Establishment: Alpensia Ski Resort
Location: Pyeongchang, Korea
Editor’s note: Hands up, those of us in the tropics always on the lookout for a snowy vacation as the year draws to a close! For their first snowy vacation, Jonel checked her family into Alpensia Ski Resort, only a 3-hours commute from Seoul, South Korea. They didn’t learn to ski, but Alpensia Ski Resort has lots to offer the vacationing family – read on!
As part of our 8-Day Seoul-Searching itinerary, we were booked for a 2-Day trip to Alpensia Ski Resort, located in the county of Pyeongchang.
The kiddos were really looking forward to this, as this was their first visit to a ski resort – they couldn’t wait to get their hands into the snow!
After a night’s rest at our service apartment in Seoul, we woke to the cold winter morning and made our way to the coach stop in front of Lotte World. We were scheduled on the 9am shuttle service that would take us to Pyeongchang.
After a 3-hour journey, we finally reached our destination – Alpensia Ski Resort!
We had chosen to stay at a Holiday Inn Suite. Our entourage checked in and we were all quite pleased with our room for the nite. The apartments were spacious, and comes with a well equipped kitchen too.
There are a total of 7 blocks within Alpensia Ski Resort, or Alpensia Town. Besides Holiday Inn Suites, there were two other hotels, Intercontinental Resort and Holiday Inn Resort. There is even a convention centre onsite. Alpensia Ski Resort is self-contained, with numerous convenient stores, restaurants and shops dotting the town.
We tucked into authentic Korean cuisine at one of the restaurants – it was much better than a disappointing, oily dinner we had the night earlier in Seoul.
The Indoor & Outdoor Water theme park, Ocean 700, is housed within the Alpensia Ski Resort. Our families had planned to spend our afternoon here.
A must-try ride was the Tornado – sorry, we have no photos though! There is a height limit of 1.2m , and I took it with my cousin and hubby – it was frightening cuz it went down so quickly! It was dark in the tube and I could feel myself sliding to the left and right while moving down.
Other than that, we also did the camelback slide, lazy pool, and outdoor jaccuzi, as well as my gals’ fav, the Aqua Play Pool (bottom right picture below) – it was an afternoon of wet and cheerful fun.
All the water play made for hungry kids and we devoured waffles and brownies with ice cream at the cafe, Angel-in-us Coffee. The kids Loved It! The adults too
Finally we made our way to the Alpensia Ski & Snowboard Park, the highlight of our visit to Alpensia Ski Resort!
The kids were thrilled to bits, moulding snowballs and playing around the ski area. This was a good experience for the kiddos as this was their first encounter with snow. My gals and hubby attempted making a giant snow man.
There was an extensive shop, Ski House, for ski equipment – you name it, they have it! Skis can be rented, and you can also buy everything else you need – gloves, goggles etc. We had wanted to try skiing at the slopes, but we had to catch the bus back to Seoul at 2pm on our second day… There was not enough time to get proper lessons and instructions, so my hubby and the kids had to drop the idea. The kids still enjoyed playing with snow though!
The kids consoled themselves with the outdoor playground after playing with the snow.
All in all, it was a wonderful first experience. We did not accurately gauge the time required to fully enjoy the resort, and had spent just a bit too much time having fun at Ocean 700. We’d certainly would have wanted to try skiing in South Korea, so perhaps, we’d be back!
Editor’s Note: Thanks, Jonel Ho, for sharing your experience in Alpensia Ski Resort with us. The ski resort offers six slopes, with the longest run at 1.4km. There is an area exclusively reserved for snowboarders, and another run for snow sledding. Ski instructors are on-hand to provide instruction to novice and advance learners. Alpensia Ski Resort would be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Do visit their website for more information.