Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as February 10
|The SPECTATOR's regular ski update|
|Jasná||50 - 70 cm||very good||Sk690||All lifts in service.|
|Chopok - South||170 - 300 cm||very good||Sk500||All lifts in service|
|Donovaly||80 - 90 cm||very good||Sk640||All lifts in service|
|Veľká Rača||130 - 150 cm||very good||Sk650||All lifts in service|
|Štrbské Pleso||150 cm||very good||Sk640||All lifts in service|
|Plejsy||90 cm||very good||Sk590||All lifts in service|
|Skipark Ružomberok||100 cm||very good||Sk650||All lifts in service|
|Martinské hole||145 cm||very good||Sk550||All lifts in service - surcharge for chair lift to resort is Sk150|
|Zverovka||100 cm||very good||Sk580||All lifts in service|
|Lomnnické sedlo||260 cm||very good||Sk550||Price includes a gondola from Tatranská Lomnica|
|Vrátna dolina||70 - 110 cm||very good||Sk570||11 out of 13 lifts in service, Chleb out of service|
IT FINALLY stopped snowing in Slovakia last week, and conditions for skiing are perfect, albeit cold. The brief respite in natural snow and cold weather has also allowed the snowpack to stabilize. Most mountain areas of Slovakia are reporting a level 2 (out of 5) avalanche hazard. More snow and slightly warmer temperatures, however, will arrive next week, which could increase the avalanche risk. For the latest avalanche conditions, check this web site regularly: www.hzs.sk/info/lavinyprehlad.php.
Another good bet is Donovaly. It constructed a huge "kicker" from artificial snow and will host a "big air" competition for snowboarders called Skocsy. Ruslana from the Ukraine will perform the "wild dances" at the Ružomberok sports hall February 18. Skipark Ružomberok also offers weekend competitions for free ski passes, and entrance tickets to the Bešeňová thermal spa. Finally, do not miss the Becherovka Ski Show at Štrbské Pleso - a giant slalom race open to everyone.
For those in search of a quieter, family style resort, consider Valčianska dolina. The resort, situated in the Malá Fatra just 15 km from Martin, has 80 cms of snow on its 820-metre slopes and features five lifts. Day tickets are Sk410 (€10.5 and Sk270 (€7.09) for children under 12. For additional information, see www.snowland-valca.sk.
Prepared by Roman Millan
14. Feb 2005 at 0:00
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