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YongPyong, the first ski resort in South Korea, opened in 1975 on the slopes of Mr. Balwansan, four hours south of Seoul.
On-slope fast-food fish shack, where skiers stop for their midmorning mug of fish broth
Larger-than-life billboard hawking makeup
Puppet-waggling lift line attendants
A ski “bunny finds her legs on YongPyong’s beginner hill.
The line for the 30-minute gondola ride to the summit requires patience and a good bit of pushing and shoving (it’s OK — everybody does it.)
Take a break and watch the ski patrol go through their daily routine.
You never know what you’ll see on the South Korean slopes. A swig of Confidence could help you tackle the nigh-skiing scene.
A dose of serenity may be in order to weather the liftlines.