And, uh... it wasn't even "bright" and early. We got picked up at 5:30 am and it was definitely still dark.
We drove about an hour outside Seoul to a mountain. We stopped in a little shop where we could rent coats, snowpants, boots and snowboards. Mark and I had never been snowboarding, so we were a little nervous.
Here we are... ready to hit the slopes...
Unfortunately, we went right before the big snow, so we were sliding down fake snow produced by snowblowers.
Here are a few shots of the hills and the resort.
Snowboarding is a lot more difficult than it looks! I thought I would catch on quickly, but it takes a lot of coordination and leg muscle strength. There were quite a few wipeouts. SangKwun's friends go snowboarding several times a year and were pretty much experts. They were so helpful in teaching us how to coast, stop, and navigate the hills. I was too chicken to venture off the beginner hill, but here's Mark at the end of the intermediate hill.
We were surprised that the prices weren't too high. We got a pass to snowboard for 4 hours for about $40/person. If we did it again, we would go early in the morning for sure. As it neared the end of our time, it started getting very crowded on the mountain. And as we were driving out... there were at least 100 cars lined up waiting to enter the resort.
We thought this was a really fun way to ring in the new year and both felt like we got major workouts. Actually, on the drive home, this was the scene in the back seat...
When Mark's passed out, you KNOW it was a good day! :)