Seoul 2015: Jisan Forest Ski Tour

26 Apr

One of the things that we really looked forward to during our #SeoulSearching trip were the winter activities.

Photo grabbed from seoulcitytour.com

Being a first timer, it was a must that we tried out at least one extreme winter sport…

Jisan Ski Forest Resort

Address: San 28-1 Haewol-ri, Majang-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Tel: 82-31-638-8460 / 82-31-532-7474
Website: www.jisanresort.co.kr

We conveniently booked a tour through Studio 41st and were picked up at the early hour of 7 am. This was grueling given Korea was an hour ahead and this had sleeping implications given our delayed flight. Good thing the bus was nice and warm that we were able to snooze away through out the whole drive.

Next thing we knew, we were off the bus and we were then surrounded by a vast snow forest.

Dressing up properly was the first order of business. We were given time to turn in our winter clothes for a more functional (and flashier) outfit. We were free to pick whatever suits our style, just as long as the fit allowed us to squat properly.

Our outfit won’t be complete without some gloves. And as per our tour guide, some ski goggles. He upsold us by sharing that most would break their sun glasses when they’d fall and at the same time the snow would reflect back the sun’s blinding light. We believed him.

All dressed up and ready to go, we were headed for the slopes!

After a short walk, we finally had our first sighting of snow. We were all ready to run in and take some photos….but our plans were put into a stop when the guide told us that we had to head over to the ski shop to get our gear.

At this point, we realized that prepping up for skiing (especially for a first timer) was a really long process.

After efficiently getting our shoe sizes and equipment, it was time for a quick lesson. Walking around with our poles and skis without injuring innocent bystanders, wearing our boots (and walking with them) and locking them on our skis were discussed.

With wide smiles and uncontainable excitement, it was now time to apply our lesson in the real skiing world.  I was excited to ride a ski lift and effortlessly glide my way down the slope. But apparently, those were only for pros.

I soon realized when we were left on our own that skiing was harder than it looked. Moving forward, stopping and walking were only things that I could manage to do. And this was all done in the “non-extreme” area that barely had any incline.

Skiing was hard work and so we felt the need to reward ourselves with some lunch. We entered the nearest food hall where we elbowed our way to finding a seat versus the numerous ski students.

We took our sweet time enjoying the food, the heat and resting our feet. But all good breaks come to an end…….

Strengthened by our lunch, we were more aggressive on our second round. Yet despite our disposition, we inevitably slipped and fell.

Meanwhile, R was deemed a natural skier by our instructor. He was taught some advance moves and was even invited by our guide to go farther and higher along the slope. Us girls just took our time, taking photos here and there. 

We eventually tapped out early and stayed by the outdoor heaters with our warm drinks.

Soon enough, it was time for snacks. We checked the other side of the ski resort that had a view of the steeper slopes. We were amazed with the pro snow boarders who went down with ease.

We were also amazed by food items like these that beckoned for a purchase.

Soon enough our ski adventure was over. The end of the tour was a visit to the Ginseng Center which did not allow any picture taking.

We were shuttled off to Hongdae, our next destination for that evening.

And that was a wrap for our Jisan Forest Ski Tour.  ❤

Join me as I track back on my first adventure for 2015 in the following blog posts…

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6 Responses to “Seoul 2015: Jisan Forest Ski Tour”

  1. liamjameshaddock April 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Looks like a fun time!

    • androrono April 27, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      It was! 🙂 Although it was really a struggle for newbies like me. Haha.

  2. Rosh January 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi, just wondering of there’s a locker where you can leave your bags ay Jisan Resort? Cant possibly bring backpacks while skiing lol

    • androrono February 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

      Hi Rosh! We left our things in the tour bus. As for clothes, when we changed, we were asked to place our clothes in plastic bags and left it at the store for our rented ski gear 🙂 There’s definitely a place to leave your bags!

  3. Soleil Arceo June 15, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    Hi 🙂 Planning on going to Jisan Ski Resort as well. May I ask how much you had to shell out for equipment, clothing rental, shuttle, etc? Not including food 🙂 Big thanks!

    • androrono June 23, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi! 🙂 We booked through our hostel (http://www.studio41st.com/). We were charged 75,000 KRW per head. Includes all items already except food. Hope you push through!

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