Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Ski Window

RECENT warm weather has degraded natural snow conditions under 1,200 meters. Resorts with snowmaking, however, are still managing to keep some low elevation terrain open. The weather forecast is for hazy conditions in valleys and sunny weather at higher altitudes. Low night-time temperatures will create excellent conditions for snowmaking, and more resorts should be open for the weekend of December 17 and 18.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as December 16

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 40 cm good Sk490 / 690 Only Záhradky and Biela Púť open, Chopok-Juh and Luková closed
Donovaly 40 cm very good Sk380 / 690 Nová hoľa closed, all lifts at Záhradište in service
Veľká Rača 35 cm very good Sk650 / 690 All lifts in service
Štrbské Pleso 80 cm very good Sk380 / 690 All lifts in service
Plejsy 60 cm very good Sk380 / 640 All lifts in service
Skipark Ružomberok 20 cm closed Sk690 Plans to open December 23
Martinské hole 40 cm very good Sk330 / 600 All lifts in service, extra price for chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 50 cm very good Sk500 / 580 All lifts in service
Lomnnické sedlo - closed - closed
Vrátna dolina 50 cm very good Sk490 / 590 All lifts at Paseky in service, Príslop and Grúň, 20 cm

Prepared by Roman Millan with John Sherwood, Special to the Spectator

COLD weather and determined snowmaking efforts allowed many resorts to open last weekend, including Skipark Ružomberok, Veľká Rača-Laliky, and Plejsy. Early season rates will last until December 26. Thereafter, tickets will increase to regular season prices as indicated by the bold numbers in the skipass column. The funicular from Štrba to Štrbské Pleso in the High Tatras is in full service, and the cable cars (Skalnaté Pleso, Lomnický Štít, and Hrebienok) will open, beginning December 26. The mountain railway from Poprad to Štrbské Pleso will open the following segments, beginning December 25: Poprad-Starý Smokovec and Starý Smokovec-Tatranská Lomnica.

Note: the Starý Smokovec-Štrbské Pleso segment will be closed until summer. All major resorts have special programmes planned for New Year's Eve (Silvester), December 31. Veľká Rača offers a Ski and Dance Party: ski from 8:30 to 20:30, and then enjoy dancing and midnight fireworks at the disco. The weather forecast calls for snow from December 22, so conditions are subject to change. For up-to-date snow reports, please consult www.holidayinfo.sk or the individual web site of the ski resort you plan to visit.

Prepared by Roman Millan with John Sherwood, Special to the Spectator

Top stories

Largest companies that help search for job or employees

Not only well-known names placed in the list of the 10 largest employment agencies in Slovakia.

Employee of the ministry’s agency accused of corruption

If found guilty, the employee of the Agricultural Paying Agency may spend up to eight years in prison for taking a bribe.

Sagan wins first race of 2017 Video

The Slovak cyclist triumphed at the second race of the Belgian classics.

Peter Sagan

Queues rigged at foreigners’ police, say clients

Not our problem, say police, who blame ‘cultural specifics’ and ‘habits’ of foreigners.

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.