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SKI WINDOW: the SPECTATOR's regular ski update


SLOVAKIA is experiencing its coldest winter in 50 years and there is still no end in sight. Ideal snow conditions can be found at nearly every resort in the country due to daily snow showers and persistent cold weather. I skied in Skipark Ružomberok last weekend, and never once waited in line for a lift.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as of March 9

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 90 - 110 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 Sk490 All lifts in service
Skipark Ružomberok 130 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Martinské hole 195 cm very good Sk550 All lifts in service - surcharge for chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 130 cm very good Sk580 All lifts in service
Lomnnické sedlo 300 cm very good Sk550 Price includes a gondola from Tatranská Lomnica
Vrátna dolina 80 - 160 cm very good Sk570 11 out of 13 lifts in service, Chleb out of service from1/2004



SLOVAKIA is experiencing its coldest winter in 50 years and there is still no end in sight. Ideal snow conditions can be found at nearly every resort in the country due to daily snow showers and persistent cold weather. I skied in Skipark Ružomberok last weekend, and never once waited in line for a lift. These are the best of times for winter sports enthusiasts in Slovakia. With the exception of possible mixed rain and snow showers on Wednesday, the cold weather should continue with mountain temperatures ranging from -8/-12 by morning and -6/-2 by day.

Park Snow Donovaly invites you to the K2 Slovak Freeskiing Challenge on March 19. Jasná will host the Becherovka Ski Show (ski cross, exhibitions, and jumping) on the same day. Skalky, a medium-sized resort near the historic town of Kremnica, has six lifts and close to 9.56 kilometres of marked trails. The resort currently advertises 150 cms of snow - an excellent base not only for downhill skiing but cross-country as well. Skalky connects to Kremnica's extensive network of Nordic trails and offers some of the finest "freeheel" skiing in all of Slovakia. For more, see www.skalky.sk.


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

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