Last updated on December 20th, 2020
December in Korea means icy cold winters, a white Christmas, and of course, the chance to ski or snowboard at one of the many resorts in the country. As soon as winter hit, I headed to Oak Valley Ski Resort (오크밸리 리조트) to test out their slopes in an attempt to improve my somewhat amateur skiing ability.
Here’s everything you need to know about planning your Oak Valley ski day tour including how to get there from Seoul and what to expect!
About Oak Valley Ski Resort, Korea
Oak Valley Resort is one of the closest ski resorts to Seoul, lying only 100km from the capital city. The short 90-min drive means it’s easily accessible and hence many people make their way here for a day tour from Seoul.
After spending a day skiing at the popular Vivaldi Ski Park, I was pleased to find that Oak Valley is a far less commercial ski resort. It has a relaxed atmosphere, with many families visiting the park to enjoy a day on the slopes. The resort is foreigner-friendly with all signage being in both Korean and English.
Oak Valley Snow Park
The resort prides itself on being a premium ski park for the whole family. With wide slopes that have a gentle incline, Oak Valley Snow Park attracts many beginners who are eager to learn and improve their skiing.
3 ski lifts lead to 2 beginner, 5 intermediate, and 2 advanced courses, with the longest slope being 1.6km.
The Ski Slopes at Oak Valley, Korea
Unfortunately, you won’t find many long ski slopes in Korea when compared to the likes of Europe or Japan. This is something I’ve come to realize after visiting some of the best ski resorts near Seoul.
But, whilst they may not be as impressive as you’d hoped for, they still make for an awesome day out!
The beginner slope at Oak Valley Ski Resort is wide and long, offering more space for beginners to practice. There was often a queue for the beginner ski lift but it was no longer than a 5-minute wait.
The intermediate slopes appear scary at first, but they’re less crowded and offer a nice long ride. The snow was icy in areas, but fluffy and soft in others. The queues for the intermediate/advanced ski lifts were very short, and I didn’t have to wait to grab a spot on one of them.
Ski Equipment, Gear Rental, And Facilities at Oak Valley
Oak Valley Ski Resort lives up to the high standards of Korean ski parks, with top-class facilities, ski courses, and many restaurants around the resort.
As with all Korean ski parks, don’t expect a nice cozy bar with a fire going in the corner. The restaurants are simple and offer a quick stop to carbo-load before hitting the slopes again.
There are many ski shops en route to the ski park which offer equipment and clothing for rental at a reduced rate compared to renting these at the resort. There is also a ski shop at Oak Valley where you can purchase gloves, goggles, beanies, and everything you need to ensure you stay warm and comfortable on the slopes.
Lockers are available and will cost you 1 000 won for the day rental.
How to Get to Oak Valley Ski Resort From Seoul
Oak Valley Ski Resort is a 90-minute drive east of Seoul and is accessible via a free shuttle service operated by the resort. You can find out more information here.
Alternatively, you can book an Oak Valley ski day tour through an operator who will provide you with transportation, as well as all your ski passes, gear, and lift tickets. I highly recommend going this route as time on the slopes is valuable and you want to get there early before the crowds arrive.
Oak Valley Ski Prices
When booking directly with Oak Valley Ski Resort, a full day lift pass will cost you 76 000 won ($70). After purchasing this you will need to hire clothing, 24 000 won ($20), and ski/snowboard gear, 34 000 won ($30).
This works out to a total of 134 000 won ($125) for a day at Oak Valley Snow Park.
Oak Valley Resort Korea: Package Costs
For tourists, the easiest way to go skiing in Korea is to book a ski package through a tour company such as Klook or Trazy. Both offer great deals on ski packages for foreigners which saves you the hassle of trying to find your way around an unfamiliar resort.
The buses leave from Myeongdong Station at 07:30 and you will arrive back in Seoul by 18:30.
My Oak Valley Ski Resort Review
Overall, I preferred Oak Valley Ski Resort to Vivaldi Ski Park in Korea.
Did I mention that I don’t like crowds? And me skiing down a mountain filled with novice snowboarders and 4-year-olds learning to ski is a recipe for disaster! But I may have been lucky as I chose to visit Oak Valley on a Sunday, which was probably the reason for the uncrowded slopes.
As with other ski resorts in Korea, the ski park at Oak Valley isn’t a great as those in the US or Europe, but it’s close to Seoul and makes for a great day out!
- Costs: $80-$100 for a day tour
- Recommended tour: 1 Day Ski Package
- Distance from Seoul: 1.5 hour drive
- Time needed: Full day
- Best time to go: During the week, or Sunday, when it’s less busy
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