Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as December 16
|The SPECTATOR's regular ski update|
|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|
|Vrátna dolina||50 cm||very good||Sk490 / 590||All lifts at Paseky in service, Príslop and Grúň, 20 cm|
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
20. Dec 2004 at 0:00
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