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Slideshow: Let's Ski Korea

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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.

YongPyong, the first ski resort in South Korea, opened in 1975 on the slopes of Mr. Balwansan, four hours south of Seoul.

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On-slope fast-food fish shack, where skiers stop for their midmorning mug of fish broth

On-slope fast-food fish shack, where skiers stop for their midmorning mug of fish broth

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Larger-than-life billboard hawking makeup

Larger-than-life billboard hawking makeup

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Puppet-waggling lift line attendants

Puppet-waggling lift line attendants

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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.)

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.

Take a break and watch the ski patrol go through their daily routine.

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You never know what you'll see on the South Korean slopes.  A swig of Confidence could help you tackle the nigh-skiing scene.

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.

A dose of serenity may be in order to weather the liftlines.

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