Bears Town Resort

Bears Town skin resort

Bears Town is the largest ski area in Gyeonggi-do (the province surrounding Seoul); if you’re looking for the biggest ‘local’ hill for Seoul, this is it.

Bears Town: the hill

Mountain stats
Highest lifted point: 460m
Lowest skiable point: 175m
Vertical drop: 285m
Lifts: 8
Runs: 10
Longest run: 2,500m (’88challenge’)
Terrain park: yes (small)
Halfpipe: no

Homepage and piste map

Bears Town piste map

The vertical drop of 285m may seem small, but it’s decent for a Seoul area hill. From two base areas a total of 8 lifts ferry skiers to the top, from where you can aim for the main base to skier’s left, or go skier’s right for the longest runs as that base is at a slightly lower elevation than the main base. As is usually the case in Korea, the base areas consist of enormous hotel and condo buildings which my seem rather out of proportion to the scale of the hill itself (as usual in Korea, it’s a golf & leisure resort as well as a ski resort), and the facilities there are excellent.

Bears Town Ski Resort

From the top lift there are a few options going down both sides, but advanced skiers will have the whole place skied out in fairly short order. There is a park, but there isn’t much to it beyond a medium kicker and a couple of jib features.

It’s a good hill for learning, with plenty of gentler terrain, and good for progressing from bunny slopes to intermediate; more advanced riders will have to make do with cruisy piste runs or sessioning the mediocre park. If that’s you, you should be able to have a fun day as long as you set your expectations fairly low.

Ski slopes at Bears Town Resort

Bears Town ski slopes

Bears Town is good for:

Learners and those progressing to intermediate.

Being the largest hill in Gyeonggi-do i.e. largest in the Seoul area.

Good shuttle bus access (much-improved service from 2018/19)

Long hours; it stays open until 4am.

Freestyle (well, it at least has a terrain park)

Bears Town is not so good for:

Freestyle! Lapping the terrain park is done on a long, slow fix-grip chairlift, which isn’t ideal.

Terrain park at Bears Town ski resort

Terrain park at Bears Town ski resort

Bears Town lift tickets

Hours: 9am – 4am!

Following the standard model in Korea, Bears Town lift tickets are available for AM, PM, Night, and Overnight blocks, individually and in combination, with a 90-minute snow grooming break at 5pm. Prices range from 59,000 for a 4-hour ticket (AM or Overnight) to 75,000 for an 8-hour ticket (AM&PM or PM&Night); details here, and here’s a photo of their 2017 rates (click to enlarge):

Bears Town lift ticket rates

Bears Town: accommodation

Most visitors will probably want to stay in Seoul and take the bus to Bears Town (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!

If you do want to stay at Bears Town Resort itself, accommodation is available in their condos at the base of the slopes; you can check their accommodation page here.

Snowmaking at Bears Town ski resort

As with all Seoul area hills, the snow is mostly man-made

How to get to Bears Town

Bears Town has shuttle buses (50 minutes to 2 hours, depending where you board) from various points in Seoul, but unlike other Seoul area resort shuttles it isn’t free – the price is 9 dollars return. Reservations are required online by 5pm the day before, you can do this here; discount lift ticket & rental packs are also available which are great value e.g. 56,000 won for round-trip, lift pass, and rental equipment – definitely worth it. Note that it’s necessary to make payment by PayPal, but if you have the KakaoTalk app you can contact them quickly using the Kakao button on the reservation page – I did this when I had a PayPal issue, they have English-speaking staff and arranged for the shuttle to pick me up and I could pay cash when I arrived. Great shuttle service actually, only 50 minutes from Taereung Station.

The easiest way to get there is actually with a day tour like this, but that’s not cost-effective if you already have your gear etc and just need transportation only; however, for beginners who are looking for transportation, rental, and a lesson, it’s the best way to go.

Alternatively, there’s also public transport; I don’t recommend it (takes ages), but if you need to then access is by bus number 11 from Gangbyeon Station (Line 2). The bus does NOT go from the large bus station at Gangbyeon called Dong Seoul (East Seoul) Bus Terminal, but rather from the bus stop just up the road (stand A).

To find the stop, come out of Gangbyeon Station exit 4 and turn right:

Gangcheon Station

Walk north (straight) for 50 metres or so and cross over; the bus stops are located on the other side of the crossing, and you should wait for number 11 at stand A:

Bus stop for the bus to Bears Town Resort

It operates from 5am to 11pm, runs every hour or so, and costs around 2,000 won (if you pay with T-money card and transfer from the Metro, it calculates a discounted combined subway & bus fare).

The ride takes around 1h 45m, and you need to get off at the penultimate stop; each stop is announced over the speakers, and fortunately the stop is called ‘Bears Town’:

Bus route for Bears Town Resort

The second-left stop reads 배어스타운 (Bears Town). Gangbyeon is shown on the far right, and note you can also board at Gwangnaru Station if Line 5 is more convenient for you (click to enlarge)

Once you get off the bus, there’s a 15-minute walk to the hill. With the main road on your left, walk past all the ski shops:

Walking up to Bears Town from the bus stop

…and then, ahembear right across the small bridge over the creek:

Walking to Bears Town from the bus stop

…and follow the access road around to the right:

Walking to Bears Town from the bus stop

When you get up to the car park and base area facilities, the ticket office is over to the right.

