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In spite of its small area, which is mostly hilly, Slovakia is densely interwoven by a net of ski-tows and ski-lifts. More than 1000 ski-tows and 30 ski-lifts are in operation and their number is growing. From the top the terminal stations there are hundreds of down-hill pistes, from the very gentle – for beginners, to the most demanding, which comply with the international criteria for master competitions.
Ski-alpinism is a combination of cross-country skiing, mountaineering and alpine skiing. Its fans seek new opportunities for testing own stamina and strength in the extreme conditions of winter alpine nature. The Slovak mountains provide very good conditions for pursuing this sport, and ski-alpinism fans recommend Jasenska valley in Velka Fatra, the area of Chopok and Dumbier in the Low Tatras, Mala and Velka Studena valley and Skalnata valley in the High Tatras, Rohace and Ziarska valley in the West Tatras, and the well known Vratna valley in Mala Fatra.
Snowboarding is the most dynamically developing winter sport, which acquires fans by, so to speak, geometric series in the whole world. Slovakia is no exception - the number of fans has been increasing every year also thanks to finished terrain in individual ski resorts. A new opportunity for excellent surfing on snowboard is offered by SKI Jasna skiing centre in the Low Tatras, where a brand new U-ramp has been built this winter season.
Ski centres in Slovak regions:
Z I L I N A r e g i o n
Skipark Ruzomberok- MALINO BRDO (545-1209m)
More info: www.skipark.sk
MARTINSKE HOLE (650 - 1440m)
An important skiing centre in the mountain range Mala Fatra near the town of Martin, it is accessible not only by car but also by the chair lift from Podstrani (Martin). There are 7 ski- tows, a chair lift, 9 ski tracks of various levels of difficulty, a ski servicing, ski hire service and a ski school for young and adult skiers at your disposal. Cross-country skiing enthusiasts will be pleased to find the cross-country tracks within the Martinske Hole tourist centre area as well as on the mountain ridge of Martinske Hole. At the end of the winter season the farewell party and snow-carnival takes place.
More info: www.martinskehole.sk
JASENSKA DOLINA ( 540 - 720 m)
More info: www.jasenskadolina.sk
More info: www.velkaraca.sk
JASNA - CHOPOK JUH (950 - 2024m)
The centre Jasna is located in the Demanovska valley on the northern slopes of the Dumbier section of the Nizke Tatry. You will find here all you need for pleasant winter holiday: The best downhill runs and cross-country skiing tracks, 7 chair lifts, 14 ski-tows, l cable car, a ski school, a ski equipment hiring services, ski-servicing, excellent conditions for ski-alpinism and paragliding, and even winter bathing in the thermal swimming pool in Besenova. In the Demanovska valley you can visit the Ice Cave and the Cave of Freedom which is accessible all year round. Every year European or World Cup championship downhill skiing takes place here.
More info: www.jasna.sk
VRATNA (620 - 1709m)
You will find the ski centre Vratna in one of the most beautiful valleys in Slovakia, in the Vratna valley which is situated in the Krivan part of the mountain range of the Mala Fatra. Its north-facing downhill slopes will give you a chance to enjoy snow and skiing until late spring. The centre is equipped with 4 chair lifts, 13 ski-tows and ski equipment hire services. The youngest fans of this beautiful sport - skiing are taught by trained teachers from ski schools. If you wish to share the feelings of the World Cup champions you can try the professional downhill racing tracks – in the ice cauldron under Grun in Vratna. You will surely enjoy evening skiing with artificial lighting, or a ride on a horse sledge. The downhill skiing races, dogsled racing and evenings listening to the Terchovska folk music ensemble enriches the offer at the Vratna skiing centre.
More info: www.vratna.sk
More info: www.tatrawestsro.sk
B A N S K A B Y S T R I C A r e g i o n
DONOVALY (915 - 1403 m)
In the middle of Slovakia, near Banska Bystrica, is located Donovaly, one of the biggest winter sports centres. The mountain slopes on the Zvolen peak attract competent and enthusiastic skiers, the part of Donovaly called Zahradiste is better suited for family skiing outings. If you are a beginner you will find good ski schools at Donovaly. Lovers of "non-traditional sports" like paragliding must not the miss the beautiful panorama of Donovaly.
Good skiing terrain, large parking sites, a sufficient number of ski-tows and ski-lifts, a large number of accommodation facilities in mountain hotels and chalets, together with the mountain rescue service station, and Alaska-like atmosphere at the dogsledding race, a snowboarding school and bungee jumping - you will find all this when you visit Donovaly.
More info: www.parksnow.sk
SKALKA (550 - 1232 m)
In the mountain range of Kremnicke vrchy, not far from the medieval royal mining town of Kremnica you will find the skiing centre - Skalka. If you stay in hotels or chalets at Skalka you just put your skis on and go downhill according your skill and choice. There are two easy slopes for beginners, and three others are suitable for more demanding skiers. And those who do not find time enough for skiing during the day still have a chance to ski in the evening on the lit downhill track. Cross-country skiers know that Skalka has 20 km of perfectly finished cross-country tracks. Don’t miss the view from 1200 m high Skalka which is one of the most beautiful. Skalka is also the starting point of The Biela Stopa SNP Race, the second most demanding race for both professionals and amateurs, after the Swedish Vasa Race.
P R E S O V r e g i o n
STRBSKE PLESO (1300 - 1915m)
The centre Strbske Pleso is a part of a national park. It is situated on the southern section of the Krivanska razsocha (bifurcation) at the lake of the same name. It boasts of excellently finished downhill runs and cross-country tracks , 2 cable rails, 3 ski-tows, evening skiing, ski service, a ski equipment hiring service, sledging and toboganning, paragliding, Strbske Pleso offers you all this. And anybody who wants more can try the magic of winter mountain climbing with a mountain guide. To the fans of the Nordic ski disciplines Tatra Cup is an event featuring annually in the World Cup series.
More info: www.parksnow.sk
SKALNATE PLESO (1600 -2200m)
Advanced skiers will have the time of their life if they visit the most highly situated ski centre Skalnate Pleso, where on the demanding slope of the Lomnicke sedlo they can test their skiing skills. Skalnate Pleso affords you a beautiful view from Lomnicky Peak which you can reach by cable car.
KROMPACHY - PLEJSY (485 - 1025m)
A much-sought after ski centre is located southeast of the town of Krompachy, in the Spis region. Thanks to its natural condition it is as if it were created for family holidays but even competent skiers can find excellent conditions here. The downhill runs are situated on the northern slopes of the Krompassky vrch which you can reach by one of 7 ski-tows or by the double chair lift 2 km long. If you want to exchange the downhill skis for cross-country ones you will find here several kilometres of cross-country tracks.
More info: www.plejsy.com