Tomorrow Yongpyong celebrates its debut on the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Tour.
Yongpyong will be the third ever Korean resort to host a World Cup competition after Sungwoo and Seoul started things off in 2005 and 2009 respectively.
From February 7th till 9th, 2011, the season’s fourth Snowboard Cross Race and third Parallel Giant Slalom are scheduled attracting some of the world’s best boarder crossers and race boarders. Due to the fact that the resort, which is located about 3 hours from Seoul (approximately 215 km) in the Balwang Mountains, was a candidate for the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games (but missing out to Vancouver and Socchi), it was a matter of fact to welcome this 1975 "born" Korean winter sport Mecca. With a capacity for about 20,000 winter games participants, Yongpyong Resort secures 31 diverse slopes, including 6 that have been FIS approved for international competitions, and 15 lift facilities. It also houses Dragon Plaza, the biggest ski house in South Korea which is used by the highest number of skiers and snowboarders. It is also equipped with a super high pipe that is larger than regulation size, as well as a terrain park (Dragon Park), which has been getting rave reviews from snowboarders worldwide.
Unsurpassed natural surroundings, abundant snowfall and an excellent snow quality will be the base for two competitions part of the Speed World Cup held in early February 2011.
PS (02/07/2011): The season’s fourth Snowboard Cross of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup has been cancelled. If the cancelled race will be re-scheduled later in the season at a different place is currently under examination.