On Friday, the Korean resort that has been proposed for PyeongChang’s 2018 Winter Olympic park opened with seven slopes and facilities set to international standards.
The park, originally just a set of models when PyeongChang unsuccessfully bid for the 2014 Games, is now a reality and should add momentum to Korea’s third consecutive bid for the Games.
The Governor of Gangwon Province and Co-Chair of the Bid Committee, Kim Jin-sun said “Alpensia is fully equipped with international standard facilities and venues for Ski jump, Biathlon and Cross country. I will continuously endeavor to increase the facilities through which more and more athletes can improve their athletic skills for development of winter sports.”
PyeongChang has already hosted and scheduled several World Cup events at the venue including biathlon and ski jumping.
Critical transportation upgrades including road and rail links between Seoul and PyeongChang are currently underway and will help maintain a steady stream of winter sports enthusiasts to Alpensia and the nine others ski resorts in the province.
PyeongChang is currently working on their full venue plans and proposals that are due at International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in March. The Korean city is competing against Munich in Germany and Annecy in France – all three cities will attend an IOC information seminar in Lausanne, Switzerland on December 2.