Facilities in the gym include: gym with all the usual equipment you’d find
back home; a swimming pool; large sports hall with basketball facilities, table tennis tables and badminton courts;
a squash court and indoor golf. You can borrow equipment (balls, racquets etc.) for free, simply by asking at the
Although slightly tricky at first for foreigners to find all of the facilities on offer here, and a little
more expensive than many tourist spots in Korea, High 1 and Kangwon Land are well worth a visit, and make what
would otherwise be a sleepy little mountain town a must-visit destination for foreigners and Korean tourists
alike. This guide aims to help you navigate the resort, and find everything you are looking for...
Skiing and Snowboarding
People who don’t actually live in the area will be most likely to plan a visit to High One during the ski season.
There is so much to think about, so where do you start?
Equipment and Clothing Rental
As mentioned on our town page for Gohan, there are many rental shops available, all with similar prices and all offering
discounted access to the resort. However, not many stores benefit from having English speaking staff, so we recommend
the following two shops, depending on which part of town you are in: High One 2 Ski – located above the Family Mart next
to Tous Les Jours on the main street in Gohan. The owner, Deokhwan, is very sweet and helpful and has helped many
westerners in the area - not only to rent and buy equipment; but also with information about High One; help purchasing
tickets and season passes; and even rides in his car to the resort! Very kind and helpful service, he is worth seeking
out if you are in central Gohan. If you are nearer Sabuk, then check out High 1 Skiplus, owned by Jimin Park, a lovely
Korean girl who also speaks great English. This shop is located between Gohan and Sabuk, and the website is
www.high1skiplus.com. It’s in Korean, but gives you an idea
of what’s on offer. For more information, you can call Jimin on 010-6380-7608. Prices
vary for both shops, depending on what you need to rent, but for the basic rental of a snowboard and boots, it would cost
about 25,000 won for the day.
Getting to the Resort
You have a couple of choices. Either be very nice to the staff at the rental shop, and if they are not too busy, they will
give you a ride and pick you up again when you’re done!! In the event that the shops are packed with people in peak season,
then you can take a free shuttle bus to the resort. The shop owners can advise you where to catch this and what time it
leaves – the Gohan bus departs from near the train station and there is one leaving every 30 minutes. The journey only
takes a few minutes.
Buying Tickets (Lift Passes)
As mentioned before, you can usually pick up discount vouchers from the rental shops, and if someone gives you a ride to the
resort, then they will often accompany you to the ticket window and help you out with your purchase. If not, don’t worry –
it’s very easy, and many of the staff members at High One have a good level of English. When you get dropped off, you will
be at the Valley Condo. If you want to buy a season pass, you’ll see the season pass desk on the first floor in the middle,
near all the lockers. You’ll need your alien registration card, or if you’re just a tourist, you’ll need your passport, and
you’ll have to fill in your details on a short form and have your picture taken. If you’ve lived in Jeongseon County or the
surrounding areas for more than 6 months then you will get a half price pass. As of 2010/2011, the cost of a full price pass
is 500,000 won, and a half price local pass is obviously 250,000 won.
You can also choose to buy passes for just a day, or even just a half day session. These vary in price depending on the day
you go, and whether it is peak season or not. They range from 10,000 won for a half day on a special discount day, to about
65,000 won for a full day in peak season. Remember to ask your rental shop if they have discount vouchers though, as they
can usually get you at least 30% off! You can pick these day passes up from the outside ticket window, again on the first
floor of Valley Condo. If you arrive on the shuttle bus, you’ll see it as you approach the building. If you’ve come up from
the car park, then you need to head outside through the automatic doors, and turn right.
Where To Go Next?
Ok, So you’ve got your equipment, you have your lift pass – now it’s time to hit the slopes!! You can pick up English slope
maps from any of the information desks, and there are also large maps on the walls in many areas of the resort buildings.
The slops are clearly colour coded and marked in English with their level – from Beginner to Expert. If you’re a reeeeaaal
beginner, there are also a couple of very small nursery slopes which you can head to for your very first time! So basically,
just have a look at the slope maps and decide which one you want to head to. You have a choice of taking a gondola or a
traditional chair lift, and different modes of transport travel to different slopes. From the Valley Condo, you take two
gondolas to get to the nursery slopes, and then finally go up a little travelator (these slopes are pretty small so are not
marked as clearly as the others on the slope maps).
When you want to go through the barriers to get on the lifts and gondolas, simply hold your lift pass against the sensors on
the left of each barrier, and they will click open. You will see that often people keep their passes in a pocket on their
left arm, and just hold their pocket close to the sensor.
More and more slopes open up as the season goes on – be aware that if you go out of peak season, then not all slopes will be
in operation. However, there will always be enough open in a wide range of different categories that you have plenty to keep
you occupied! Snow machines regularly top up the snowfall on the slopes, but be aware that in peak season, cold weather and
at night, slopes can become crowded and a little icy.
Morning sessions run from 08.30 – 12.30, afternoon sessions are 12.30 – 16.30, and night sessions are from 18.00 – 22.00.
