SKI WINDOW: the SPECTATOR's regular ski update


AFTER a brief period of rain and snow at the beginning of the week, the weather in the mountains should stay clear until Friday, when rain will return, along with warmer temperatures. Temperatures in the mountains will range from -6 at night to 4 from Tuesday to Thursday under partly cloudy skies.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as of March 23

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 90 cm very good Sk490 All lifts in service.
Chopok - South 180 - 310 cm very good Sk390 All lifts in service
Donovaly 80 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Veľká Rača 90 / 100 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Štrbské Pleso 220 cm very good Sk640 All lifts in service
Plejsy 90 cm very good Sk490 All lifts in service
Skipark Ružomberok 100 cm very good Sk350 All lifts in service
Martinské hole 145 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 Sk350 Price includes a gondola from Tatranská Lomnica
Vrátna dolina 30 - 120 cm very good Sk570 11 out of 13 lifts in service, Chleb out of service from1/2004


AFTER a brief period of rain and snow at the beginning of the week, the weather in the mountains should stay clear until Friday, when rain will return, along with warmer temperatures. Temperatures in the mountains will range from -6 at night to 4 from Tuesday to Thursday under partly cloudy skies. Although some snow is finally beginning to melt, the ample snowpack at most resorts should insure excellent conditions through the first two weeks of April. The avalanche risk had dropped down to level 2 in most high mountain areas, but given the overall warming trend in the weather, one should check updates posted by the Slovak Mountain Rescue Service, http://www.hzs.sk/info/-lavinyprehlad.php.

Spring is a time for reduced priced lift tickets and accommodation at most major Slovak Ski centers. Jasná, for example, reports excellent snow conditions with over 90 to 105 cms of snow. After March 29, the day ticket price at Jasná drops to Sk390. Lomnické Sedlo will reduce its rates from Sk750 to Sk350, and Skipark Ružomberok, from Sk650 to Sk350. So get out and enjoy some excellent skiing on the cheap. For smaller resorts, however, call before you travel because some village slopes will only be opened on weekends during the spring season.


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

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