My wife, 12 yr old son and I have just spent a great 4 days skiing at Alpensia staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Hotel. I am an intermediate skier, wife and son beginners. I have written a long review to include as much useful information as possible on logistics as Koreans generally don’t speak English and most signs are in Korean.
We had a Deluxe Room which was spacious and with one queen bed and a large single bed was enough without the cost of an extra bed ($40 a day).
I booked the Winter Ski package which was good value including breakfast for two (otherwise its $26 per adult, $14 per child under 12) and 2 half day lift passes per day as well as 50% of ski rentals. In any case the Hotel Card itself gives you 30% discount on lifts and rentals.
The staff were very helpful and courteous. They booked the shuttle bus both ways and sent info by email before our holiday.
The resort has 1 easy run (Alpha), 2 intermediate runs (Bravo, Charlie) and 3 advanced runs (Delta –Foxtrot). All are short taking about 10-15 mins up and down. The hotel is next to the lifts and Ski House so extremely convenient. At no time did we have to queue for a lift.
The sessions are 8.30 - 12.30, 12.30 – 16.30, then closed for 2 hours whilst the runs are groomed, then 18.30 – 22.00 floodlit skiing. We took a late breakfast and skied each afternoon and some evenings although its cold at night. The hotels half day lift pass cannot be upgraded to a Daytime (am+pm) pass unfortunately. A half day (am or pm) lift pass is $50 before discount, a Daytime pass is $65, Full Day (daytime +evening) is $80. Evenings are just $25. All are about 25% cheaper for kids.
Ski rentals. Daytime $26, half day $22, evening $22, pm+evening $27.
Ski lessons. The Group lessons are only for Koreans. Individual lessons in English start at $200 for 2 hours one-one, not cheap! My wife and son teamed up with 2 other beginners at a total cost of $240 for 2 hours. After that they skied both the easy run and later the “Bravo” intermediate run. The “Charlie” run is steep and difficult.
Jackets and pants can be rented ($10 per half day/evening, no discounts) and goggles, hats and ski gloves bought cheaply in the resort.
Several choices including Domino Pizza. The Korean restaurant on the corner opposite the Ski House is popular, well priced and the food is good.
You can fork out $300+ for a taxi from the airport (its over 300km) or Seoul. We stayed in Seoul the first night (at the excellent Metro Hotel reached by airport bus 5015) then took the purple ski shuttle bus to the resort from Jamsil station (100m up the road from exit 4 of the subway station). 3-4 buses leave at 9am and take 2 and a half hours. Be there by 8.45 as it’s a popular service. Cost $16 pp. Buses also go from the airport to Alpensia. The shuttle stops at the Holiday Inn Welcome Centre a short walk from the Hotel.
The main problem for us was from Alpensia to the airport. We had an 8pm flight so had to be sure of our transport. The only bus we could book left at 9.30 reaching the airport at 12.30. The next bus at 14.30 could not be booked so there was a risk it could be full as it originates from Gangneum, 30 mins away. The hotel suggested we taxi to Gangneum ($45) to ensure a seat on the bus. In the end the hotel booked us on the 12.30 shuttle bus to Seoul (there are 3 a day at 9.30, 12.30 and 16.30) and we then used the 6006 bus to the airport. The 6006 bus stop is just 50m from the Jamsil arrival stop and runs every 15-20 mins. We arrived at Incheon airport at 17.30. Note that a ticket must be bought at a desk inside the Holiday Inn Welcome Centre before boarding the shuttle bus.
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