IN ADDITION to the High Tatras, in December the ski season also starts in other ski resorts in Slovakia. For the growing numbers of domestic and foreign visitors, most of the resorts offer all the requisite activities of a winter sports holiday - snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing, night skiing, activities for children, alternatives for non-skiers and aprés-ski relaxation.
Skiing is often possible until March but because of the unpredictability of weather conditions at that time, it is advisable to check with the respective locations' information bureaus or with the Slovak Meteorological Institute at www.shmu.sk/snowinfo if you plan to ski that late in the year.
Below are the most popular ski centres listed by region. For more detailed information, visit www.yeti.sk.
Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise)
Mlynky-Dedinky: several connected ski slopes for beginners and advanced skiers, cross-country skiing.
Other locations in the area: Krompachy-Plejsy, Hnilčík-Mráznica, Dobšinská Maša, Čingov-Džurkovec. www.slovenskyraj.sk
Nízke Tatry (Low Tatras)
Chopok Juh: 7 km of slopes, 4 ski lifts and one 4-seat chairlift.
Chopok Sever: Jasná - 21 km of slopes, also with snowmaking, good conditions for snowboarding. www.skijasna.sk
Other locations: Liptovský Ján, Vyšná Boca, Tále, Čertovica.
Ružomberok: 7 ski lifts and 2 chairlifts, slopes for all categories of skiers, ski and snowboard schools, snowtubing (sliding down the hill on an inner tube). www.skipark.sk
Donovaly: 14 ski lifts and 10 km of slopes, also with snowmaking, cross-country and night skiing, additional sporting activities - sled-dog racing, paragliding, ice skating. www.skidonovaly.sk
Other locations: Jasenská dolina, Malinô Brdo, Krahule, Liptovské Revúce, Turecká.
Martinské hole: 7 ski lifts, 1 chairlift, 9 slopes of different levels of difficulty, more than 5 km of cross-country tracks.
Other locations: Vrátna dolina, Malá Lučivná, Rajecká Lesná, Čičmany.
Slovenské Beskydy (Kysuce)
Veľká Rača: 2 chairlifts, 10 km of slopes, 4 cross-country tracks of different lengths, night skiing, transportation available from various cities around Slovakia. www.velkaraca.sk
Kubínska Hoľa: 6 lifts, cross-country skiing, ski-school for children, snowboarding fun-park. www.hal.vud.sk/kubhola
Other locations: Dolný Kubín, Oravská Lesná, Brezovica.