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SNOW now covers most of Slovakia, and some areas in the North have received almost one metre of fresh snow. Resorts above the treeline such as Chopok Juh (South) and Lomnické sedlo are reporting record amounts: 250 to 300 cms. New snow has also increased the avalanche danger in some mountains to level 4 and there's a level 5 alert in the Veľká Fatra, so be careful if you decide to ski off trail and always enlist the services of a certified Slovak mountain guide.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as January 26

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 50 - 70 cm very good Sk690 All lifts in service, in high winds peak lifts do not operate
Chopok - South 170 - 300 cm very good Sk500 5 out of 6 lifts in service, in high winds Kosodrevina does not operate
Donovaly 70 - 800 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Veľká Rača 100 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Štrbské Pleso 150 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Plejsy 60 cm very good Sk590 6 out of 7 lifts in service
Skipark Ružomberok 80 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Martinské hole 120 cm very good Sk550 All lifts in service the surcharge for the chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 100 cm very good Sk580 All lifts in service
Lomnnické sedlo 250 cm very good Sk550 Price includes a gondola from Tatranská Lomnica
Vrátna dolina 50 - 85 cm very good Sk570 11 out of 13 lifts in service, Chleb out of service from 01/2004

SNOW now covers most of Slovakia, and some areas in the North have received almost one metre of fresh snow. Resorts above the treeline such as Chopok Juh (South) and Lomnické sedlo are reporting record amounts: 250 to 300 cms. New snow has also increased the avalanche danger in some mountains to level 4 and there's a level 5 alert in the Veľká Fatra, so be careful if you decide to ski off trail and always enlist the services of a certified Slovak mountain guide.

Vrátna will open a new terrain park on February 5, and night skiing is now offered at Vrátna, as well as Jasná, Veľká Rača, Donovaly, and Štrbské Pleso.

Weather forecasters predict more snow showers and cold weather with temperatures ranging from -15C in the morning to -2 in the afternoons. February is the start of the European school holiday period, so slopes can get more crowded, but many resorts have invested in new high capacity lifts so you should not wait more than 15 minutes even in peaks.

One way to beat the crowds is to sample one of Slovakia's many smaller resorts. Ski Turecká, a resort in the Veľká Fatra near Banská Bystrica, offers six lifts, seven runs, and a vertical drop of 740 meters. Currently, it reports a base of 100 cms and a one-day adult ticket is just Sk380 (€10) - see skiturecka.lanovky.sk.

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


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