Whoever thinks to take a ski holiday in North Korea? Well in 2017, National Geographic published this short film featuring Britain’s fastest snowboarder Jamie Barrow, showing a glimpse into life in the mysterious country. The film takes a trip through the capital city Pyongyang before heading to the slopes of Masikryong.
Over the last few years, more North Korean Ski resorts have been popping up in a bid to increase tourism.
The Yangdok Hot Spring Cultural Recreation Center officially opened by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in December 2019, but only welcomed its first visitors in January 2020. Boasting a multi-functional sports complex with hotels and a hot-spring facility. The Yangdok resort is a one-and-a-half-hour drive from South Phyongan Province of North Korea, east of Pyongyang. So in theory, pretty easy to get to providing tourists can get into the country.
As the National Geographic short film is a few years old, there is another clip that looks inside North Korea’s luxury ski resort which is the latest to open.
When we can travel again will North Korea be top of the list? Could North Korea be the new exotic place to ski abroad? Time will tell.
Although the Department of State warns against traveling to North Korea currently.
“Do not travel to North Korea due to COVID-19 and the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals.”
Americans will have to wait to go powder skiing there and soak in the glory of multi-million-dollar resort facilities.