A Sneak Peak at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Part 2

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 21 comments

2018 Winter Olympics

If you visited us last week, you probably read Part 1 of our 2018 Winter Olympics sneak peak. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. Welcome to week 319 (3/5/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday and our second visit to PyeongChang. This time we were at the Bokwang Snow Park (also known as the Bokwang Phoenix Snow Park and the Phoenix Snow Park) (eye roll) to watch a World Cup half-pipe skiing competition.

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Even though there was a World Cup event happening it was business as usual for skiers and snowboarders.


2018 Winter Olympics

Bokwang Phoenix Snow Park

Grooming the course for the ladies halfpipe final. The person you see on the right standing on top of the ridge is one of the judges. What a fabulous job on a sunny day!


2018 Winter Olympics


Here we have one of our Canadian ladies coming down the course competing in the final run. I believe this was Cassie Sharpe, her name is a bit muffled on the video, so if I’m wrong, I apologize. Two Canadians finished in the top 10; Cassie Sharpe – 8, Rosalind Groenewoud -10. I think this video is much better than my attempt with the ski jumping.


The winner of the event was Marie Martinod from France. 

The men’s event started as soon as the ladies final ended. It was a long one with about forty men competing. One Canadian man finished in the top ten; Noah Bowman at #9. Here he is on the big screen.




The day was picture perfect, and although not packed with spectators there was a tremendous energy around the venue. Fans were not shy in expressing their pleasure for the excellent skiing. Torin Yater-Wallace from the U.S. won the competition.

The ride back to Seoul was long but uneventful. I can’t wait for the high-speed train to begin operation and the 3-hour plus ride from Seoul will be reduced to 1-hour. Considering that accommodation is extremely limited in Pyeongchang and the surrounding area, spectators at the 2018 Winter Olympics should prepare themselves for the commute from Seoul.

You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy winter in Korea. 

Have you considered a visit to Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics? Let us know in the comments.



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  1. I have never been to an Olympics before but we are thinking of visiting our daughter in Seoul and attending. I have no idea how difficult it is to get tickets for events but I’m game. That high speed train will really make a difference!

    • Hi, Jill. I hope you make it here. Without the high-speed train, it will be a nightmare for visitors. There is almost no accommodation available close to the games. From looking at the website, it appears that there are agents in other countries selling tickets. You’d have to contact them. I have applied for a figure skating ticket through the lottery. Once the lottery is finished, then tickets go on sale to the public. Koreans are not that interested in the games because they don’t have many athletes competing who have a realistic chance at making the podium.

  2. I would love to be a spectator at a world cup skiing event – it must have been so exciting! I can just imagine the atmosphere…

    • Hi, Brigit. The event was a lot of fun. Even though it wasn’t overly crowded, there was a nice vibe. I was thrilled to see Canadians compete as well.

  3. I am not the greatest fan of sports but I do like this type of competitions. Now, that you mentioned it, it would be nice to visit Seoul and stop a couples of days by the Olympic events. I am sure that will work better than trying to attend the Summer Olympics.

    • Hi, Ruth. Many flights come through Seoul now, so it’s easy to do a stop-over.

  4. Beautiful setting — and what fun that you got to see it all. That would be most interesting. However, we had snow in Seattle Monday and the less of it I see from now on (until next winter) the better! Fun post, Nancie.

    • Hi, Jackie. I was so excited to get to the venue and watch a World Cup event. However, the less snow I see in my day-to-day life, the better. We had a very easy winter here in Seoul. We had snow twice. The amounts were minimal, and it melted within a day or two.

  5. No, I’ve not considered it, but I do like watching it on T.V. I’d much rather visit like you have when the crowds are minimal. Good Video. 🙂 Bring on the high speed train.

    • Hi, Jan. Thanks for your video love 🙂 I have a long way to go at getting them right consistently. I was happy that there weren’t too many people. I’m not a big crowd lover either.

  6. What an awesome experience to see these events! That is great that they’re cutting down the commute time to an hour. I would love to see this next year but likely not going to happen unless I win something 🙂 I will gladly watch it on TV though.

    • Hi, Mary. I hope you win the lotto (and split it with me…haha) 🙂

  7. Your photos have such beautiful, crisp colors, and the winter cold is wonderfully pictured – I can almost see the breath cloud suspended in front of you! Thanks for the sneak peek and behind-the scenes look at the 2018 winter Olympics setting.

    • Hi, Anita. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. It’s hard to believe that the next Olympics are less than a year away.

  8. Oh, I would love to be able to watch the olympics!!! Skiing looks like such a fun sport too!

  9. This is awesome! Attending an Olympics is a huge bucket list item of mine! Great photos!

    • Hi, Lacey. If I’m still in Korea next February, I plan on attending a few events.

  10. Wonderful photos! I think it is so cool that you were able to experience this! Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi, Kyntra. I’m glad you like the photos. Seeing the pre-Olympic events was exciting.

  11. Nothing better than having sunshine in the winter. Makes everything feel warmer! Bravo to the Canadians (me, being Canadian). Nice to know that the 1 hour train ride is around the corner. What a difference compared to travelling for 3 hours. That will be so good for when the Olympics take place/

    • Hi, Janice. Nothing like bright sunshine on a cold day. It gets those vitamin D levels humming. I’m not sure if I will be here for the Olympics or not, but the high-speed train is going to be great for anyone who decides to attend.

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