On the piste in North Korea: Regime’s luxury ski resort opens for business

On the piste in North Korea: Regime’s luxury ski resort opens for business

(CNN) — Skiing is not the first thing that immediately springs to mind when thinking about North Korea. But a luxury resort in the isolated nation is now receiving visitors.

Located in Masik, Kangwon province, the hotel and resort officially opened January 1 after reportedly encountering a number of setbacks.

Simon Cockerell of Beijing-based Koryo Tours was one of the first visitors invited to the resort — representing one of the few foreign tour companies operating in North Korea.

Cockerell shared his surreal experience on the company’s blog, recounting some surprise encounters.

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