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Skiing conditions worsening at low altitudes

SLOVAK schoolchildren's spring vacation is usually the time of year the snow cover reaches its biggest depths in the mountains, but this year the snow's been melting in all ski resorts at altitudes below 1,300 metres. Nonetheless, ski centres are continuing to report good skiing conditions.

It is high time for enjoying winter sports.
photo: Roman Millan

SLOVAK schoolchildren's spring vacation is usually the time of year the snow cover reaches its biggest depths in the mountains, but this year the snow's been melting in all ski resorts at altitudes below 1,300 metres. Nonetheless, ski centres are continuing to report good skiing conditions.

But, alas, the prediction is conditions will continue to worsen, even though considerable cold fronts have been forecast to hit the country. The popular free-style show Skočsi, which was planned for Donovaly on March 3, had to be cancelled due to a snow shortage. The thousands of disappointed fans can go instead to the Jasná ski centre below Chopok Mountain, where HOTROAD Let's go! will play music, hold a number of competitions and give people a taste of the hot drink Let's Go!

A similar event will take place in Vrátna - Bažanti na snehu (Pheasants on snow) on March 3. For sledge lovers, we recommend the sledge track from Hrebienok to Starý Smokovec, which is about 2.6 km long. Evening sledging takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 17:00 to 21:00. Skiers who love to sunbathe should go to Skalnaté Pleso in the High Tatras, where at 1,751 metres below Lomnický Štít peak, they can enjoy peace of mind lying in deckchairs with, for example, a glass of mulled wine in their hand. But remember to check snow conditions before setting out for a ski centre if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises.

For more information, go to www.ski.sk.


Ski resort - price of daily ski pass - snow depth on 22.2.2007
Jasná-Chopok Sk790 75 cm***
Chopok-Juh Sk350 80 - 195 cm***
Štrbské Pleso Sk750 140 cm***
Donovaly Sk750 40 cm***
Skalnaté Pleso Sk690 350 cm****
Veľká Rača Sk740 30 cm**
Vrátna Sk680 50 cm***
Skipark Ružomberok Sk690 25 cm**
Martinské hole Sk630 90 cm***
Plejsy Sk500 40 cm***

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

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