So, last weekend Jade and I went skiing in High 1 resort, one of Korea most prestigious resorts, with what’s said to be the best snow. Now skiing here doesn’t exactly have the best rep, as it’s often said to be overcrowded and very icy. Our experience was fortunately quite different though, and if you head there on a weekday like we did, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by empty runs, decent snow, and a relatively cheap day out.

The slopes looked quite dramatic between the snowless forests

The slopes looked quite dramatic between the snowless forests

We arrived in Gohan feeling tired and hungover, after having partied into the New Year in style. But by some kind of miracle, after wandering around town looking miserable, we managed to score a fantastic price in the town’s best hotel, and checked into our log cabin style room very happy.  Next stop was skis and boots. The resort town is abundant with them and you can find a really nice one on the Eastern edge of the town, where the guys who run it are super friendly. Details can be found below.

We then found Samgyeopsal and, as is usual with this meal, mountains of pork and spicy soup made everything fantastic. An early night was in order, and we spent it preparing clothes and my GoPro for it’s first real day of action testing.

Day 1 – Thursday

We hit the slopes early, and were at the top of the mountain by 09:00 with (almost) empty runs ahead of us. This was Jade and I’s first time skiing together and, being a sport that we both love, it was awesome. We tore down the mountain, videoing and loving life, and knocked out all the higher level slopes in the morning. The place isn’t huge, but it’s awesome on a good day of clear skis and not too many skiiers.

Soon enough lunch was in order, as ramen just isn’t enough for a day of sport, and KFC swiftly filled a hole. You see, unlike skiing in the Alps, where one is faced with an abundance of choice, at the valley centre at High 1 it’s either chicken or pizza. Nevertheless, it was awesome, and before long we were back on the lifts heading to the top of the mountain. We bombed down the runs all afternoon and had a fantastic time.

Ready for the day

Ready for the day

The happy skiiers

The happy skiiers

Our favourite slopes were up this lift

Our favourite slopes were up the Victoria lift

Looking kind of 80s (minus the GoPro)

Looking kind of 80s (minus the GoPro)

The snowless surroundings at sunset

The snowless surroundings at sunset

Before we knew it though, our lift passes were up, and the first day had come to an end. We went back and hung out in our room, watching GoPro footage over a few beers and then wandered out in search of food. Our quest in this small area of town was short and we settled on chicken again- it was fantastic. Unsurprising, as chicken is always fantastic in Korea.

Day 2 – Friday

For our second day we went for the afternoon and evening pass, which is valid from 12:30 through to 22:30 and enjoyed another fantastic day on the slopes. I’d really recommend getting a night ski pass at least once if you head there, as it was a highlight for both of us. And considering that High 1 resort is small, it added another dimension to skiing the same slopes.

Half the mountain is open and lit up, and it feels like a dream as you cruise down the slopes into the night sky. It’s worth noting that despite being Friday night, it wasn’t too busy. Koreans tend to go nuts for the beginner slopes.

Ready for the night

Ready for the night

The wonderfully empty slopes at night

The wonderfully empty slopes at night

Floodlit night sky

Floodlit night sky

High 1 resort at night

High 1 resort at night

Anyway, it was a fantastic couple of days skiing, and we’re excited to go again when Jade’s family come to visit in Februrary. I’d recommend to all expats out there in Korea to get yourselves to High 1 resort, and hopefully this post and the video below will give you a little taste of what it’s like to ski High 1 style!

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The Nitty Gritty

Where we stayed: Hi-Land Hotel in Gohan, the area of town right below the ski lift. We paid 50,000₩ for a double room although it is usually around 20-30,000₩ more than this. Basically try and barter!

How we got there: We caught the 12:40 bus from Daegu’s Northern Bus terminal (Bukbu). There are 9 per day at around one and a half hour intervals. It cost 20,040₩ one way.

How we got back: We got the bus back to Bukbu around 11am and there are similarly around 9 buses per day. The price was also the same.

Who we hired from: We hired our skis, my salophettes and our lift passes from Seven Ski, located 5 minute walk as you turn left out of Hi-Land Hotel. It cost us 130,000₩ for two days. It worked out at 19 hours skiing so we were pretty happy![/symple_box]

Have you been skiing this season? What about in Korea? Comment below, we really love to hear from you.

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