Ski Update: Crazy April lives up to its reputation

THE SITUATION on the weather front is changing rapidly, as anyone who lives near a river can tell you. The snow is melting fast and the temperature is rising. Despite the significant rise in temperature last week, however, it still looks like many centres will be open for Easter skiing. An inflow of cold air from the northwest will help matters, and confirm April's reputation as a "crazy" month for weather.

The time to take a break from skiing is almost here.
photo: SME - Ján Krošlák

THE SITUATION on the weather front is changing rapidly, as anyone who lives near a river can tell you. The snow is melting fast and the temperature is rising. Despite the significant rise in temperature last week, however, it still looks like many centres will be open for Easter skiing. An inflow of cold air from the northwest will help matters, and confirm April's reputation as a "crazy" month for weather.

The week ahead promises unstable weather with showers and snow in the mountains at altitudes above 1,000 metres. Snow should fall more generally in the second part of the week, and temperature will drop to -2 degrees Celsius during the day. Strong winds will add to the pleasantries.

The long-term forecast says that after a cold first week in April, the cold will deepen, rather than lift.

Ski centres have dropped the prices of daily tickets. However, during the Easter weekend expect the same prices as during the winter season. The number of attractions is shrinking, however, but there should be a last blast at Easter.

Skiing is still better now than in midwinter with the slopes half-empty and the weather tolerably good.


Ski resort - snow depth - price of daily ski pass
Štrbské Pleso 150 cm Sk460
Skipark Ružomberok 60 cm Sk520
Veľká Rača 100 cm Sk552 - 621
Vrátna dolina 40-180 cm Sk460
Jasná - Chopok 100-200 cm Sk690
Plejsy 60 cm Sk350
Park Snow Donovaly 50 cm Sk450
Zverovka - Spálená 80 cm Sk580
Chopok - Juh 100 - 250 cm Sk500
Lomnické Sedlo 200 cm Sk199
Note: Because it will be raining at altitudes below 1,000 metres, check ski forecasts before heading for the slopes. Many centres are open only during weekends, or have limited operations.

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