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Easter in the mountains

WINTER MAY HAVE been lackluster this year, but some Slovak resorts are still offering excellent opportunities for skiing. The snow is already wet and heavy during the day and ski slopes are rough, but a stay in the mountains remains magical.

Ski resorts are about more than just skiing.
photo: Roman Millan

WINTER MAY HAVE been lackluster this year, but some Slovak resorts are still offering excellent opportunities for skiing. The snow is already wet and heavy during the day and ski slopes are rough, but a stay in the mountains remains magical. In particular, when you find yourself sunbathing in a deck chair, or sipping tea or mulled wine. But don't forget that the sun is much stronger now than in winter, so bring along some sunscreen. And in the morning, be careful of the frozen layer atop the snow.

The weather until the Easter holiday should remain stable and somewhat cloudy without any fluctuations in temperature. Altitudes of 1,500 metres should reach temperatures of about 3-6 degrees Celsius during the day that will fall to -5 degrees at night.

Skiiers will find the best skiing conditions on Lomnické Sedlo, or on southern slopes like Chopok, and in Štrbské Pleso.

With the ski season nearly over, ski centres have once again dropped their prices. For example, Chopok is running a sale in which skiiers can get three days for the price of two. Vrátka ski centre on Chleb is offering a special price of Sk550, for which you will also receive a special bonus - a serving of chalet owner's tea. It's possible the centres will prepare some last-minute events to end the season.

More significant price cuts are expected after the holiday, but, at that point, only ski centres in the High Tatras and on Chopok mountain will be in operation.


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


Ski resort - price of daily ski pass - snow depth on 28.3.2007
Jasná-Chopok Sk790 65 cm
Chopok-Juh Sk590 240 cm
Štrbské Pleso Sk750 150 cm
Vrátna Sk550 80 cm
Lomnické Sedlo Sk690 320 cm
Martinské hole Sk690 55 cm

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