12 Best Winter and Ski, Snowboard Activities To Do in South Korea

Winter in Korea is sort of a mixed bag; the weather is extremely harsh on certain days and at the same time, a season fully packed with fun activities, which are too hard to ignore. It is a love-hate affair. The most freezing and windy breeze peaks in January and it definitely comes with different activities that you can engage in. It is your chance to learn winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding if you are a beginner. For others, winter holidays and leisure weekend getaways is a not-to-miss on their winter to-do lists.

There are so many Ski resorts and winter festivals around Korea that makes it possible to meet the needs of travelers who wants to experience the best out of the season.

Most of these resorts are very close to Seoul (90-minutes) which allows for a 1-Day tour with convenient shuttle transport.

Do you intend traveling to Korea during the winter season? Here are some of the things you can do.



1. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Fishing Festival (Jan 6-28, 2018)

The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Fishing festival has been held every year in the city of Hwacheon, Gangwon Province since 2003, attracting tens and thousands of visitors. CNN considers the festival as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and also a representative festival of Korea by the Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. You can try bare-hand fishing, rod fishing and get to eat the fish you catch yourself. It runs for only a limited period of time in January, so you better experience it now by joining this affordable travel package below.


2. Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort (~ until February 28, 2018)

Elysian Ski Resort is located in the Gangwon province, very close to Seoul, and equipped with a multitude of ski slopes. With its location in a valley, skiers can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the natural snow scenery. Elysian is one of the best ski resorts in Korea for beginners, intermediate and experienced skiers. They also offer lessons in Ski and snowboard.

You can visit Elysian for their fun-filled Night Skiing or join any of the 1-Day Tour Packages.


3. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games

You might have already heard or seen the buzz all over the internet. The City of PyeongChang will be hosting Korea’s first Winter Olympics from 9-25 February and the Paralympic Games from 9-18 March. This is a cool opportunity to see the games, cheer on your favorite teams and tour Korea’s top winter destination. There are foods to try, historical sites to visit and new stuff you can try.

The excitement is building up and you don’t want to miss it. You can buy the Games Tickets from the PyeongChang 2018 Website.

Looking for a Shuttle Bus from Seoul to Alpensia resort or Yongpyong Resort. Book your spot here:

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games


4. Daemyung Vivaldi Ski Resort (Opens from November till March)

Vivaldi Park is considered a top ski resort in Korea with great leisure and recreational facilities for every person. It is the most visited Ski resort recently. Also located in the Gangwon province, it is only a one-and-half hours’ drive from Seoul. Aside from having great slopes for skiing and snowboarding, it has other hospitalities that makes it a perfect winter holiday destination. There is the Ocean World water park with indoor swimming pools, a Hot spring Spa, an Equestrian club, and hotels to make your stay enjoyable.

Find out how you can visit Vivaldi Park for a Winter Ski experience.


5. Mt. Taebaek Snow festival

Travel to the Taebaek Mountain to view beautiful and sculptured snow objects. The festival opens from December till the end of February. It is a great sport for snow photos. You can visit either in the day or the moonlight display. Visit the official site Taebaek Snow festival for more information.

Mt.Taebaek Snow Festival


 6. Oak Valley Resort (opened until March)

If you are looking for the Ski resort with the best snow condition and less crowd, Oak Valley is your preferred choice. It also has the best terrain for beginners to undergo ski lessons. It is located near Wonju in the Gangwon province.

Sign up for the Oak Valley 1-Day Ski Tour with Lessons


7. Nami Island Winter Festival (December until February)

Nami Island is a half-moon shaped Island located near downtown Chuncheon in the Gangwon Province. Mostly accessible all-year-round for travelers. It became very popular when parts of the famous Korean Drama, “Winter Sonata” was filmed there. During winter, the island is covered in beautiful snow and ice, and the tree-lined roads give it a stunning picturesque feel for visitors. There is a zipline and ferry to get you to the Island. There are restaurants and convenient shops to purchase the little things you need.

Join the Nami Island and Vivaldi Park 1-Day Ski Tour




8. Go Strawberry Picking Tour in Gapyeong (~until May 31)

Did you know that there is a Strawberry season in Korea from December to June each year? Korea’s soil produces some of the biggest and sweet strawberries you can find. You can join the tour to some of the strawberry farms near Seoul and pick strawberries. The advantage is that you can take home 500g of the strawberries you pick. How nice!

Within this same day tour, you can visit Petite France, Nami Island and also the Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival. Join this fun experience here.

There are more winter daytours  


9. Yongpyong Resort

Yongpyong Resort is one of the venues for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is Korea’s first modern Ski resort having over 20 slopes and full-service amenities like restaurants, bowling alley, sauna, hotels, and karaoke. Ski and snowboarding activities abound at Yongpyong resort. It is also famous for being featured in Korea’s top dramas; Goblin and Winter Sonata. If you intend to visit the resort, do it as early as possible since it will be closing for the Olympic Games preparations.



10. PyeongChang Trout Festival (December 22 – February 25, 2018)

PyeongChang region is definitely going to be very busy in 2018. Apart from the Winter Olympic Games, the Trout Festival will also be on-going. Activities include trout fishing, bare hands fishing, ice sledding, ATVs, ice fishing, snow festival and more. More information about how you can participate in the fun here

PyeongChang Trout Festival


11. Winter Light Festival at Everland and Ice Sledding

Everland is Korea’s largest Theme Park with enormous activities to explore. A top spot to have endless thrilling fun with friends and family at very affordable cost. You can explore the T-Express rollercoaster ride, Zootopia, Amusement games, VR Game centers, Cable car rides, Panda world, Lost Valley Safari tour and many more. During winter, you can enjoy the snow buster ice sledding and fireworks amidst the beautiful lights display in the gardens during the night. Check out the Everland 1-Day Pass here.


12. Ice Skating Rinks in Seoul (December 22 – February 25, 2018)

Seoul City Metropolitan Government has been operating the make-shift ice rink at the Seoul Plaza in recent years. It is fun and inexpensive. With only 1,000 KRW per hour, you can rent skating shoes and have the winter time of your life. It is opened from 10am – 9:30pm from Sundays to Thursday and 10am till 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays.

Other locations where you can enjoy the ice skating are the Lotte World, Olympic Park, Yeoiudo and Mokdong indoor Ice skating.

Seoul Ice Skating Rink


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