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SKI WINDOW

WE have already seen record snowfall in Slovakia and the snow just keeps coming. Donovaly, for example, is reporting 110 cms of snow. This week's forecast calls for continued cold weather with temperatures ranging from -15 to -3 Celsius in most mountain areas.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as February 10

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 85 - 100 cm very good Sk690 All lifts in service.
Chopok - South 180 - 310 cm very good Sk500 All lifts in service
Donovaly 100 - 110 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 120 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Martinské hole 180 cm very good Sk550 All lifts in service - surcharge for chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 110 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 - 140 cm very good Sk570 11 out of 13 lifts in service, Chleb out of service



WE have already seen record snowfall in Slovakia and the snow just keeps coming. Donovaly, for example, is reporting 110 cms of snow. This week's forecast calls for continued cold weather with temperatures ranging from -15 to -3 Celsius in most mountain areas. Be advised that driving on some of the higher elevation roads in Slovakia can be treacherous. Skiers should drive with snow tires and use chains in heavy snow. An even better alternative is to take public transportation to the mountains. There are 10 trains a day running from Bratislava to Ružomberok, the home of Skipark, and hourly bus connections from the station to the slopes. Public transportation not only takes the stress out of winter driving but also delivers you right to the lift with no long walks across endless parking lots in ski boots.

All resorts are offering interesting events, including carnivals and extreme skiing competitions like the Jasná Challenge extreme snowboarding and skiing event on March 5. The time to ski is now, but count on slopes being crowded because of holidays mainly on the weekends. Those in search of quieter slopes should choose one of the smaller resorts listed here: http://www.holidayinfo.sk/.


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

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