Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

Playdoci: Be a Gardener or a Ski Patroller

I wish I was a gardener, watering plants is so relaxing. Or a ski patroller, spraying the snow on the slopes. I also wish that I'd have a wall socket in my home for "snow" in addition to "power", "Internet", and "vacuuming".

Clearly, the guys at Playdoci near Seoul have a dream job :-)

Also, equally clearly, Playdoci has come up with a winning model: the downside with all those outdoor and indoor ski areas is that it is often darn cold. Something with snowmaking requiring cold temperatures.

But it does not have to be like that, and it isn't like that in Playdoci. If your snowmaking equipment works in a separate room, in a machine, and the snow is only sprayed through a tube to the actual ski hall, then the temperature in the hall can be quite reasonable. Think of fish or meat shops and the like, there's usually snow laying around somewhere under some products, and the temperature in the shop is still warm. The same principle works here. As long as there's sufficient influx of snow to the slope, the room doesn't have to be in minus degrees.

And so you can make your ski slope also the place for concerts, parties, warm plastic igloos, and have disco balls hanging from the ceiling.

But the Playdoci amusement park (or building) goes far beyond the ski slope. It hosts probably a thousand playthings for the kids, from drivable robots to drone flying to water park and to the ski slope. You can find it between Seoul and the Incheon airport, in the city of Bucheon. It is in theory half an hour from Seoul, but on any reasonable time of the day you can safely assume it takes at least an hour, due to traffic.

Coming back from this place, I had difficulty getting a taxi back. Thankfully the nice locals helped me by ordering a taxi for me. Yet another sign of how friendly the Koreans are.





Play
READ THE STORY
Throwback: Simon Dumont’s Slumdog Illionaire
Up Next Ski

Throwback: Simon Dumont’s Slumdog Illionaire

Throwback: Simon Dumont’s Slumdog Illionaire

Ah, the good old days of park skiing. Corks were corked, blunts were capped, and rotations rarely exceeded 1080. It truly was a golden age of style-over-spin, even if fashion trends might have left something to be desired.  RELATED: Nick McNutt's Breakthrough Co-Lab Edit Dumont isn't skiing as much these days, but his Instagram full of beautiful travel and lifestyle photos makes it clear that he's doing just fine:  View this post on Instagram

Play
READ THE STORY
The Fifty Ep. 12: The Grand Teton ft. Jimmy Chin
Up Next Ski

The Fifty Ep. 12: The Grand Teton ft. Jimmy Chin

The Fifty Ep. 12: The Grand Teton ft. Jimmy Chin

Episode 12 of Cody Townsend and Bjarne Salen's "The Fifty" follows the dynamic duo up and down the Grand Teton, one of Jackson, WY's most iconic features. The 13,775-foot peak is no easy ascent, requiring a fair bit of technical climbing. With that in mind, Cody and Bjarne enlist the help of the one-and-only Jimmy Chin, a longtime Teton resident.  RELATED: The Fifty Ep.11- Cody Takes Some Giant Steps Jimmy Chin makes his way towards the col. Bjarne Salen photo. Townsend, Salen, and Chin face

Play
READ THE STORY
Take A Run Down A Classic Chamonix Extreme Line
Up Next Ski

Take A Run Down A Classic Chamonix Extreme Line

Take A Run Down A Classic Chamonix Extreme Line

Spring skiing came late to Chamonix this year, but the gang of skiers that makes the place what it is were happy to wait. After several big spring storms blanketed the high mountains with a healthy coat of powder, locals Leo Slemett and Pierre Guyot dropped into an absolute classic of a line right off the top of the Aiguille du Midi – the Cosmiques Couloir. Sidestepping down what is normally rappelled, the two mountain goats score the steep couloir in near-perfect conditions with a huge group