Welli Hilli Park

Welli Hilli Park is one of the local hills for Wonju, the largest city in Gangwon-do province; the other hill near Wonju is Oak Valley (to the northwest of the city), but Welli Hilli’s location in the higher mountains to the east of Wonju makes it a more serious option. Welli Hilli is the closest hill to Seoul which advanced riders will find properly satisfying, at least on the proviso that they like riding park & pipe.

View from the top at Welli Hilli Park

The two best hills in Korea for freestyle are Welli Hilli and Phoenix Park; with Phoenix Park hosting the Pyeongchang 2018 freestyle events, if you’re hitting Korea during the Olympics and want serious freestyle options then you should head to Welli Hilli Park (this author will likely be getting a Welli Hilli season pass for the 2017/18 season)

Welli Hilli Park: the hill

Mountain stats
Highest lifted point: 885m
Lowest skiable point: 595m
Vertical drop: 290m
Lifts: 9
Runs: 12
Longest run: 2.6km (‘S1’ > ‘S2’)
Terrain park: yes (small beginner & large advanced)
Halfpipe: yes

Homepage (Korean), English homepage, and piste map

Welli Hilli Park has 8 chairlifts and a somewhat gratuitous gondola going up from the one base, mostly to the top station or partway, though the ‘Alpha’ chairs go up the short A runs to the side and thus serve as the park chairs. There’s a beginner park located near the top of this A piste at skier’s left and there’s an impressive main park running down on skier’s right; the parks are well maintained by a dedicated park crew.

Terrain park at Welli Hilli Park

Welli Hilli terrain park

Terrain park at Welli Hilli Park

Terrain park at Welli Hilli Park

The halfpipe is also usually in good nick, though unfortunately it doesn’t have its own chair so you have to hit it on laps of the ‘Delta’ chair (which takes you halfway up the hill)

Halfpipe at Welli Hilli Park

As for the downhill skiing available, it’s pretty mediocre and not a patch on High1 or Yongpyong, though it’s certainly better than all the hills further west towards Seoul; it’s also a bit higher, making it the closest hill to Seoul that actually receives a decent amount of natural snowfall.

The vertical drop’s a modest 300m, but from the top there are 9 or 10 routes down, so at least it has a fair bit to check out for a half-day if you’re not into park & pipe.

Welli Hilli is good for:

Those based in Wonju.

Being the closest mountain to Seoul which is high enough to get a decent amount of natural snow.

Freestyle; Welli Hilli Park is the best freestyle hill in Korea along with Phoenix Park.

Has one of the few halfpipes in Korea.

Flexible ticket options (see below)

You can enjoy some proper mountain views! (not always standard at Korean resorts)

Mountain scenery at Welli Hilli Park Resort

Welli Hilli Park ski resort

Welli Hilli is not so good for:

The downhill skiing, which is mediocre (though still better than all the resorts further west)

Welli Hilli Park lift tickets

Welli Hilli Park’s hours follow the standard model in Korea, with the operating hours split into day & night by a 2-hour snow grooming break (the daytime hours are further subdivided into AM and PM), and you can get lift tickets for any of those slots individually, or for combinations of the above. They also have the more flexible option of a 3-hour ticket which just gives you 3 hours from whatever time you buy it, making their ticketing system more flexible than most.

Prices range from 41,000 won for a 3-hour ticket to 87,000 for a PM & Night combo. See here for full details

Ski slopes at Welli Hilli Park

Welli Hilli: accommodation

Welli Hilli has the usual massive condo development at the base of the hill; you can search & book their rooms here

If you’d prefer to stay in the nearby city of Wonju, see Agoda for Wonju hotel deals; also see their listings in Seoul if you’re planning to stay in the capital and hit Welli Hilli Park from there.

Airbnb is also a great choice for Seoul or Wonju – 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!

