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Ski Resort Life

The Great Pleasure Project

Skiing on Masik Ryong Ski Resort’s untouched corduroy along Slope 6, the only sl
Skiing on Masik Ryong Ski Resort’s untouched corduroy along Slope 6, the only slope groomed from wall to wall. Photo: Dan Patitucci
Our correspondents are among the first to ride the lifts at North Korea’s $100 million luxury ski resort, a “pleasure project” of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s.

Photos by Dan Patitucci

TO GET TO THE WORLD’S MOST exotic ski resort you must first get to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where, after the People’s Army checks your papers and records your smartphone’s serial number, you will end up at the Yanggakdo, one of perhaps eight hotels in this city of 2.5 million people where foreigners are allowed to stay. The hotel is grayish blue and lords over a horn-shaped island. It has 47 floors and a thousand outdated rooms. About 30 of those rooms are occupied today.

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