There are usually also one or two slopes open between 16.30 and 18.00, if you don’t want to take a break! Night sessions don’t
start as soon as the resort opens – they are usually introduced a few weeks after the season opens. Wrap up warmly at night –
it gets cold up there!!!
Food and Facilities
Again, more and more of these open up as the season gets busier. There are a mixture of Korean and western eateries on offer –
with a bakery, Lotteria, Best Beans coffee shop, Churros stand and generic western and Korean café all located at the Valley
Condo. There’s also a Family Mart at the Mountain Hub (one gondola up from Valley Condo). There are a couple of Imsil Cheese
Pizza places and a few other little snack stands selling items such as hot dogs and hot drinks. If you want a bit of luxury,
see below for the guide to the fancier restaurants in the resort. There are toilets everywhere too.
Where to Stay?
There are many condos in High One that can be reserved through their website – these are good value if you are travelling with
a large group of people. The rental shop mentioned above (‘High One 2 Ski’) also has a minbak that can be reserved for a good
price. If you’d like to visit a jim jil bang (Korean spa and sauna) and soothe those aching muscles after a day on the slopes,
then take a taxi or shuttle bus to Mayhills hotel (5 mins from High One). The spa is on the 3rd floor and you can sleep there
Sabuk also has a huge number of hotels and motels – take your pick!
There are limited numbers of lockers available to rent for the season here. Usually they sell out the day they go on sale, and
you have to get up there by 8am to nab one. However, if you’re going to use the rental shops in the area, then you can usually
just leave your clothes etc there while you use the resort. Just take your valuables with you.
Tips for Skiing and Snowboarding at High One
This resort gets busy at the weekends, so if you can, try to visit midweek or in the evening. If weekends are your only option,
then try to take lunch breaks at random times, so that you can make the most of the relative quietness on the slopes while most
people have taken time out to eat.
Wrap up warmly – it goes without saying that it gets very cold in this area in winter – especially at night. Particularly think
about getting something to cover your face with – if you have exposed skin on your face, it can sting!
If you want to fit in – dress brightly!! You will be bowled over by some of the bright and zany fashions being sported by the
Koreans. Grown men in dog costumes, couples in matching outfits, clashing and garish bright prints everywhere you look – the
trip to High One is worth it for the people watching opportunity alone!
Top of the Top Revolving Restaurant
If you don’t fancy skiing but would like to dine in a bit of luxury whilst watching everyone falling over on the slopes(!), then
this restaurant may be for you! Simply take two gondolas from Valley Condo, until you’ve gone as high as you possibly can up the
mountain, and you’ll see the big restaurant at the top. You don’t always need to make reservations but may have to wait for a
short time if it’s busy. The restaurant itself doesn’t revolve, but the platform with all the tables on it does. So you slowly
get a change of scenery as you eat. One small word of warning – if you suffer from bad motion sickness then this may not be for
you – although the movement is very slow, it has been known to make some diners feel a little ill!
Food is pretty expensive, but there are a few cheaper options like pasta or pork cutlet, and all the dishes taste great. The
portion sizes are fairly small compared with what you might be used to though. If all you want is a nice hearty meal, then this
restaurant may not be for you – but if you want the whole experience of being in a revolving room on top of a mountain, watching
people ski, then you’ll love it!
Top of the Top restaurant opens from 10:00 - 20:30, but after 15:30 only beverages are served.
To make further enquiries about this restaurant, email High One at email@example.com
World Fusion Restaurant
Please eat here! Yes, it’s expensive, and yes you have to make a reservation sometimes – but the food is AWESOME!!!
Located out of the ski resort, in the same building as Kangwon Land Casino (jump in a taxi and say ‘casino’ and they’ll take you
right there), this basement eatery is a fusion restaurant, serving a variety of Korean, Japanese and western food in a buffet style.
It’s ‘all-you-can-eat’ - and you won’t want to stop! The food is varied and delicious and the desserts (something you don’t often
come across in Korea) are to die for. They also serve red and white wine by the glass – another luxury in Korea.
Three sessions are held throughout the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is the most expensive, costing 50,000 won per
person and starting at 6pm.
To make a reservation at World Fusion, call their office number on +82 33-590-7511.
As mentioned before, this is the only casino in Korea where both Koreans and foreigners are allowed to gamble. Good and bad
consequences have come from this: there are increased jobs in this fairly poor rural area, and the takings from the casino make
High One Resort very rich and therefore able to keep creating fresh snow on the slopes and maintaining excellent facilities.
On the other hand, when wandering through the surrounding towns, you’ll see many posters advertising gambling addiction websites
The casino is also the largest in Korea, home to 132 table games and 960 video games.
A tip for those living in the area – you need ID to enter the casino and must be over 20 years of age. However, local residents
face restrictions as to what days they can enter. To avoid this problem, take your passport as ID and don’t tell them you live in
Korea – say you are a tourist.
There is a free cinema in The Kangwon Land Hotel (the same building as World Fusion Restaurant and the casino). Wander along
the basement floor and you’ll see it – there are posters outside displaying what films are being shown at what times. The cinema
shows a variety of movies – from Korean cinema, to current releases, to western classics and lower budget films. It’s small, and
there’s no popcorn – but it’s free!! And the only cinema in the County!