Ski resorts across the country prepare for busy winter season

WITH the first snow falling a week ago, the winter season has evidently arrived. Ski resorts across the country, though, did not wait until then. Long before, they were busy with snowmaking, so they could welcome the first skiers before Christmas.
There are dozens of ski centres in Slovakia, most of them located in the country's mountainous north. The most-visited region during the winter is Slovakia's tallest mountain range, the High Tatras, with several ski centres scattered throughout it. The region is a paradise for domestic as well as foreign skiers because its services are among the least expensive in Central Europe.


ŠTRBSKĚ Pleso, a favourite winter sports resort in the High Tatra (Vysoké Tatry) mountains.
photo: Zuzana Habšudová

WITH the first snow falling a week ago, the winter season has evidently arrived. Ski resorts across the country, though, did not wait until then. Long before, they were busy with snowmaking, so they could welcome the first skiers before Christmas.

There are dozens of ski centres in Slovakia, most of them located in the country's mountainous north. The most-visited region during the winter is Slovakia's tallest mountain range, the High Tatras, with several ski centres scattered throughout it. The region is a paradise for domestic as well as foreign skiers because its services are among the least expensive in Central Europe.

Altogether there are 27 ski lifts in the High Tatras - including chairlifts and one gondola leading up to Lomnický Štít (Peak) - which carry skiers to the top.

Non-skiers and beginners have not been forgotten. There are many activities for non-skiers, like the over-three-kilometre sledding slope in Starý Smokovec. For beginners, almost every ski resort provides ski lessons in several languages. And those who do not have their own ski equipment will have no problems renting it.

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