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Korea’s Newest and Closest Ski Resort to Seoul
Konjiam Resort, only 40 minutes away from Seoul, attracts winter sport lovers
Korea’s Newest and Closest Ski Resort to Seoul
  • By matthew
  • December 15, 2009, 00:00
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KOREA’S latest ski resort, and the closest one to Seoul, has been open only a year, but has already developed a solid customer base due to the resort’s easy accessibility, proximity to Seoul, innovative programs and world-class facilities. The resort’s area totals 150,000 and consists of a ski resort, lodging facilities, spa, convention & wedding facilities and restaurants.

Considering the increasing number of snowboarders, Konjiam Resort doubled the width of its 11 slopes, with the widest slope being 159 m wide. The longest slope stretching from the base to the top is 1.8 km.

Among the many innovative systems that the resort introduced, the “Slope Limiting Capacity,” a system that limits the number of people allowed on the slopes to 7,000 in order to reduce the waiting time for the ski lifts to less than 10 minutes is perhaps the skiers’ favorite. This system might reduce the resorts’ potential income by restricting the number of people on the slopes, but it will bring more satisfaction to its guests by delivering a more pleasant and safer skiing environment. Another innovative system that only Konjiam Resort offers is the “Online Advanced Booking System” which enables skiers to reserve and purchase lift tickets in advance on the resort’s Web site and even receive a 10% discount. Thanks to these two new innovative systems, skiers can cut the waiting time at ticket offices and lifts by half.

Another reason for the resort’s popularity is its proximity and accessibility. The resort is located in Gyeonggi Province, only 40 minutes away from Seoul’s Gangnam. Therefore, skiers can enjoy night skiing even on a week night and still return home the same night.

A boutique hotel styled condominium with 476 guestrooms and suites is available for those who need accommodation. The exquisite spa is another reason why skiers want to stay at the resort longer. The spa offers several different spa programs and facilities for city dwellers to spend all day in. The spa has introduced “Hello 2010 Spa Party” a promotion which mainly targets female and family guests. The promotion offers organic spa-cuisine, passes to the library inside the spa, and wine and cake to guests who make reservations for the spa’s 3, 6 or 12 hour wellness programs.

To celebrate the Christmas season, Konjiam Resort introduces various types of Christmas Santa Clause Festival in collaboration with the Santa Clause Association.

From December 19 to 27, performers in Santa Clause costumes will perform orchestral music, brass band music and magic shows. Photo sessions with Santa Clauses at different points around the resort will provide visitors with magical and unforgettable moments. Magicians in Santa Clause costumes will perform magic shows throughout the resort as well as give out candy to children. On the evening of New Year’s Eve, the resort’s ski instructors and safety patrol team members will ski down the slopes holding torches, counting down for the New Year’s Day, following a New Year’s Eve concert featuring renowned singers and Bboys from Korea.

La Grotta, the restaurant near the ski house is a unique restaurant, boasting the biggest wine cave in Korea and modeled after California style wineries. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine and stores a variety of wines from around the world in its own wine cave, as well as offering wine tasting events and wine classes for wine lovers.