After suffering through bone-chilling cold the first part of winter in South Korea, the weather has finally warmed to near-freezing here, making it a great weekend to try myself on the ski slopes near Seoul. Thankfully, there is decent skiing within a day trip of Seoul to entertain us during the winter months.
I set the alarm early Saturday morning and caught the 7AM bus with a group of my work colleagues to Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World, located a little over an hour's drive east of the city. We could have used some sun – I think Chinese air pollution is blocking the sky currently – but otherwise the conditions were pretty good. In fact there was less ice on the slopes than I was expecting.
We only skied for about 4 hours, then grabbed some snacks (I had ramen noodles) and returned to Seoul mid-afternoon. With our Samsung employee discount the price was quite cheap, about $35 with the ski rental so despite the mediocre terrain I felt we received good value for our ski currency. I could become a regular Korean ski bum at that price!
|Vivaldi Park, before it became super crowded|
|Despite the sign, Rock (락) was not double-black diamond caliber|