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Oct242012

agoda.com recommends top hotels for ski holidays in Korea

agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is offering recommendations on fantastic hotels to take advantage of the crisp and popular ski season in South Korea.

When people think of the world’s top ski locations, they usually think of Colorado or Switzerland or Canada – a list that has not traditionally included South Korea. But considering the fact that 75% of the country is covered in rugged mountains, you might start seeing it on the list more often as people catch on. The weather between mid-November and mid-February is perfect for laying down a powdery blanket of snow on the two dozen or so ski hills that lie within a few hours’ drive of Seoul, many of them huge, multi-run slopes with world-class facilities. And of course we can’t forget the presence of many natural hot springs, always a perfect way to unwind after a long day of snowy fun.

But it’s not only pros that come to South Korea to strap on a pair of skis (or a snowboard!) to try their luck on some epic runs, such as the 6km-long Silk Road Slope at Muju Ski Resort. A full range of facilities at almost every location you choose makes sure that everyone from beginners to intermediates to families with small children can enjoy the full experience of a winter ski vacation. World-class restaurants prepare expansive meals, areas for skating or tobogganing are ready to enjoy, and many resorts offer extras like casinos, movie theaters or live music performances if you want to take some time away from skiing.

Indeed, the hotels suggested below have long played a big part in helping guests enjoy their ski vacation in Korea. As an example, a previous guest at the Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort said: “The hotel was very clean and the facilities were top notch. The room and bed was so comfortable that my husband wanted to stay an extra day! It is next to Alpensia ski area, but the Yong Pyong ski area is less than 5km away. There is also an indoor water park in the resort complex that families would find a lot of fun, or for couples who want to soak in the hot tubs after skiing all day.”

As you may expect from a country with Korea’s reputation for efficiency, all of the hills are neatly manicured and tended by high-tech equipment and experienced managers who keep ski conditions optimal. Trained first-aid staff are always available and there are more than enough equipment rental shops to take care of anything you need. And don’t forget – most of Korea’s hills are open 24hrs a day!

With all that to offer, agoda.com is recommending these hotels as the perfect base for your ski vacation. The winter high season is a truly special time in this area and these hotels are operating at their peak, allowing you experience the best of an alpine winter, a vibrant sports community, and plenty of time to relax and unwind. Take a look at what’s available below and get ready to spend a few days on some of Asia’s best ski slopes.

Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort 5*

Phoenix Park Hotel & Condo 5*

Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang 5*

High1 Hotel 4.5*

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