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Old 07-08-2009, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone been snowboarding in Korea? I might be living in Cheonan next winter and would like to know if it would be easy for me to go on a few snowboarding trips. I hear that the Pyeongchang area has some good slopes, but it's very busy.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We have a couple of members who were based out of South Korea. I'm sure if they see this they'll chime in.

From what I saw the resorts were pretty basic. Not world class (cliffs, huge chutes, terrain parks etc) but serviceable. My hunch is that if you are willing to huff it a little, there is some pretty amazing terrain that can be had. Of course I know very little about the South Korean scene, so there could be same pretty bad ass resorts there.
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I've been in korea for the last 3 years and i'll tell you the riding is not great. If you're from some of the big winter sports areas ie colorado, utah etc and expect that kind of shred you're gonna be disappointed. that being said tho it is fun, the people are super friendly and its something cool to do. Most of the decent areas are up towards pyeongchang. you could look up yongpyong, alpensia, pheonix, and high 1 resorts online theyre all up there. If you end up in cheonan though those places are about 3 hours drive away. (I live in Pyeongtaek and its about 2.5-3 hrs for me). a little closer to home is yangji pine resort and jisan which are right next to each other about 40 min away from where I live. They are both VERY small though but like I said its still pretty fun to go. Oak valley is a little bit further and its a bit bigger. I guess everything is comparable to east coast riding. lots of man made snow on small mountains/hills.
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I've been in korea for the last 3 years and i'll tell you the riding is not great. If you're from some of the big winter sports areas ie colorado, utah etc and expect that kind of shred you're gonna be disappointed. that being said tho it is fun, the people are super friendly and its something cool to do. Most of the decent areas are up towards pyeongchang. you could look up yongpyong, alpensia, pheonix, and high 1 resorts online theyre all up there. If you end up in cheonan though those places are about 3 hours drive away. (I live in Pyeongtaek and its about 2.5-3 hrs for me). a little closer to home is yangji pine resort and jisan which are right next to each other about 40 min away from where I live. They are both VERY small though but like I said its still pretty fun to go. Oak valley is a little bit further and its a bit bigger. I guess everything is comparable to east coast riding. lots of man made snow on small mountains/hills.


Are you still going to be there for this season? I pcs there next week, looking for some people to ride with this winter
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You can now fly over to Japan for very cheap, If I were in Korea I would look to make at least one big trip out here in the best season.

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This cheap no frills airline will fly from Busan and Seoul to Osaka and you can connect to fly up to Sapporo. If you book well in advance it can be super cheap.
From Sapporo an hour or two by bus gets you into some of the best powder in the world.
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[QUOTE=dreampow;1025945]You can now fly over to Japan for very cheap, If I were in Korea I would look to make at least one big trip out here in the best season.

Route Map | Peach Aviation

This cheap no frills airline will fly from Busan and Seoul to Osaka and you can connect to fly up to Sapporo. If you book well in advance it can be super cheap.
From Sapporo an hour or two by bus gets you into some of the best powder in the

I'm already planning a trip late January for some splitboarding and resort riding with the wife.
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Where are you planning on riding? I will be in nagano area mostly and looking for split partners. Do you have rescue skills and gear?
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Where are you planning on riding? I will be in nagano area mostly and looking for split partners. Do you have rescue skills and gear?

I have all the avy gear(minus a float bag) and some experience from this past season splitting in the cascades. No official avy classes but the people that I toured with were certified mountain rescue and showed me the basic skills (beacon searches, probing, and digging techniques). Plus I fly medevac, so I'm pretty proficient in keeping people alive

As for where I'm going, still uncertain at this point. Where do you suggest?
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Anywhere however you should look into an ast1 course in hakuba Hakuba Backcountry guides, Avalanche Courses and Magazine
Ill be around there all of jan and till feb 17
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I've been in korea for the last 3 years and i'll tell you the riding is not great. If you're from some of the big winter sports areas ie colorado, utah etc and expect that kind of shred you're gonna be disappointed. that being said tho it is fun, the people are super friendly and its something cool to do. Most of the decent areas are up towards pyeongchang. you could look up yongpyong, alpensia, pheonix, and high 1 resorts online theyre all up there. If you end up in cheonan though those places are about 3 hours drive away. (I live in Pyeongtaek and its about 2.5-3 hrs for me). a little closer to home is yangji pine resort and jisan which are right next to each other about 40 min away from where I live. They are both VERY small though but like I said its still pretty fun to go. Oak valley is a little bit further and its a bit bigger. I guess everything is comparable to east coast riding. lots of man made snow on small mountains/hills.
Second this. I've lived in Korea since 2011, and been to Phoenix Park, Yongpyong and Alpensia. Nothing spectacular (and kinda hard to believe the Olympics will be held here), but they have decent snowmaking equipment and occasionally get some decent snow - short season though, like 3 months tops. All the resorts have ski buses going to/from all corners of Korea (free if you've got a season pass, at least with Phoenix Park), so it's easy to make a weekend of it.

Tried searching for any backcountry guides & all I came up was this (I'm not affiliated with these guys & never been on the trip myself) http://www.teamaxadventure.com/modul...60&ino_code=18 - looks like it is definitely possible to do it yourself if you're adventurous.

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