Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as of March 16
|The SPECTATOR's regular ski update|
|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
21. Mar 2005 at 0:00
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