People often look at you blankly when you tell them that it snows in Korea let alone that Korea is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. But on midnight 2 July 2011, Pyeongchang was declared the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, edging out contenders like Munich, Germany and Annecy, France.
On Tuesday the Korean Tourism Organisation unveiled its new tourism slogan and campaign aimed at attracting more foreign travellers to Korea. The Imagine Your Korea slogan was chosen from 9,000 entries received through a public contest last year.
The legendary World Heli Challenge held in the New Zealand, South Island unveils a fresh new format this year.
An online shootout called the “Call Up” opens up the event to skiers and boarders from around the globe who can win their way into the Challenge. The successful top two teams from the “Call Up” are rewarded with an unparalleled heli-accessed Heli Challenge week free riding around Aoraki Mt Cook and Ohau, international media exposure and a shot at NZ$14,000 cash and NZ$18,000 in prizes.
There is nothing else to say - food in Korea is the bomb! And with its vast variety of tasty morsels combined with the enjoyment of cooking, socialising and eating all at the same time, the Korean BBQ is no exception.
Well, the last snows have finally melted, the golf courses are green and neatly mowed and the flowers are in bloom, all in time for everyone to enjoy the Korean summer and sunshine after a long snowy winter. Some of us could happily snowboard and ski all year round, but as Mother Earth's cycle spins we have taken the time to map out some alternative entertainment to pass the time...
As the season attempts to draw to a close (it's STILL snowing in Pyeongchang!), and for those who missed it, here's our article as published by our mates over at The Skiing Department. 14 14 14 in Korea, it's a wrap!
Why go to Korea for Skiing?
Snow holidays in Korea are one of the best kept secrets, with most people not even knowing that the Korean Peninsular gets some great snow in the Northern Hemisphere winter. With the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in the Pyeongchang Region, no doubt this will increase international recognition and
Sajo Resort (Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do)
Sajo Resort is the only ski resort in the Chungcheong-do region, located in the Suanbo Hot Spring Complex in Chungju,
The village of Hoenggye is the service centre of the area and has all the essentials for your snow holiday. Once you come off the motorway from Seoul you will notice that every second shop is a ski shop and they (usually) open early and close late to catch travellers coming into town at all hours.
Bears Town Ski Resort (Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do)
Bears Town Resort is a great place for a one-day ski and snowboard trip since it's only about 50 minutes away from Seoul.