Pyeongchang 2018 Accommodation

If you’re looking for information on where to stay for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, Welli Hilli Park would be a good base for the freestyle events at Phoenix Park (if you can score a room!); see this page for advice and the latest updates

How to get to Welli Hilli Park

The Gangneung KTX started service in late 2017, and is the fastest way to reach Welli Hilli Park; the journey time is around 80 minutes from Seoul Station to the new Dunnae Station, for 16,800 won. Welli Hilli Park has a free shuttle bus from Dunnae Station, schedule here (the top two boxes show KTX departure times from Dunnae to Seoul and Gangneung. The third box is shuttle bus times from Dunnae Station to the resort, and the fourth box is shuttle bus times from the resort back to the station)

They also operate (paid) shuttle buses direct from Seoul, though it’s hard to actually arrange for non-Korean speakers as it’s done using an app, which is only available in Korean. However, for getting back from the resort they’re very easy to use, as they have a shuttle bus counter in the main reception area where you can buy a ticket for your return journey (the shuttles do drop-offs at points all over the city, departing at 17:40 (2016/17 schedule), taking 2.5 hours or so, and costing around 7,000 won).

Alternatively another way to get to Welli Hilli Park from Seoul is by first taking public transport to Wonju, then the free resort shuttle from there (no advance reservation required).

From Seoul to Wonju take either the highway bus from Express Bus Terminal (90 minutes, 8,000 won) or the regular train from Cheongyangni Station (1 hour, 6,300 won), whichever is more convenient from your starting point.

See Welli Hilli’s transportation page for details of the shuttle bus from Wonju; the schedule is here. You can click on the ‘MAP’ buttons to check the exact location of the stops; also, here’s a Google Maps screenshot for the Wonju train station pickup spot (as I don’t find theirs 100% clear):

Map showing location of the Welli Hilli shuttle bus stop outside Wonju Station

Come out of the station and turn right on Wonil-ro, and wait in front of the key shop opposite the large indoor market building. The total journey time for this route ends up being around 3 hours if you start from central Seoul, as Cheongnyangni Station is a little inconvenient and Welli Hilli is quite far from Wonju.

Any questions about Welli Hilli Park? 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


24 comments on “Welli Hilli Park
  1. Iman says:

    Hello again, is it possible to go to Welli park if we stay around Phoenix Park area? Just looking at another option since we will be there during peak season and am afraid Phoenix Park will be a bit packed. Thanks for being super helpful 😊

    • snorton says:

      Hi again Iman! Yes that should be possible, depending on where exactly you stay and the shuttle bus schedules…

      Welli Hilli Park is near Jinbu Station on the new KTX line, and Phoenix Park is near Pyeongchang Station. It’s only 1 stop from Pyeongchang Station to Jinbu Station, so a very short train ride… if you stay at Phoenix Park you’d need to take the shuttle bus from Phoenix Park to the station, then ride the train 1 stop, then take the shuttle bus from Jinbu Station to Welli Hilli… should be possible, but can’t answer yet how long it would take because the shuttle bus schedules haven’t been decided yet.

      When the shuttle bus schedules are finally decided, I’ll update the information here on the site! But short answer, yes I do think it should be possible to stay in accommodation at or near Phoenix Park, and ski at Welli Hilli, if that’s what you want to do

  2. James Bryson says:

    Hi Simon, we’re heading as a family of 6; two adults plus 4 kids (3 teenagers) to Seoul from Jakarta in mid dec and planning on 3 days of skiing from around 21/21 Dec. Mixture of beginners/intermediate. Would rather stay on site than have to get a shuttle each morning. Having looked through your descriptions, Vivaldi/Elysian/Welli Hilli look like the options. Is it better to book a ski/accom package rather than book direct or doesn’t it make much difference? Accom at Welli Hilli looks full on those dates so probably one of the other two. Any words of wisdom gratefully received.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi James,

      From a purely skiing perspective Elysian and Vivaldi would be pretty much the same for your stated levels, and they’re both easy to get to.

      However as you’re a family with 4 kids and planning to stay on site, I think you’d be better off going for Vivaldi. Reason being that the Vivaldi base area has a wider variety of off-slope activities (shopping mall, restaurants, sauna etc) – evening boredom might be an issue for the kids at Elysian, as there’s only really the hotel there.

      It’s better to book the on site accommodation directly, then once you arrive buy your lift passes at the resort – it varies from resort to resort but they’ll usually give their hotel guests a discount in the 20% – 30% range at the ticket windows.

