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Thursday, 29 July 2004
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2010 Winter Olympic host nation finalists South Korea are still investing heavily in winter sports infrastructure according to the latest reports.
Last December, Kangwon Province governor Kim Jun-sun visited Switzerland and the United States and succeeded in attracting $300 million in investment, two-thirds of it for the Mountain Jangsan ski resort project in an abandoned mine area.
The Mt. Jangsan project is aimed at building a comprehensive, year-round mountain resort complex with skiing and accommodation facilities on the north eastern slope of Mt. Jangsan (1,408 meters above sea level), which is located adjacent to Mt. Taebaek Provincial Park. Mt. Jangsan has optimal geographical and topographical conditions for building a ski resort, with an altitude that is from 700 to 1,408 meters above sea level and a gradient from 35 to 50 percent.
Currently the biggest lift-served vertical in Korea is at Muju ski resort, which has a 465m vertical between 750m and 1215m above sea level.
Kangwon (Gangwon) province is located in the north east of the country and is dubbed the ``Korean Alps'' due to its beautiful scenery. As the resort site is located adjacent to Mt. Taebaek Provincial Park and the Kangwon Land Casino Resort, the project site has a competitive edge to become a year-round resort complex.
In order to establish an industry combined with education and entertainment facilities, the province has joined hands with experienced Swiss company Tigerdev, headed by Andre Guinnard, to run a Swiss ski and tourism school.


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