I’ve also found they’re not the best at replying!

      But no problem about March 8th – I was there on March 20th last season, and they closed shortly after that.

  17. David K says:

    What level of equipment rentals are available? Is it beginner only or do they have more advanced ski equipment?
    Thank you.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi David,

      Yeah it’s just basic beginner equipment (but to be honest that’s all you’ll need at Vivaldi, unless maybe if you have your eye on the pipe)

  18. Lincoln says:

    Hi Simon,

    I am planning to go to Vivaldi on 15 March 2018 and would like to try sledding activity.

    Any chance 😉

    Cheers mate.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Lincoln,

      Yes they should still be open then, but double-check closer to the time (as closing dates haven’t been decided yet)

  19. Beth Abella says:

    Hi Simon, we are staying in a hotel in Myeongdong. I plan to bring my daughter and sister with me to Vivaldi Park this Friday, Feb 16,2018 as it’s a major holiday and the malls are closed. May I know when are the bus schedules from Myeongdong to Vivaldi Park and back to Myeongdong. Thank you and God bless! 😉

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Beth, there are 2 free shuttles from Myeongdong at 8:00am from Lotte Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga Station) and 10:30 from Shinsegae department store. See here for the details and to make a reservation – advance reservation is required so do that ASAP

  20. Lei says:

    Hi, can I know how much is the ski rental?

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