Finally, Snow We Can Use!

Last weekend we made a 3 hour car trip to Hyundai Sung Woo Resort.  Don’t ask me where it is.  I couldn’t find it on a map even if you paid me lots and lots of money.  Unless, of course, your map had a GPS locator like the one we used back in October to go to Osan, and then maybe… nope, still couldn’t find it.  It’s in South Korea, though.  Does that count for something?

Anyway, we were lucky enough to caravan with some friends who go there almost weekly, so there was no need for a GPS.  Thank goodness.  The trip was quick and uneventful.  Or at least, as quick and uneventful a car trip can be when there are 4 kids inside the car and foreign language signs outside thrown in for good measure.

Nevertheless, we arrived safely to the resort at about 7 pm Friday night.  As we got settled into our room (more about that later), I noticed that there was a thumping coming from somewhere.  Opened the sliding glass door to discover that the night-ski was in full effect, club music and all.  Lights blaring, lifts running, music pumping, lots of people skiing and snowboarding.

Oy.  I am so old.

My first, and really only, thought was, “Will the kids sleep through this?”  Thankfully, they did, and the music turned off at the decent hour of 11 pm, although night-ski went on until 4:30 am.  These Koreans are efficient, I tell you.  They groom the mountain (and sometimes make snow) between 4:30 and 6:30 pm, then again between 4:30 and 8:30 am.  Plenty of people skiing and boarding at all hours of the day and night.

Our room was actually a condo, much like a small 3 bedroom apartment.  There was only one Western style bed though.  The other two rooms looked like this:

That’s right.  Not one lick of furniture.  Unless of course you count these:

Which I do not.  Count them, I mean.  These are futons, which is what many Koreans sleep on at home.  Being a Korean resort geared towards Koreans (not foreigners) it only makes sense to have them here too.  We stacked up a bunch for the kids and blew up a borrowed air mattress for ourselves.

Now here’s the thing.  These rooms, like many Korean homes, have floor heating which is normally lovely.  Soft heat emanating upward, warming your feet as you walk around.  But everything changes when you are sleeping inches away from that heat source, in rooms without windows.  Think: sleeping in a dry sauna.  We brought piles of blankets which we didn’t use once.  Fortunately, if we opened the sliding glass door and left the bedroom doors open, the heat wasn’t stifling.

Here is the bathroom.  Notice anything missing?  Yep.  No shower curtain.  There is a drain on the floor.  So the method, as far as I can tell, is shut-the-door-and-have-at-it.

The snow was great, and made for fun snowboarding.  Even I got in a few runs, which is the first time since I got pregnant with Gianna that I’ve been able to do so.  But it sure is crowded.  Check out all the people at the bottom of the slopes.

According to everyone who was skiing and boarding, crowding didn’t seem to be a problem, though.  The guys got tons of day and night skiing in, while the kids and I hung around with their cousin Gemma, aunt Vanessa, and some friends who came along and stayed in the condo across the hall.  This resort has a lot going on for everyone.  Kevin took the kids sledding and to an indoor pool with a wicked water slide.  Aunt Vanessa took all the kids to an indoor playground while we packed up on Monday.  We didn’t get many pictures- too busy having fun- but here are a couple.
Kev and I getting ready to night board.
Zeke with major hat hair, cousin Gemma looking on.
The view from our balcony.
Sorry to make you dizzy.  The kids and I.
One of the highlights of the weekend was that a Korean family (friends of our friends) came as well.  They made the most incredible soups for every meal.  Kimchi soup, kid-friendly curry soup, and my personal favorite- soegogi mugu, which is incredible beef and turnip soup.  Somehow I don’t think my meatballs and spaghetti with store-bought sauce measured up.  I did leave the weekend with a promise of Korean cooking lessons, though, which I am very excited about.  
We’ll be going back in a couple weeks when my brother Joseph comes to visit.  Woohoo!  More visitors!

Comments

  1. Crah-ay-zeee! The furniture-less room is the best part. I can’t wrap my head around that one.

  2. I was actually debating whether I liked the simplicity of it all, but then again I am a little jaded by all the clutter that surrounds me at the moment.

    It’s like a step down from the Shaker simplicity, whereas Shaker simplicity would be a step up here.

    Don’t mind me, I’m exhausted and rambling. And I did wonder how many people got knocked over at the base of the slopes.

  3. Lisa, I hear you. I am ready to chuck all of our things, furniture included.