Kim Jong-un Wants to Build a Ski Resort in North Korea

Supreme leader of communist nation wants to rival 2018 Winter Olympic host South Korea

A ski area encompassing 68 miles? The Kim family will have no need for a private resort. PHOTO: Alamy

Skiing has reached a new political height, as Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, announced plans for his military (yes, a military) to build a “world-class ski resort” in his nation by next winter to rival 2018 Winter Olympic host and longtime neighbor and enemy South Korea. The Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying, "A skiing wave will seize the country,” once the resort is completed.

As for mountain specifics, the massive resort at the Masik Pass Skiing Ground will be spread over 68 miles of mountainside, which would unofficially allow for 27 terrain parks of all levels. According to the report, the highest peak in that range is only 4,400 feet. Apparently, Kim could care less about climate change science that predicts that low-elevation ski areas will be extinct in 50 years. Due to U.N. sanctions on imported goods, Kim also called for the immediate production of ski equipment and apparel.

Aside from adversarial motivation, Kim may have a sincere desire to shred, as he studied abroad in Switzerland for seven years while vacationing over holidays with his family in Interlaken, an alpinist hotspot in the shadow of iconic peaks as the Eiger and Jungfrau.