North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said that he’d like to see more ski resorts developed in the country.
Speaking at the Hot Spring Tourist Area in Yangdok County, Kim is reported to have said,
“The Yangdok region has natural and geological conditions that are well-suited for the construction of a ski resort.”
He went on to call for an “all-inclusive physical and cultural leisure spot where visitors can both soak in the hot springs and go skiing.”
This expands the original plan, which was focused on hot springs tourism, into a resort combining hot springs and skiing, drawing upon North Korea’s experience running the Masikryong Ski Resort.
Other sites at Samjiyon (a mountain resort) and Wonsan (a port city) are reported to also being developed as multipurpose resorts with a view to opening up to the outside world.
Samjiyon is actually already home to what is believed to have been North Korea’s first ski slope, created on Mount Paektu using a chairlift reputed to have been donated by Swiss resort Villars before the nuclear tests and sanctions regime as a friendship gesture before Masikryong Ski Resort gained worldwide attention when it opened in 2013.
A third ski area, Kanggye Ski Resort, opened in North Korea in early 2018 complete with a drag lift and conveyor lift.