2018 JISAN FOREST RESORT
The Jisan Forest Resort, which opened in December 1996, makes for the perfect one-day trip from Seoul. It is located only forty minutes from the capital and is covered with beautiful white pines.
The Jisan Forest Resort’s state-of-the-art snow management system works to overcome the weather near the Seoul area and sustain great quality snow. The resort offers nighttime skiing for businessmen and is also perfect for beginners, making it a great getaway for the entire family.
Jisan Forest Ski Resort is a small ski field perfectly suited to families, learners and snowboarders wanting a day out on the mountain. Last time we visited, we stayed in the small city of Yongan-Si, which is considered to be part of the great Seoul metropolitan area and only a mere 15 minute drive from the resort. Generally, it takes about 40 minutes from Gangnam, south of Seoul.
At a relatively low elevation, the resort relies on snowmaking and the gradients are slight. That being said, there is a great snow park and half pipe set up for boarders and skiers keen to test their aerial skills. So good in fact that the park facilities are often used for rail jam and snowboarding competitions. In total, there are 7 main ski slopes and 3 sub-slopes accessed by 5 high-speed lifts. A bonus for city dwellers, Jisan Forest offers nearly round-the-clock slope time, perfect for a night out up the mountain.
This place may not appeal to the avid skier or snowboarder keen for some serious slope time, but it has a lovely charm and good facilities. If you are a first-timer and only have a couple days to spare, this resort is the perfect place. Young families looking for convenience and good facilities for kids, look for further. And if you don't feel like driving back to Seoul or are looking for a weekend away, Jisan Forest Ski Resort also has on resort condominium-style accommodation. There is a ski house at the bottom of the mountain and the resort services include ski school, rental equipment and a great childcare facility. There are plenty of dining options, including Japanese, burger and pizza joints and a cafes.
Furthermore, the Ichon ceramics complex is a mere 15 minutes away, offering a variety of sights to see and ceramicware experience programs to enjoy. Everland Amusement park and a hot springs complex are also located very close by.