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

  3. Hasmani says:

    Hello,

    We plan to go mid February next year (2 adult & 3 kids) and kids really want to play with the snow. any recommended resort with we can stay and play with snow during that period (10/2 – 17/2 2018)

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hello Hasmani,

      As mid-February is during the Olympics, it’s almost impossible to book the ski resort accommodation on those dates. So you have two options, really – the easiest thing would be to stay in Seoul, and do a day-trip (or trips) to resorts like Welli Hilli Park or Vivaldi Park. Click to search Agoda for hotels in Seoul.

      But if you actually want to stay in the mountains, you should try High1. The High1 hotels & condos are already fully booked, but the nearby towns of Gohan and Sabuk also have plenty of accommodation options – click to see hotels in Gohan and Sabuk. Also see my High1 page for general information.

      Let me know if you have any questions!

  4. Zoe says:

    Hi,

    I was looking for various types of transportation to Welli Hilli Park and found this http://packagekorea.com/tour/ski-shuttle-bus/

    They offer shuttle bus departing from Dongdaemun that goes straight to Welli Hilli Park, I would just like to ask if you have heard of this company and what’s your thought on that? It seems like it’s the most convenient and easy way to go from Seoul.

    I’ve checked the shuttle schedule at Dongnae, however they only have schedule up to Feb and will be visiting during March, could you please give me some suggestions?

    Thanks!

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Zoe,

      Yes they’re fine, I’ve used them to go to Phoenix Park and Yongpyong – I didn’t realise they also do Welli Hilli, so thanks for bringing that to my attention!

      However I think KTX to Dunnae Station & shuttle bus to Welli Hilli is a better (i.e. much faster) way to get there.

      With regards visiting in March, the ski season in Korea winds down earlier than you’d be used to in Europe or North America – spring skiing doesn’t last long here, and March is already very slushy. Most resorts close at some point in March, and the higher ones like Welli Hilli, Yongpyong etc switch to a low season schedule.

      However they won’t know what they’re doing for March until closer to the time – depends how much natural snowfall they get, what goes on with the temperature, etc, and that’s why the schedules you can see now only go through February. I’m sure they will still have a shuttle bus from the KTX station in March though, albeit with a reduced frequency.

      You needn’t worry about making any reservations yet though… what I suggest is checking in February to see what the March shuttle schedule looks like, and whether it fits with the KTX you’d like to ride. If it doesn’t, the direct ski bus from Seoul is a good plan B!

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

      • Zoe says:

        Hi Simon,

        Thanks for the reply!

        How about do you know if there are any alternatives to head to Welli Hilli from Incheon Airport?

        Thanks again!

        • Simon Norton says:

          Hi again,

          In theory you could take a direct bus from Incheon Airport to Wonju, and the resort shuttle bus from there; it’s 3 hours from the airport to Wonju, costs 22200 won, and buses leave at 08:00, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:40, 15:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:40, 20:30, 21:30 (this info is here, if you have a decent translation method!)

          However the shuttle buses only leave the Wonju bus station at 9:50, 13:50, and 19:50, so this is only a decent route if the connections fit with your flight. Also note that the airport bus drops you at Wonju Intercity Bus Terminal, but the Welli Hilli shuttle leaves from opposite Wonju Express Bus Terminal. They’re next to each other, you just need to walk across (see diagram here)

          If the above route doesn’t work for your flight, see also the comment below from Susan!

    • Susan says:

      For what it’s worth, we used Package Korea to take my family and I to Welli Hilli two weeks ago. They picked us up from Incheon airport, dropped us off at Welli Hilli and then came back four days later to take us to Seoul. We also did the ski resort booking through them. Can’t really say if their prices are the best, but I can attest that they are a legit business and they provided us with an efficient no fuss service.

      • Simon Norton says:

        Hi Susan, thanks for the report, it’s useful for other readers. Hope you had a great trip! Cheers

      • Zoe says:

        Thank you Susan for sharing your experience with Package Korea.