The schedule for the return buses, as posted on the bus stop (subject to change, but gives you an idea):

Timetable at the Bears Town bus stop

Bears Town has the usual mega resort thing going on at the base, with condo towers everywhere plus plenty of food & drink options:

Ski slopes at Bears Town

Hotel interior at Bears Town Resort

Bears Town cafeteria

Any questions about Bears Town Resort? Leave a message below!

For more Seoul area ski 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


32 comments on “Bears Town Resort
  1. Olivia says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to make this website…really helpful for foreigners!

  2. Joan Paz says:

    Thank you for the information! May I ask if there are many taxis around?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Joan, there aren’t usually any taxis waiting around at Bears Town – you’d need to call one, or ask the resort staff to arrange one for you.

  3. Oshmam says:

    Hi simon,
    For day tripper,
    Can u suggest
    ^ the mode of transportation to go there.
    ^ from seoul
    ^ last bus from bear mountain
    ^ things to do there?
    Tq

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Oshmam, as described above, you can go by Bearstown shuttle bus or by public bus from Gangbyeon. The shuttle bus details for this season are here, and you can make the reservation here. The return bus leaves at 17:30, and in high season there’s also a return shuttle at 1:00 a.m.

      As for things to do, to be honest there’s just skiing and sledding. The base area has plenty of cafes and restaurants, but there isn’t much else around there.

  4. JK says:

    Hello! Does equipment rental only include skis and boots? Can we rent outfit like ski bib jacket goggles and helmet?

  5. Rose says:

    Is snow still exists on 9th March 2018 at beartown resort?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Rose, there will still be snow there at that time, but you’ll need to check what their closing date is (it’ll be some time in March, and they’ll probably announce it in late February)

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hi,

    Wonder if you have been to Everland Korea? If yes, is it more convenient to go from Everland to Beartown resort?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Cheryl, I’ve never been to Everland but it’s pretty far from Bearstown. The nearest ski resort to Everland is Yangji Pine Resort, also Jisan Forest Resort and Konjiam are in the same area. However, I’m not aware of any public transport options from Everland to those ski resorts – you’d be looking at 30 to 40 minutes by taxi, for around 30000 won (30 US dollars)

  7. Danielle says:

    Hi there! What is their normal ski season? We are hoping to go during our winter break in December.

  8. nia says:

    hi. Can we rent ski attire, boots and equipment at resort?

  9. Robert says:

    Hello! I m planning to planning to take my kids to ski in Dec. Bearstown shuttle bus still operate in 2018 winter season? How much for run-trip fare? Where is the pick up location in Seoul? reservation require? Please advice

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Robert, sorry they still haven’t updated their website for the coming season. They probably won’t do so until the last minute before they open, and it’s been a warm November so the resorts are opening later than usual. We won’t know the shuttle bus details until they update it, but in any case if you also need to rent equipment & wear it works out cheaper to book a package (see here)

      Let me know if you have any further questions

  10. Neeta says:

    Thanks so much for the info. My family has booked 2 nights here next month and i wonder if they have transportation from the condo to the ski area?

    I saw there are villas and condos, which on do u recommend better?

    Thanks 🙏🏻

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Neeta, I’ve never stayed there (only day trips) so I’m not really sure. But you don’t need to worry about transportation – the accommodation is slopeside so you can just walk out & onto the snow

  11. Gavin Snook says:

    Thanks for this site very useful.

    Can we get straight to the resort from the international airport?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Gavin,

      Bears Town doesn’t have a direct airport bus, you’d have to travel via Seoul.

      If you’re flexible about which resort you want to visit, for direct airport transfers try Yongpyong or High1.

    • gavin says:

      hi simon. we are staying for a week at bearstown as we are a group of beginners. how do we go about organising ski school before we get there?

      • Simon Norton says:

        Hi Gavin, I don’t think it’s necessary but if you really want to I’d suggest just calling them (communicating by email, FB etc can be pretty frustrating)

  12. Barcs says:

    Hi Simon,

    Thanks so much for your website – helped make a decision on where to ski 🎿 for the day – chose Bears Town it was just as you said, perfect for pushing beginners a bit harder. It also offers great discounts and is far less crowded than Vivaldi was on a weekday last week (jan 7 to 10th) – maybe cause it doesn’t offer the bells and whistles such as bowling alleys and VR worlds – but these only distract the kids from the slopes anyway!

    Cheers

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Barcs,

      Cheers, always good to hear the site’s been useful. I was at Vivaldi yesterday actually, the crowding was nuts despite it being a weekday – as you say, Vivaldi has all the bells & whistles, also Snowyland & Ocean World attract a lot of non-skier tourists and they’re just generally killing it in the marketing department. Glad you had a good day up at Bears Town!

  13. Chris says:

    Re the transfers from the international airport to Bears Town. Is it possible to book a private transfer and can you advise how to do so?

    Many thanks

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Chris, I’m not aware of any way to do this other than hiring a taxi from the airport. That would take about 90 minutes and cost in the region of 100 dollars. Otherwise, you could ride the train into Seoul and then the Bears Town shuttle up to the resort, but that’ll only work out if your landing time lines up well with the shuttle times; best shuttle boarding point would be Seoul Station (7am bus) as it has a direct train from the airport; if the 10am bus fits go for Myeongdong Station, if the 11am bus fits go for Taereung Station (that’s a trek though). Let me know if you have any more questions

  14. AA says:

    Hi.. Can i go there just for enjoyed the snow and cable car?
    Because i dont want to play ski. Thanks

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