Ski resorts offer up fun in summer tooMountain boarding
A mountain board looks like a snowboard with four wheels. Unlike a skateboard, it can also be used on grassy mountain slopes. The concept is said to have been invented by American snowboarders in the early 1990s. Wondering how to get their fix during the summer months, they dreamed up the mountain board.
Jisan Resort in Icheon, Gyeonggi province, recently began a mountain boarding program that includes board rentals and instructions for beginners. A weekend package, which offers a round-trip bus ticket, a lift pass, board rental, instruction and lunch, is priced at 39,000 won ($34). Reservations for each weekend must be made by Friday.
Park golf, a combination of golf and cricket, is played on what is referred to as a nine-hole course. To score, a player uses a wooden club to tap a plastic ball measuring 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) in diameter through a hole 10 centimeters wide. The rules are simple and the game can be played without knowing how to play golf or cricket. One game takes about an hour.
Resorts that offer park golf programs include Phoenix Park in Pyeongchang county, Gangwon province; Yangji Pine Resort in Yongin, Gyeonggi province; and Hanwha Resort on Jeju island. The price per game ranges from 5,000 won to 8,000 won per person.
An off-road sport best enjoyed in mountain valleys and hills. Driver’s license not necessary. Yong Pyong Resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwon province, Vivaldi Park in Hongcheon, Gangwon province, Phoenix Park and Yangji Pine Resort all offer all-terrain vehicle rental. Yongpyong has four slopes on Mount Balwang, which stands 1,458 meters (4,783 feet) above sea level. Vivaldi Park operates an 800-meter course with natural and artificial barriers such as hills, cobblestone fields, lumber rails and a valley.
Euro bungee jumping
Euro bungee jumping combines the trampoline with bungee jumping. An operator remotely controls the length of ropes tied to either side of the bungee jumper’s waist as he or she jumps on the trampoline. An experienced jumper can clear 10 meters. Up to three people can bounce on a single trampoline at the same time. Vivaldi Park, Phoenix Park and Yangji Pine Resort offer Euro bungee jumping; the price ranges from 5,000 won to 8,000 won.
A survival game played with guns that fire balls of paint. Players in special uniforms are divided into two teams, given walkie-talkies and paint guns and instructed to shoot each other. A group 10 or larger can play at one time. Games available at Vivaldi Park and Muju Resort in North Jeolla province.
Like the real thing except the sleigh has wheels and seats only one person. Yongpyong Resort and Yangji Pine Resort have 750-meter- to 850-meter-long courses. Price starts from 4,500 won to 5,000 won per run.
by Sung Si-yoon, Limb Jae-un
Phoenix Park (02) 508-3400; Muju Resort (063) 322-9000; Yangji Pine Resort (02) 540-6800; Vivaldi Park (033) 434-8311; Jeju Hanwha Resort (064) 725-9000; Yong Pyong Resort (02) 3270-1130.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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