        I’ve emailed them and they said they would not have the schedule confirmed until a week before the day I needed the service, I just want to ask have you considered any alternatives in case they were not going to run the shuttle?

        Thanks

  5. Bryan says:

    Hi, I’m coming over to watch the winter olypmics and staying near the Phoenix park. I’ll be going to welli Hilli to check out the park & pipe…can you recommend Somewhere I can hire a decent freestyle/park board?

    PS your website is awesome, makes me excited to check out the slopes in Korea! Thank you

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hey Bryan, thanks for saying so! Always good to hear the site’s useful.

      That said, I’m afraid I’m not really sure about renting a decent park board… of course they have rental gear at the resorts, but of course it’s not exactly top-end! There’s also the independent rental shops in the vicinity of each resort, I’ve never used them but from what I’ve heard their stuff also doesn’t tend to be great. That’s where I’d try looking though, as you might get lucky and randomly find something good. I’m afraid I don’t have other suggestions apart from that, though. Maybe the staff at your accommodation can recommend a good shop to try.

      Hope you find something, and have a great trip!

  6. Constance says:

    Hi

    just want to enquire, where do i take the shuttle bus from Dunnae Station ?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Constance, I haven’t used this shuttle bus yet, and the announcements don’t say where the pickup spot is, so I’m afraid I don’t know for sure.

      However I can tell you that Dunnae Station only has exits on the north side, and there’s a parking area there where I expect the bus probably stops.

      I don’t know this for sure though, so you should definitely check with the station staff when you get there.

      Have a great trip! (and if you have time afterwards, please let me know about the pickup spot so I can inform other readers)

  7. Sparkle says:

    Hi Simon!
    Let me join the bandwagon of readers who think you and your site is awesome. This is by far the most helpful and comprehensive guide I’ve come across for snow season in Seoul. That being said, I wanted to ask for your recommendation for a ski resort/area that would still be open by March 22-25th. And with still like you mentioned not too slushy snow.
    That’s the end of school for my kids in our country and we wanted to escape our tropical heat.
    They’ve never been skiing and would like to take lessons. Would you be able to recommend where they could take them as well?
    I was about to book near Phoenix ski park but good thing I read your site that said it would be closed after the Olympics. Is this still accurate?
    So, looking for options again. Family of 6 with 4 kids from 7-14.

    Thanks so much and you’re such a grat ambassador of Seoul Snow/Skiing!!!! More power!!!

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Sparkle,

      Thanks for the nice comment!

      Yes, that’s right about Phoenix Park, they’re not opening again this season. So for your dates your options are basically High1 or Yongpyong; in terms of snow, High1 will be better because only the lower runs are open at Yongpyong. However, this doesn’t matter so much for your kids taking lessons, as they’ll be on the lower slopes wherever you go, so you should base your choice on the best place for lessons.

      I consistently hear that Yongpyong has the best English-speaking instructors (which I presume you’ll want), and Yongpyong’s also easier to get to than High1. So, my recommendation for your dates & requirements is Yongpyong. See here for access & accommodation details (they have one hotel & 3 condos, the Paralympics are taking place at that time but not at Yongpyong so hopefully you can get a room)

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

  8. Viki Ivanovic says:

    Hello, we are in Gangneung and would like to go for a day ski. We have accomodation but dont know where to go. Wellihillipark is adviced to us.
    We sould like to go by car? How far is it?
    Can we rent ski and shoes there?

    Viki

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Viki,

      It’s about 90km and would take around an hour usually from Gangneung to Welli Hilli, but the traffic might be bad due to the Olympics so could take a bit longer.

      Yes, you can rent everything there. There’s an information counter on the left immediately inside the main entrance, they can tell you where to buy tickets & arrange rental.

      Enjoy!

  9. Eric says:

    I took the shuttle bus from Dunnae earlier this week. It was really easy. From the station, the bus (typical coach with the resort logo painted on the side) stops directly outside the glass waiting room. The driver had us put our gear in the lower compartment. Ride to WH took about 10 minutes. The drop off at the resort is in front of the main entrance.

    Both the to and from busses ran exactly on schedule, as shown in the link above.

    Really a painless and straightforward transfer.

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