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SKI WINDOW


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

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as February 10

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
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.

Chopok Juh has an amazing 300 cms of natural snow, and features both marked slopes and off-piste extreme skiing. Along with Slovak extreme skier Andrej Matyáš, we will be reporting from the slopes at Chopok Juh and Jasná next week to test the goods. Last weekend, we skied Martinské Hole and Vrátna and report "stellar" conditions at both venues. People will be talking about this ski season in Slovakia for many years to come. Try not to miss it.

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
with John Sherwood, special to the Spectator

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