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SKI WINDOW: the SPECTATOR's regular ski update


SLOVAKIA's best ski season in 50 years just keeps getting better. More new snow and continued cold weather means that skiing should be excellent for the Easter weekend - a popular holiday for Slovaks. The forecast calls for sunny weather from Wednesday to the end of the week with temperatures ranging from 0/-4 at night to +3/+7 by day.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as of March 16

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 95 - 120 cm very good Sk690 All lifts in service.
Chopok - South 190 - 320 cm very good Sk500 All lifts in service
Donovaly 120 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Veľká Rača 150 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Štrbské Pleso 220 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 215 cm very good Sk550/600 All lifts in service - surcharge for chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 140 cm very good Sk580 All lifts in service
Lomnnické sedlo 310 cm very good Sk550/750 Price includes a gondola from Tatranská Lomnica
Vrátna dolina 70 - 150 cm very good Sk570 11 out of 13 lifts in service, Chleb out of service from1/2004



SLOVAKIA's best ski season in 50 years just keeps getting better. More new snow and continued cold weather means that skiing should be excellent for the Easter weekend - a popular holiday for Slovaks. The forecast calls for sunny weather from Wednesday to the end of the week with temperatures ranging from 0/-4 at night to +3/+7 by day. Due to the popularity of the Easter weekend, some resorts such as Lomnické sedlo and Martinské hole have increased lift ticket prices for the March 25 to 28 period. Before visiting a resort, check the current lift ticket prices on www.holidayinfo.sk.

During the Easter weekend, Veľká Rača will announce the winner of a raffle for a Mazda 6 and also host a music show. Snowland Valčianska dolina, (15 kms from Martin), will organize a dog sledding race and a food festival.

If you prefer a smaller resort with a "family" atmosphere, try Čertovica (1,120 -1,460 m) in the Low Tatras. The resort, approximately 50 kms east from Banská Bystrica, has 170 cm of snow. Four pomas, 100 - 850 m long, service a variety of slopes, including the Čertova svadba, which offers attractive views of both the High and Low Tatras.

Warning! The avalanche danger is "high" (4 out of 5 hazard levels) in most major mountain areas because of record snow levels combined with a warming trend in the weather: dramatic changes of temperature between mornings and afternoons are a major cause of slab avalanches. Avalanches have claimed a record number of skiers and snowboarders this year in Europe. Enjoy the mountains but please employ the services of a certified Slovak mountain guide when skiing off trail.


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

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