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Ski Update: Best time for real winter skiing


WHILE you might yearn for warmer and sunnier weather, especially given the official approach of spring, winter will retain its grip on Slovakia for a few days to come.
Not everyone is unhappy at this prospect.

Forget about spring knocking on the door and go ski!
photo: SME - Ján Krošlák

WHILE you might yearn for warmer and sunnier weather, especially given the official approach of spring, winter will retain its grip on Slovakia for a few days to come.

Not everyone is unhappy at this prospect. Many locations around the country are offering the best snow conditions they have had in the last decade, and the weather forecast holds no prospect of warmer weather just yet. So you might as well quit looking wistfully at the calendar and continue skiing, as this week will not deviate from the winter norm.

After an inflow of arctic air from the north, expect more snow, mainly in the first half of the week. The temperature at altitudes above 1,000 metres will continue to drop to -10 degrees Celsius at night, while during the day it will range between -4 and 0. By the end of the week, it could climb above zero, but only momentarily.

The skiing should therefore be great - the slopes are uncrowded and the conditions are perfect. Ski centres will probably come up with new attractions to lure skiers for the Easter weekend (April 17). For example, Jasná under the Low Tatra's Chopok peak is offering four days of skiing for the price of a three-day ski ticket. Many centres also offer night skiing.

This really is the best time for real winter skiing, however impatient you are for the arrival of spring.

Ski resort - snow depth - price of daily ski pass
Štrbské Pleso 180 cm Sk650
Skipark Ružomberok 115 cm Sk650
Snow Paradise Veľká Rača Oščadnica 90 - 120 cm Sk680
Vrátna dolina 90-190 cm Sk620
Jasná - Chopok 110-250 cm Sk690
Plejsy 90 cm Sk500
Park Snow Donovaly 100 cm Sk640
Zverovka - Spálená 110 cm Sk580
Chopok - Juh 270 cm Sk500

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