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South Korea - worth skiing?

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The impression one gets from this article on skiing in South Korea - "exceptional scenery", "dreamlike juxtaposition of past and present", "decent if unremarkable runs", "most runs are perfect for all levels" (what does that mean?) - is an attempt to put a brave face on a fairly mediocre experience. The more interesting novelties and impressions, not surprisingly, are to be found off the slopes.

Read Nick Dalton's account in the Telegraph.

On the strength of this report I can't see anyone rushing to the Korean mountains - the north island of Japan sounds more interesting - but does anyone else have any broader knowledge of skiing in the country?
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Hmm, I can't comment on the skiing but I would take issue with the reporter's comments about the food.
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If you really must you can lunch on pizza, but local fare is better. Korean food is fast food - really fast. Within seconds of sitting down several side dishes arrive, including kimchi - preserved cabbage - bean curd and others that are tasty even if you can't quite pinpoint their origins.


In my experience Korean food is an acquired taste and one that I have absolutely no desire to acquire. To describe kimchi as "preserved cabbage" is, whilst technically accurate, somewhat of an understatement and does not do justice either to the many different varieties of this substance or to the, shall we say, particular flavours of same.

There is an old saying amongst many business travellers to the far east - the Chinese eat c$%&p because they have to, the Koreans eat c%^$p because they like it Toofy Grin

(all comments above are personal subjective opinions of the author, whose boss actually claims to like kimchi but has never been seen to eat it)
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I like kimichi Toofy Grin
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Alan Craggs, crisps?
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Probably garlic flavour - street vendors sell roasted garlic by the bulb in case the locals need a quick fix between breakfast of fermented cabbage and garlic and lunch of fermented cabbage and garlic.
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David Goldsmith,
I haven't been but read a few artlcles on South Korean skiing, when I was living in Asia. The skiing seems a bit limited with a lot of snow making necessary as there is a bit of a shortage of natural snow. Muju is apparently the best resort. I also met some Swiss skiers who were living in Korea they reinforced this idea, not really worth travelling for. Some friends of mine who were beginners went and loved it though. Equipment rental is apparently something to avoid you have to return it every day and they never dry the boots. Crying or Very sad
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NB Perversly I quite like what little Korean food I have eaten and Love Chinese food.
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Well I love Chinese food as well - but not in China Confused
The food served in Western "Chinese" restaurants bears no relation at all to food as eaten in the parts of China I have visited in my experience.
I have only visited China on business. Friends who have visited as tourists seem to have experienced a different, and more acceptable to "western" palates, food regime.
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Alan Craggs, you didn't mention the chillies in kimchi. I quite like the stuff but it has been known to cause serious outbreaks of blanket ruffling, followed by ring-sting. Razz
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I brought kimchi and pickled squid as a present to a former maitre d' of a Chamonix restaurant and was told that she had tasted many interesting types of food in her time but had never before felt disgust! No accounting for taste Puzzled Kimchi does enhance one's innner cleanliness wink
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Mac46 wrote:
I brought kimchi and pickled squid as a present to a former maitre d' of a Chamonix restaurant and was told that she had tasted many interesting types of food in her time but had never before felt disgust! No accounting for taste Puzzled Kimchi does enhance one's innner cleanliness wink

Please take me off your Christmas present list!
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Alan Craggs,
I guess you can get good and bad food anywhere and I don't know if you have been unlucky or your friends lucky. But I don't particularly like what I think of as 'westernised chinese food'.
I like things such as snake soup, preserved eggs, obscure bits of offal chinese style.
Can't say I have any desire to try some of the more outre dishes such as monkey brains though Puzzled
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David Goldsmith, Ask any Oriental to partake of the cholesterol-charged 'traditional English breakfast' or even the more trad steak and kidney pie( "but aren't those the organs that secrete urine?!?!?!?")......well, and as for the delights of tripe and onions Smile There's nothing to beat the Japanese skiers' breakfast of boiled rice mixed with fermented beans, garnished with a raw egg in soy sauce, sprinkled with dried seaweed....yummy! snowHead
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I'll cross Korea off of my list then, for sure..!!
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Right, back to the skiing then.... Little Angel
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