February 2018 brings Korea’s Gangwon Province into the spotlight for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, an event expected to welcome around 26,000 participants from 111 countries. Favorable snow conditions in the nation’s most northeastern province have made it a focal point for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports, and therefore the home of many of Korea’s top ski resorts. Following are some of the top venues for winter leisure – including two Olympics venues – all of which additionally offer plenty of space for meetings.
Located in the Pyeongchang region itself and set to host the cross-country skiing, biathlon, and ski jumping events as well as house one of the Olympic Villages, Alpensia Resort contains six slopes for skiing and snowboarding.
Alpensia also offers Gangwon’s best concentration of events and accommodation facilities. Meetings can take full advantage of the Alpensia Convention Center, which spans a total floor space of 48,900m², offers 14 meeting rooms and a main event space for up to 2,500 persons. Overnight guests, meanwhile, can stay at one of Alpensia’s three accommodation facilities: the 238-room five-star Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort, 212-room Holiday-Inn Resort, or 419-room Holiday-Inn Suites.
Alpensia Ocean 700 (spas, hot spring)
Phoenix Snow Park
Hosting the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events, Phoenix Snow Park – also located in the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster – is a massive resort facility with an indoor/outdoor water park open year-round (the outdoor spas staying open in winter) in addition to other leisure sports. Phoenix offers twenty-one courses for skiing and snowboarding, with slope elevations up to 390m.
Groups can use the park for fun incentive-based activities while also holding meetings in any of the 15 function rooms available, which hold a total capacity of 1,050 persons. Accommodation is available either in condominium style at the 756-room Phoenix Condo or at Phoenix The Hotel, which provides 141 guestrooms.
Birthplace of Lee Hyoseok (culture village)
Hanu beef: The cow breed behind the famous Korean beef originate from the nearby Hoengseong region – local restaurant Gohyang Iyagi specializes in hanu dishes, offering 126 seats for diners.
While not hosting the Winter Olympics, Vivaldi Park is the most conveniently-located of the three resorts, being only one hour’s drive away from Seoul. The truly all-in-one resort not only includes a ‘Ski World’, but also a water park (with indoor spa house), golf club, and equestrian club, along with other leisure facilities for everything from badminton to bowling. Spread out across several locations in the park, Vivaldi’s 17 meeting spaces can accommodate everything from small gatherings for less than 40 persons to large-scale banquets for up to 1,000. The condominium-style Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park provides the on-site accommodation and includes 2,324 rooms.
Healience Zen Village (wellness center)