Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
in Alps Resort
Freeriding. Don’t come here for the freeriding. With more snow than anywhere else in Korea there is the potential for some fun runs down the gullies at Alps but the trees are not well spaced. These runs are usually fenced off and guarded by the resorts army of ski patrollers who seem to make it their mission to eliminate fun. That said, the ski patrol is inexperienced when it comes to trees and powder so if you do take off into these thickly forested gullies they are unlikely to pursue you. Should you be apprehended, speaking quickly in English is usually enough to deter any further reprimand.
Freestyle. Natural hits are fairly limited across the resort but the Champion B run to the skiers right at the summit has some fun little hips before it leads down into the board park. This is known as the “Board Play Zone” and is also serviced by the Alps chair. It contains a variety of small boxes and rails and two poorly maintained table tops. Helmets must be worn.
Pistes. All of Korea’s resorts are immaculately groomed. At Alps speed freaks can cut some nice turns down the steep Paradise and Champion A runs. Even though this resort is extremely small, on weekdays you’ll be one of only 5 or 10 people on the mountain and should be able to carve the corduroy for most of the day.
Beginners. If rookies avoid the Paradise and Champion lifts there isn’t much on this mountain that can’t be mastered in a day. There is a snowboard school but don’t expect to find an English speaking instructor.READ NEXT: Village life, accommodation & nightlife