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MARCH has arrived like a lion in Slovakia with record-breaking snow and bitterly cold weather. There is a moderate, level three avalanche hazard in the High and Low Tatras, and last week, an avalanche killed two snowboarders in the High Tatras.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as of March 2

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 190 - 320 cm very good Sk500 All lifts in service
Donovaly 110 - 120 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Veľká Rača 150 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Štrbské Pleso 190 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Plejsy 100 cm very good Sk590 All lifts in service
Skipark Ružomberok 130 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Martinské hole 185 cm very good Sk550 All lifts in service - surcharge for chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 120 cm very good Sk580 All lifts in service
Lomnnické sedlo 310 cm very good Sk550 Price includes a gondola from Tatranská Lomnica
Vrátna dolina 75 - 150 cm very good Sk570 11 out of 13 lifts in service, Chleb out of service from1/2004



MARCH has arrived like a lion in Slovakia with record-breaking snow and bitterly cold weather. There is a moderate, level three avalanche hazard in the High and Low Tatras, and last week, an avalanche killed two snowboarders in the High Tatras. When skiing off trail, always hire a certified mountain guide and carry an avalanche kit (a shovel, beacon, and probe). Meteorologists forecast another week of cold weather with scattered snow showers and temperatures in the mountains ranging from -10 in the morning to -2 degree in the afternoon. Last Friday, I skied a nice small resort in the Low Tatras called Liptovská Teplička (950 - 1,300 m), www.tldtatry.sk. Just 45 minutes from Poprad by car, this resort has three Poma lifts, a grooming machine, night skiing, and snowmaking cannons. The 1,250-metre long intermediate slope proved steep enough to challenge me but better skiers can explore ungroomed terrain off trail. The resort's high elevation makes for snow conditions similar to Štrbské Pleso, and a day ticket at Liptovská Teplička is Sk350.

When visiting the Tatras, do not miss a gondola ride to the top of Lomnický peak (2,632 m). The gondola base station is Tatranská Lomnica, a 20-minute drive from Poprad or a short trip on the famous High Tatras electric train. A round trip gondola ride is Sk800.


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

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