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WINTER has certainly arrived with significant snowfall and strong winds. The mountains of northern Slovakia are covered with 20 to 100 centimetres of new, wet snow, which makes for decent skiing. All marked ski trails in Slovakia are protected against avalanches but those wishing to ski off trail should consult with Ski Patrol about possible off-piste avalanche hazards in the High and Low Tatras. Skiing off trail in National Parks in Slovakia is also illegal.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as January 6

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 40 - 80 cm very good Sk690 12 out of 16 lifts in service
Chopok - South 60 - 100 cm very good Sk500 4 out of 6 lifts in service
Donovaly 50 - 60 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Veľká Rača 30 - 50 cm very good Sk650 5 out of 6 lifts in service
Štrbské Pleso 100 - 170 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Plejsy 60 cm very good Sk550 All lifts in service
Skipark Ružomberok 50 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Martinské hole 90 cm very good Sk550 All lifts in service, the surcharge for the chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 70 cm very good Sk580 All lifts in service
Lomnnické sedlo 100 - 200 cm very good Sk550 Avalanche danger! Call 052/4467-884 for more information
Vrátna dolina 20 - 60 cm very good Sk570 6 out of 13 lifts in service

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

WINTER has certainly arrived with significant snowfall and strong winds. The mountains of northern Slovakia are covered with 20 to 100 centimetres of new, wet snow, which makes for decent skiing. All marked ski trails in Slovakia are protected against avalanches but those wishing to ski off trail should consult with Ski Patrol about possible off-piste avalanche hazards in the High and Low Tatras. Skiing off trail in National Parks in Slovakia is also illegal. Temperatures will range from -4 to +2. Meteorologists forecast occasional snow showers through Wednesday, and the skies will clear as a cold front moves in from the east. If you decide to visit the High Tatras, you can check snow conditions by calling, 052/4467-884. Enjoy the new snow and low post-holiday crowds. This is an ideal time to ski or snowboard. For something different, try snow rafting or kite skiing at Jasná - Záhradky.

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


Photo: www.goski.sk

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