Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Visit Korea’s fantasy world of pure white snow

Experience the magnificent snowscapes and exciting winter leisure activities in South Korea. Feel the thrilling speed and freedom of skiing. Take skiing and snowboarding lessons. Enjoy exciting performances and cultural events. Discover the special world of Fun Ski Festival, Go-Go Ski Festival, Ru-Ski Festival and Snowtube Race Festival.

Situated in the central eastern part of the Korean Peninsula, Gangwon-do is where the Taebaek Mountains pass through from the north to south, with lush mountains and pristine rivers surrounding 18 beautiful ski areas. Most ski resorts in Korea are located in the mountainous regions of Gangwon-do, often referred to as a winter sports capital. Dressed in pure white snow and boasting spectacular views, these magnificent mountains are an ideal place to enjoy the romantic winter atmosphere and experience thrilling skiing.

Fun Ski Festival

The Fun Ski Festival is held between mid December to early March at the YongPyong Resort, the birthplace of Korean Winter Sports and a well-known host of international competitions. The YongPyong Resort is equipped with outstanding facilities including 28 slopes and 14 lift facilities as well as a golf club, waterpark, and accommodation, allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a natural setting. Some of the nearby attractions include the Odaesan National Park, Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch, Korea Botanic Garden.

The Fun Ski Festival offers a memorable experience to participants with its exciting skiing and snow programs that cannot be found in other ski tour packages. From skiing and snowboarding lessons to skiing competitions and award ceremonies, from cultural performances and recreational activities to exotic local cuisine, the Fun Ski Festival is truly a festive experience. The upcoming sessions of the Fun Ski Festival are scheduled from 16 to 19 December 2016, 10 to 13 January, 24 to 27 January, 21 to 24 February, and 02 to 05 March 2017.

GO-GO Ski Festival

The Go-Go Ski Festival is held four times between December to February at the High1 Resort, which is equipped with world-class facilities. With high-quality snow and outstanding slope course, High1 Resort is one of Korea’s leading ski slopes with 17 slopes including 4.2km beginner slope.

The festival offers fun and exciting winter experiences including skiing and snowboarding lessons taught by expert instructors, amateur ski competitions, snowboard competitions, and sledding competitions, while featuring some evening events like Korean traditional dance and modern performances. The upcoming sessions of the Go-Go Ski Festival are scheduled from 13 to 16 December 2016, 17 to 20 January, 31 January to 03 February, and 16 to 19 February 2017.

The High1 Resort features 403 rooms, two ski houses, two resting area, an observatory at the top of the mountain and a golf course. Nearby attractions include Kangwon Land Casino, a theme park, trekking routes, sleigh rides, and a golf course.

Ru-Ski Festival

The Ri-Ski Festival is a special winter festival held at High1 Resort and Yongpyong Resort, top ski resorts in Gangwon-do renowned for its beautiful scenery and high-quality snow. 

This festival, in which features Russian and Australian participants, offers a wide range of performances and events where everyone can experience an authentic Korean winter as well as skiing lessons taught by expert instructors. The Ru-Ski Ski Festival is scheduled from 03 to 06 January 2017 at Yongpyong Resort and from 06 to 09 January 2017 at High1 Resort.

Snowtube Race Festival

This festival offers a two-day, one-night snowtube experience to those who cannot participate in the ski festivals due to their ski level or travel schedule. Relive you childhood memories as you slide down the white blanket of snow on a snowtube. 

Two sessions of the festival have been scheduled at YongPyong Resort from 10 to 11 December and from 11 to 12 December 2016, featuring snowtube races, cooking experiences, nonverbal performances, and various other hands-on events.

Plan you Korea visit today. Don’t miss out on the amazing winter thrills!

10 things you need to know about adrenaline-pumping thrills in Canada

Riding giant rollercoasters, rafting tidal-bore rapids or dog sled mushing: it’s time to whiten those knuckles. Are top-notch museums and beautiful scenery not getting your heart racing? Ramp up your Canadian vacation excitement levels here:

EdgeWalk at CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

As you walk around the roof 1197 ft above the ground, keep your screams to yourself on the world’s highest full-circle hands-free walk.

You’ll scare the diners in the restaurant below!

Canada Olympic Park Zipline, Calgary, Alberta

Feed your need to speed here. 

You’ll experience at vertical drop of more than 100 m and whiz along at speeds of up to 140 kms per hour. The zipline is Canada’s fastest and, yes, it will ruin your hairdo.

Leviathan Rollercoaster, Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario

Don’t eat lunch before you go on this new rollercoaster, which hits speeds of up to 148 kms per hour during the three-minute, 28-second thrill ride.

Mont à Liguori luge run, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Québec

Hope for a snow day so you can slide your way during the 7.5 km sled run for two chilling and thrilling hours. 

Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Not scared of heights? 

Test your mettle by taking a stroll along suspended walkways that jut out from a granite cliff face amid the trees.

Air Combat Zone, Mississauga, Ontario

Feel the rush behind the controls of an F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter simulator as you fly the cyber skies at this top-gun facility.

Tidal Bore Rafting, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Class IV rapids form on the Shubenacadie River, a tributary of the Bay of Fundy, as millions of litres of water surge with the tides. 

Ride those foaming waves aboard a Zodiac. Wheeeee!

Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, Mont Tremblant, Québec

Feel the need for speed? Check your GPS then head to the track at this top-notch driving school. After a three-day course, you may become as good a driver as former grads such former Formula 1 star Jacques Villeneuve.

Dog-sled mushing, Churchill, Manitoba

Join a champion musher for a ride across the open tundra and show your own team-leading skills as you experience some of northern Manitoba’s culture and heritage.

Diving with giant tuna, Souris, Prince Edward Island

Been there, done that when it comes to swimming with dolphins? Try jumping into the water alongside schools of giant tuna, which weigh in at more than 540 kg each.

That’s 10 heart-pumping experiences, but there are many more across Canada. 

Written by Michele Sponagle. Courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission. The text has been modified from the original.