Konjiam is the closest hill in the immediate vicinity to the south of Seoul, with a convenient flexible ticketing system. For the riding available I also rate it slightly better than its near neighbours Jisan Forest Resort and Yangji Pine Resort, and second-best in Gyeonggi-do province (after Bears Town); exception to this is for park riders, who should head to Jisan.
Konjiam Resort: the hill
Homepage and piste map:
It’s the typical setup with a small ski area but a huge and highly developed base area with large hotel/condo buildings, excellent facilities and plenty of food and drink available, and attached golf course for the summer months.
The riding itself is essentially limited to one (pair of) main lift(s) to the top of the main hill (with a few more lifts going part way which do nothing in terms of opening up any terrain, but are pretty essential for the extra uplift capacity on busy weekends and holidays), plus a bunny slope to the side with its own lift. The lifts are fast and comfortable, as is standard in Korea. For intermediate riders and above, essentially you’re just going to be lapping the main lift, with a handful of available routes down; I find skier’s right the most satisfying among them, but you’ll likely have it all skied out in an hour.
There’s a small but reasonably decent park towards the bottom; it doesn’t have its own lift though, so you either have to hit it on your laps or session it by hiking the features (they have small and medium kickers, plus various boxes and rails).
Konjiam Resort is good for:
Ease of access; you can reach Konjiam by free resort shuttle from Jamsil, or take the Seoul Metro to Gonjiam Station and the hourly shuttle bus from there (see below for details)
Lift tickets. The flexible ticketing system means you pay for a certain amount of time without being limited to pre-ordained start & finish times.
The park is decent by the standards of Seoul area hills (though Jisan’s is better)
Open until 4am! (though I have no idea who goes there at such a time)
Konjiam Resort is not so good for:
Size. Although it is slightly larger than the other Seoul local hills Jisan Forest, Yangji Pine, and Star Hill, it’s still one of the smaller hills in a country of small hills.
Their English website is pretty useless (that’s where SGK comes in!)
Konjiam Resort lift tickets
Konjiam gets top marks for selling tickets which start from the time you actually buy them, rather than for the rigid AM/PM/Evening time slots that most Korean resorts follow. As you can arrive at any time through the day using the train & shuttle bus, this makes Konjiam an attractive option. They also sell a wide range of ticket lengths, from 2-hour to full day (though the 2-hour tickets are very poor value; I’d get 4 hours to make it worthwhile). As usual in Korea there’s a snow grooming break, but it’s only for an hour at 6pm (rather than the 90-minute or 2-hour breaks at most resorts). You can check the rates on their website (not shown in summer months), and here’s a photo of their 2019 rates as shown at the ticket windows – the first box is weekdays, the second is weekends, third is rentals. 시간 means ‘hours’, 대인 and 소인 are ‘adult’ and ‘child’, respectively:
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How to get to Konjiam
Konjiam is easily accessed by subway and/or shuttle bus. It can be reached on Seoul Metro’s Gyeonggang line; the stop is called Gonjiam, and the resort runs a regular free shuttle from there (roughly hourly from 9am to 8pm). This enables you to make your way to the hill throughout the day, taking anything from 45 minutes (from e.g. Gangnam) to 90 minutes (from e.g. Hongdae) to Gonjiam Station, depending where you start from, plus the 20-minute shuttle bus ride.
The bus stops at the ‘kiss & ride’ right in front of the station:
The schedule for this bus is here – the first & last columns show departure from & arrival at Konjiam; the fourth column shows Gonjiam Station (곤지암전철역). Also here’s the schedule posted at the bus stop (2019):
They also run free shuttles direct from Jamsil, schedule here. All in Korean again; Jamsil is 잠실, Konjiam Resort is 곤지암리조트; also 역 means ‘station’, 출발 is ‘depart’, and 도착 is ‘arrive’. 월~금 is Mon-Fri, and 토/일/공휴일 is Sat/Sun/holidays. The pickup spot is the taxi stand in front of Lotte World just outside Jamsil Station exit 4. The direct Jamsil shuttle obviously works out cheaper than using the Metro to Gonjiam, and will likely also be faster (unless you’re based somewhere southeast of Gangnam / Jamsil).
There also used to be shuttles from Sadang. Those seem to have been discontinued in 2018/19, but should they start again here’s how to find the pickup location as it’s not so obvious if you’re unfamiliar with Seoul; when you come out of exit 1, walk straight for 50m past the bus stop:
The bus pulls in at the parking area just after this bus stop, and you want to wait in this spot:
There’s usually a bunch of people waiting so it should be obvious once you see them.
Konjiam has the usual large and well-catered base area facilities, here’s the main cafeteria:
Any questions about Konjiam Resort? Leave a comment below!