A three-hour drive east from the capital Pyongyang, the slopes at Masikryong rival the best in many countries: 4,000 feet at the top, with 10 slopes to challenge all levels of skiers, from beginners to the slalom experts weaving their way down the wide pistes.
Only four slopes were open when NBC News visited, but that had more to do with the blizzard than anything else.
Chairlifts take parties of excited schoolchildren from chalets and the resort's main hotel — which offers first, second or third-class rooms.
They're dressed in multicolored ski suits, many with new boots and skis. Equipment is offered for rent or for sale at the ski shop.
A full ski outfit with gear costs several months worth of wages for even the most affluent local customer.
But this resort is beyond the imagining of most of the North Korea's dirt-poor people.
And propaganda is never far away. At the bottom of the slopes a giant screen blasts out patriotic music, showing scenes of saluting generals and Kim's officials from a Communist Party conference.
In the hotel lobby, copies of Pyongyang newspapers recount the visit of the supreme leader himself to the resort last year. Kim watched the skiing, praised the country's sportsmen and women and then, incongruously, watched some nearby artillery firing.
War and the enemies on the doorstep — the "puppet regime" of South Korea and the "imperialist" American forces based there — are never far from the minds of the rulers here.
So it pains the North Koreans that next year's Winter Olympics will be held on the Korean Peninsula, but not at their Masikryong resort, where the snow falls thick and deep for three months of every year.
Instead, the world will flock to Pyongchang in hated South Korea, where artificial snow will be pumped out to cover the bare patches that scar the otherwise well-appointed resort.
The International Olympic Committee received no bid from North Korea to host the Winter Games and even if they had, it would have been beyond the North's capabilities.
It also would have been out of the question to hold the Olympics in a country that defies the world over its nuclear program and much else.
So, Masikryong will content itself next year, like every year, with the elite of its own closed society.
They will swim in its half-Olympic sized pool, drink imported French cognac and Scotch whisky in its bars — there is no sign of successful sanctions here — and eat delicious fish from the nearby sea.
Perhaps after a Korean foot massage, they will have their hair shaped in one of the 12 suggested styles pictured in the beauty salon.
And then they'll take the long road home, past the massed and huddled work gangs toiling through the day, hacking away at the snow and ice.