January 27, 2022

North Korean ski resorts prep for tourists despite virus, economic concerns

Yangdok and Masikryong resorts covered in artificial snow, while military ski unit ramps up training at Mount Paektu

North Korea’s two largest ski resorts have begun preparing for domestic visitors this winter, according to NK News analysis of satellite imagery, despite ongoing coronavirus-related travel restrictions and leader Kim Jong Un’s recent warnings of “unprecedented” economic problems.

After beginning to cover their slopes with artificial snow last week, the Yangdok and Masikryong ski resorts could soon receive organized groups from exemplary factories and schools, as well as wealthy individual tourists with the necessary internal travel permissions.