While North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un attended school in Switzerland as a teenager, he took a shine to skiing. But that, of course, has nothing to do with North Korea’s decision to open a multimillion dollar ski resort in Masik. Perish the thought.No, it must instead be the case that the estimated 0.02 percent of the North Korean population who ski really thought the DPRK could use some quality slopes. As always, the Selfless Leader was there to provide. The Guardian:
As he sweeps his hand over the scene, the official displays no doubt that what his country really needs right now is a multimillion-dollar ski resort in the secluded depths of North Korea’s east coast. Kim bristles at the suggestion Masik will be a playground for the nation’s elite and a trickle of eccentric tourists. This, he says, is his country at work. It is proof of the great love of the great leader. […]In Pyongyang, a plethora of recreational sports parks, basketball courts and inline skating rinks have popped up over the past several months. While few North Koreans could afford a trip to Masik Pass, the leadership could offer visits as a reward for loyalty or exceptional work. Planners foresee hordes of tourists driving to the resort after arriving by plane at a converted military airbase in the nearest city, Wonsan. The resort also has its own heliport.
Accompanying the lavish new resort is Kim Jong-Un’s vow that in “just a few years’ time” North Korea will have a world champion skier of their own.Surely everyone will see that North Korea is just as well developed and cultured as the West when skiers start deserting the staid old resorts of the Alps and Rockies for the powdered slopes of the DPRK. As for market reforms, food security, energy sufficiency and human rights? Well, those are on the list, too—right after skate parks and racquetball courts, of course.[Kim Jong-un photo courtesy of AP]