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As part of historic talks, North and South Korea have agreed to participate in joint ski training at North Korea's Masikryong Ski Resort, ahead of next month's Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Though South Korea won't be sending any of its Olympians — national reserves and promising youth skiers are its most likely candidates — it will have to navigate UN sanctions that prohibit payments to North Korea for things like accommodation and other expenses.
But intrigue surrounds Masikryong.
Work began on the resort in 2013, two years after South Korea was chosen to host the Games.
The giant ski resort appears to be a crucial part of Kim Jong Un's plan to expand leisure facilities across the country, in hopes of raising standards of living.Beach resorts and water parks have already proved popular for locals who can afford the luxury.
Take a look at what it's like to hit the slopes in North Korea.
Masikryong Ski Resort is a pet-project of Kim Jong Un, who is believed to have developed a love for skiing while studying in Switzerland as a teenager.KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/Getty Images
The resort, also known as Masik Pass, is a two-hour drive east of Pyongyang and close to the port city Wonsan. It cost an estimated $30 million.ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Source: The Guardian
There are nine main runs for experienced skiers and two slopes for beginners. One run is more than 5 kilometers long.ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Source: Koryo Group
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