As the cold spell begins, ski resorts in Gangwon Province will open their slopes as early as next week and start the season.
As the lowest temperature in the morning of Daegwanryeong showed winter weather such as minus 4.5 degrees Celsius, ski resorts in Jeongseon and Pyeongchang started operating snowmaking machines at dawn to prepare for the guests.
Snowmaking machines can only operate if the mercury temp drops below zero degrees Celsius by spraying water into the cold air to make snow on the slopes.
Yong Pyong ski resort made artificial snow to the plow from midnight to about eight hours by using 64 snowmaking machines.
Using the snowmaking machines began a day earlier than last year.
Phoenix Pyoungchang is also working on spraying artificial snow on slopes such as Base and Penguin. 56 snowmaking machines were mobilized from 1 a.m. to create 2,190 tons of snow.
If the cold weather continues, the ski resorts expect to open their first slopes from November 9. It will be about eight days ahead of last year.
However, the timing of the opening is flexible as the weather is a variable every year. Yong Pyong Resort and Phoenix Park Ski Resort started operating their first slopes on November 17 last year(2017).
In addition, Jeongseon High1 Ski Resort is preparing to open its ski resort for next month’s 16th, and Hoengseong Welli Hilli is scheduled to open on November 23.
The Hongcheon Vivaldi Park ski resort is scheduled to open on November 23, but if the cold weather continues, it is also considering opening on November 16, so it opens a week earlier.
The Alpensia ski resort in Pyeongchang and Oak Valley in Wonju are scheduled to open on November 23 and 28, respectively, and will start in the winter sports season.
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