Korean ski resorts set to open

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At the High1 Ski Resort in Korea’s western province of Gangwon, preparations are in
full-swing to open up the first slopes of the winter season.
The resort has been attracting a growing number of tourists, even ahead of its grand opening.

“We came before the ski resort opened, but it’s great now that they’re making the snow just in time. I think many people will come when it’s officially open.”

Some 70 artificial snow-making units have been operating around the clock, with plans to open the country’s first trails for skiers on November 15th.
Equipment rental shops have been busy prepping new boots and skis, while final maintenance and safety checks are underway on the mountain slopes and lifts.

“We’re committed to checking and installing safety facilites so guests can enjoy skiing or boarding in a safe environment.”

Snow cannons have also been running full-blast, day and night, here at the Yongpyong Ski Resort in Gangwon Province.
Known as “Korea’s Ski Mecca,” the resort is set to host snowboarding and alpine skiing events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games.
Despite the lack of real snow, operators say the initial slopes will offer quality runs.

“Even though the ski resort is now open, snow is still being made at night so that many more slopes can open up.”

Other major ski resorts in Gangwon Province, such as Alpensia and the Vivaldi Park Ski World, will officially open runs on November 22nd, with the Taebaek O2 Resort scheduled to open by the end of this month.

Paul Yi, Arirang News

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