Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as January 13
|The SPECTATOR's regular ski update|
|Jasná||40 - 50 cm||very good||Sk690||12 out of 16 lifts in service|
|Chopok - South||80 - 100 cm||very good||Sk500||4 out of 6 lifts in service|
|Donovaly||50 - 60 cm||very good||Sk640||13 out of 15 lifts in service|
|Veľká Rača||30 - 50 cm||very good||Sk650||5 out of 6 lifts in service|
|Štrbské Pleso||100 cm||very good||Sk640||All lifts in service|
|Plejsy||60 cm||very good||Sk590||4 out of 7 lifts in service|
|Skipark Ružomberok||50 cm||very good||Sk650||All lifts in service|
|Martinské hole||70 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||150 cm||very good||Sk550||Price includes a gondola ride from Tatranská Lomnica|
|Vrátna dolina||25 - 40 cm||very good||Sk570||7 out of 13 lifts in service|
AFTER a bout of warm weather, winter has once again returned to the mountains. This week offers typical January weather: a few snow showers but otherwise partly cloudy weather. Many of Slovakia's slopes are tree-lined so visibility is generally good even in flat light conditions. Temperatures at 1,000 meters should range between -10 and -4 degrees celcius, and we should not see any major snow until the end of the week. Those who enjoy "free heel" skiing should visit Martinské hole (30 km from Žilina) where a Telemark party will be held from January 21 to 23 (for more, see www.telemark.sk). There will be a demo day at Veľká Rača on January 22 where skiers can test new equipment from Elan.
Prepared by Roman Millan with John Sherwood, Special to the Spectator
17. Jan 2005 at 0:00
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