Yongpyong Ski Resort
|Yongpyong Ski Resort|
|Revised Romanization||Yongpyeong Rijoteu|
In addition to skiing, the resort offers golf in the summer months. It is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Korea. The resort is owned by the Unification Church (the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity), a new religious movement founded by Sun Myung Moon, through the Tongil Group. Yongpyeong-myeon, a nearby township (myeon), is not related to the resort.
The ski season runs from November to early April. It has 31 slopes, 15 different lift facilities, including one cable car lift at a length of 3.7 km (2.3 mi), and Korea's largest ski house (Dragon Plaza).
Yongpyong Resort was one of the three main sites of the 1999 Asian Winter Games which were hosted by Gangwon. It has hosted men's World Cup slalom and giant slalom events in four seasons (1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006) and also the IPC Disabled Alpine World Cup. The resort hosted the 2009 Biathlon World Championships, although the event was marred by lack of snow due to an unseasonable warmth, and criticized for poor spectator attendance.
Yongpyong will host the technical alpine skiing events of slalom and giant slalom for the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang. It was also involved in the bids for 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics (missing out to Vancouver and Sochi, respectively). Nearby Jeongseon Alpine Centre is being developed to host the alpine speed events of Downhill, Super-G, and Combined.
The resort was also used as a filming location for 2013 Seoul Broadcasting System drama That Winter, the Wind Blows. The filming, during a two nights and three days film shoot at the Resort, was featured in a pictorial in Issue 97 March 2013 edition of fashion magazine, High Cut, with lead actors Jo In-sung and Song Hye-kyo featured on the cover.
- Yoon, Chul (27 December 2011). "7 best ski and snowboard resorts in Korea". CNN Go. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- Yongpyong Resort Archived September 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Tongil Group
- Life in Korea Archived August 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (8 March 2013). "That Winter, The Wind Blows Gets Beautifully Captured on High Cut". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
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