Above: The Alpensia Pyeongchang.
Skiing in South Korea: Pyeongchang
** Where: Taebaek Mountains, Gangwon-do, South Korea.
** Why: South Korea’s mecca of snow, the Pyeongchang district in the country’s northeast is home to Seoraksan Mountain, a popular year-round adventure destination. It’s also bidding to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
** Stay: The Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort (82-33/339-0000; doubles from US$155) luxury alpine-style resort.
** Getting There: From Seoul, it’s a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Pyeongchang along expressways 35 and 50.
** When: The snow season here lasts from November to early April. Visit in January to double your fun by attending one of the area’s ice festivals; the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Mountain Trout Festival (Jan. 3–30) is among the best. –Lauren Kelana