Our last long weekend whilst staying in Korea came up during Seollal or what we know as Lunar New year/ Chinese New year. We decided to use the 4 day holiday to get one last ski trip in before leaving Korea for good. We booked in with EnjoyKorea and set off from Busan on the Friday for what was meant to be a 4.5 hour journey up to High 1 resort in Gangwon-Do… 7 and a half hours later we arrived after what can only be described as a MONSTER traffic jam. It was so bad a girl on our bus had to pee in a cup much to everyone’s amusement!!!
Unlike our last visit we decided to experiment and try our hand at snowboarding. We figured that as we mastered skiing super quick then snowboarding would be just as easy… boy was I wrong!!! We started out on a flat slope just to try get our balance and despite my best efforts I just could not gain my balance. We decided that it might be easier to try on a slight slope so headed to the slopes to try. Andy seemed to pick it up really quickly and only fell a couple of times.
Me on the other hand…. I just couldn’t get it and to make it worse I couldn’t figure out how to fall on my bum and kept falling flat on my hands knees and even face! Thanks to the light rain the slope had lots of ice on it and when you fell it HURT… A LOT!! I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get the hang of falling on my backside and kept falling forwards.
After about an hour of trying and a few REALLY hard falls that actually brought me to tears I gave it one more go and fell so hard on my knee and elbow that I had an egg like bump and couldn’t even walk without a serious limp!! After the saga I had with my back which has just now got better after a year and a half, it was enough for me and I had to change onto skiing! (which is not actually allowed… but that is another story!) I just couldn’t take any more bad falls but not before having to use my snowboard as a sled to get down the rest of the slope!!
With my knee now doubled in size I got back onto the skis and finally started to enjoy the day… snowboarding was just too much balance and coordinated two things that I have a severe lack of! Andy on the other hand was flying down the slopes on his board making it look easy… much to my dismay. (damn you competitive nature!!!)
We found some postcards that we could post from the top of the mountain even though it stated that it will take one year to arrive and sent them off to our families in Scotland and Australia. We got a great run down the mountain however there were not quite the same views at the top as we had last time… in fact there was no view what so ever!!!
There was a party at night however we only stayed for one drink with the plan of getting up early to take full advantage of the slopes on the Sunday. However the weather had other ideas and we woke up to rain that had been falling all night. Not only was it cold and wet, parts of the slope had turned to sheer ice… this was not an enjoyable way to ski or snowboard!!!
After only one run we decided to call it as it was almost dangerous in parts and my legs were killing me from being so tense, Andy also had a few nasty falls on the ice and also ended up using the snowboard as a sled to get down the now ice slope!! Sometimes you just need to know when to quit when you are ahead!!
Luckily instead of just sitting about we were able to go into the outdoor hot tub and just chill out whilst easing our aches and pains from the days skiing. With our drinks cooling in the snow, a view of the mountains while sitting in a bikini in a hot tub it was a pretty sweet way to end the weekend, despite the bruised welts on my knees and elbows!!