Star Hill Resort

Star Hill Resort

Star Hill Resort is a real local hill located on Cheonmasan in Gyeonggi-do province, just northeast of Seoul. With just a handful of lifts and runs this is as small as it gets, and it doesn’t have the usual condo-golf-water-park mega-development at the base (though the hotel there is actually still pretty big!)

The hill seems to be popular with local schools and ski clubs for their training, but it doesn’t get the crowds you see elsewhere and doesn’t run shuttle buses. If you’re in northeast Seoul and have a car it’s a convenient hill, but otherwise the access isn’t great (see below for access details)

Mountain stats
Highest lifted point: 365m
Lowest skiable point: 180m
Vertical drop: 185m
Lifts: 5
Runs: 4
Longest run: 700m (‘A-line’ / ‘B-line’)
Terrain park: no
Halfpipe: no

Homepage (Korean only) and piste map:

Star Hill Resort piste map

One thing I did like about it was the gradient; although hardly anything extreme, Star Hill probably has the steepest overall gradient of the hills near Seoul. There’s no park though, so this hill really is just about short but reasonably steep groomers – perhaps hence the popularity with ski clubs.

Star Hill Resort

Star Hill is good for:

Those who live nearby. Otherwise, you’re better off hitting Konjiam (for convenience) or heading over to Gangwon-do (for bigger resorts).

Star Hill is not so good for:

Size. It’s tiny!

Freestyle – there’s no park.

Lift infrastructure; while most Korean resorts are all gondolas and high speed detachable quads, Star Hill’s lifts are slower fixed-grip 3-seat chairs.

No English website (snowguidekorea to the rescue!)

Star Hill lift tickets

Star Hill follows the standard model in Korea, with passes available for AM, PM, and Night blocks, both individually and in combination, with a 90-minute snow grooming break at 5pm.

Star Hill is open from 10am to midnight.

Details are listed on their site here (it’s the one page on the site with an ‘English’ button!), and here’s the 2016/17 season information displayed at the ticket windows:

Star Hill Resort lift ticket rates

Star Hill Resort lift ticket hours

Star Hill: accommodation

If you want to stay at Star Hill’s hotel, it doesn’t appear to be possible to book online; the information is on their website here, with the phone number at the bottom.

Otherwise, just stay in Seoul and take the bus or Metro to the hill: 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 Star Hill

You can take the subway to Cheonmasan Station on the Gyeongchun Line, then either walk (see map below) for 20 minutes or so, or drop a few thousand won on a taxi.

Coming out of the exit on the north side of the station, turn left along this road:

Walking route from Cheonmasan Station to Star Hill Resort

After a few hundred metres, turn right at this church:

Walking route from Cheonmasan Station to Star Hill Resort

When you reach the main intersection with Ediya Coffee and a GS25 store on the corners, turn right up Meokgat-ro. Follow it round to the left at the top, then head up the access road to Star Hill.

Alternatively you can go by bus; take the number M2316 express bus from the underground bus station in the Lotte World labyrinth at Jamsil. It takes 30 minutes and costs 2,400 won, but if you use your T-Money card to transfer from the subway it calculates a discounted combined fare; get off at the Cheonmasan Rest Area stop (천마산 휴게소, Cheonmasan Hyugeso, it’s the first stop from Jamsil):

The bus stop near Star Hill Resort in Cheonmasan

The bus stop near Star Hill Resort in Cheonmasan

Again, from there either walk up to Star Hill (15 minutes, see map) or jump in a cab. From the stop, simply head north on Meokgat-ro and follow it up to the Star Hill access road.

Going to Jamsil then taking the bus will be faster than taking the subway, unless your starting point is in northeast Seoul.

Despite being much smaller than at other Korean resorts, the base area still has good facilities and easy-to-use ticketing machines (with English) in the cafeteria:

Star Hill Resort cafeteria

Any questions about Star Hill Resort? Leave a comment 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

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

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