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Snow, but winter still not chilly

THE FIRST HALF of February has come and gone already and, even though there is enough snow in the mountains, we still have not enjoyed a truly chilly winter.

Slovak ski resorts offer excellent skiing conditions.
photo: Roman Millan

THE FIRST HALF of February has come and gone already and, even though there is enough snow in the mountains, we still have not enjoyed a truly chilly winter. The temperature in ski resorts continues to climb above zero during daylight hours, leaving only ski slopes at higher altitudes with the firm base needed for excellent skiing. It may sound incredible, but Slovakia's Lomnické Sedlo, now under 3 metres of snow and facing the prospect of even more, has one of the highest snow depths in all of Europe. Meteorologists predict snow in the upcoming week, but rain at altitudes below 1,000 metres. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 4 degrees below and above 0 Celsius. This means lower parts of ski slopes will be covered with wet, pulpy snow. But there is some hope the sun will peak out at the end of the week.

If you don't like skiing in such weather, go to Terchová to enjoy a farm horse race on Saturday, February 16. The next day, Štrbské Pleso - Solisko will host the Men and Women's Giant Slalom Grand Prix. Also, February 14 is Valentine's Day, so there is a chance each ski centre will hold a Valentine's party on the weekend.

For more information on skiing go to www.ski.sk.


Ski resort - price of daily ski pass - snow depth on 7.2.2007
Jasná-Chopok Sk790 75 cm**
Chopok-Juh Sk390 100 - 200cm***
Štrbské Pleso Sk750 130 cm***
Donovaly Sk750 60 cm***
Lomnické Sedlo Sk690 300 cm***
Veľká Rača Sk740 50 cm***
Vrátna Sk680 60 cm***
Skipark Ružomberok Sk690 60 cm***
Martinské hole Sk630 100 cm***
Plejsy Sk640 40 cm***

Conditions: *limited **good ***very good

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