Vivaldi Park Ski World: New Year’s Eve and An Afternoon of Skiing

90 minutes from Seoul is the ski valley of Vivaldi Park Ski World. During ski season, there are free shuttle buses (upon reservations) from various locations in Seoul to the ski valley.

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We arrived at Vivaldi Park around 11PM on New Year’s Eve and we weren’t able to make reservations at the park itself (fully booked because of New Year’s) but we managed to get a little pension at Leisure Dreams, five minutes away from the valley grounds. As we were barely at the pension for six hours (just to sleep), all I can say is that it was a good place to sleep for 4-5 hours.

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The ski valley has a special sunrise event for New Year’s as Koreans tend to celebrate the first sunrise, rather than the countdown to the New Year. We took a gondola up to the peak…

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were greeted by very enthusiastic balloon-holding park employees (very, very enthusiastic for 6:30 in the morning)…

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… and proceeded to wait for the sunrise at around 7:42am.

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By 7:30am, everyone was waiting outside with their balloons.

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And when it was time for the sunrise, we all counted down and released the balloons.

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It made for quite a sight.

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It’s definitely one New Year I’m never going to forget.

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Later on, we took a beginner training lesson for skiing. Although I already know how to ski – I learned as a child – it’s been several years since I actually took to the slopes. So I took the lesson as a refresher course, which was probably for the best as it allowed me to remember certain things and get back into it easier.

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During our afternoon on the slopes, we only skied on the two Easier slopes – Bluse and Ballad – we did have complete beginners with us. And while Ballad was fun, Bluse was more of the baby slope and allowed for perfecting those skills.

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I’m quite excited to go again. While I do want to go skiing on some of the more challenging slopes, I’m also quite eager to learn snowboarding. Perhaps that will be my New Year’s resolution.

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