MWR ski trips give GIs easy access to slopes
January 8, 2008
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Ski buffs and beginners at U.S. Forces Korea military bases have some new options on the slopes this year.
Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs are now offering trips to the year-old High 1 Ski Resort in Gangwon Province. Meanwhile, the older but larger Yongpyong Ski Resort has added to its terrain park.
Located in the northeastern Gangwon Province, High 1 includes 18 ski slopes, lodging and a casino.
The skiing difficulty levels range from the bunny slope to two slopes certified by the World Cup board that people describe as “inconceivably frightening,” said High 1 spokesman Gil Kyung-duk.
Foreigners shouldn’t have any difficulty at the resort, Gil said.
“Every sign is bilingual in Hangeul and English and many staff members can speak in English, too,” he said.
Army MWR in Area I offers multiple trips to High 1, with a four-day, three-night package from Jan. 19 to Jan. 22 costing $210 including transportation and room. Participants must sign up at the nearest community activity center by Jan. 17. Ski rentals and lift tickets cost extra.
Rooms in the High 1 area normally cost $150 to $300 per night, Gil said.
Yongpyong, or “Dragon Valley,” is older than High 1 but includes 25 slopes and the new Dragon Park, a theme park with a half-pipe, quarter-pipe, ramps and moguls.
Yongpyong has hosted World Cup events and is known by many Koreans as the film site of the highly rated “Winter Sonata” soap opera.
The next MWR trip to Yongpyong is Jan. 12, with sign-up by Jan. 10. The resort is located in Pyeongchang, which is about four hours from Seoul.
Bears Town in Pocheon is about an hour’s drive from Uijeongbu. It has 11 slopes and a sledding field.
Lift tickets at each of the resorts range from 25,000 to 60,000 won (about $28-$66), depending on time of day and time on the slopes.
The next MWR Bears Town trip is on Jan. 26, with sign-up required by Jan. 24.
Stars and Stripes reporter Hwang Hae-rym contributed to this report.
Getting there on your own
High 1 Ski ResortPhone: 02-1330 for English-speaking Korea Tourism hotline. They can help with connection to the resort.
Transportation: High 1 Ski Train boarding at 8 a.m., Seoul Station. Call 02-1588-7789 for English reservations. Cost is 45,000 won round trip.
Regular trains leave Seoul’s Line 1 Cheongnyangni Station and cost 28,600 won round trip. Trains leave six to seven times daily. Both trains take about four hours each way.
Yongpyong Ski ResortPhone: 033-335-5757, 02-3270-1230/3
Web site:www.yongpyong.co.kr (Korean and English)
Transportation: From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Hoenggye (takes three hours). Then use the free shuttle bus.
The Daewon Express travel agency bus is also available. Fees are 14,000 won one-way or 26,000 won round trip. Call Daewon at 02-575-7710.
Bears TownPhone: (02) 594-8188, (031) 540-5000
Transportation: Shuttle buses are available at multiple Seoul subway stops. For timetables and locations, visit the Web site.
Courtesy of High 1, Yongpyong and Bears Town ski resorts