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SKI WINDOW: the SPECTATOR's regular ski update

RECENT warm weather and rain in Europe have melted some of the snow in Slovakia's mountains, but decent spring skiing can still be found, especially at higher elevation resorts such as Lomnické sedlo and Jasná. Before travelling, call the resort to confirm hours of operation, prices and conditions or check the resort's web site.

Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as of March 30

The SPECTATOR's regular ski update
ski resort snow conditions skipass notes
Jasná 80 -95 cm very good Sk490 All lifts, apart from the Otupné - Luková chair lift, in service.
Chopok - South 120 - 280 cm very good Sk390 All lifts in service
Donovaly 50 cm very good Sk450 All lifts in service
Veľká Rača 70 cm very good Sk650 All lifts in service
Štrbské Pleso 160 cm very good Sk450 All lifts in service
Plejsy 50 cm very good Sk350 4 of 7 in service
Skipark Ružomberok 70 cm very good Sk350 8 of 10 in service
Martinské hole 100 cm very good Sk550 All lifts in service - the surcharge for chair lift to resort is Sk150
Zverovka 120 cm very good Sk580 All lifts in service
Lomnnické sedlo 300 cm very good Sk350 Price includes a gondola from Tatranská Lomnica
Vrátna dolina 30 - 80 cm very good Sk570 Čižinka - limited, Príslo - good



RECENT warm weather and rain in Europe have melted some of the snow in Slovakia's mountains, but decent spring skiing can still be found, especially at higher elevation resorts such as Lomnické sedlo and Jasná. Before travelling, call the resort to confirm hours of operation, prices and conditions or check the resort's web site. A full list of resort phone numbers and websites can be found on www.holidayinfo.sk.

The week will begin with rain below 2,000 metres and snow at higher elevations. Temperatures will range from 0 at night to +10 in the afternoon - a bit warm for snowmaking. The remainder of the week and the weekend will be partly cloudy with a chance of showers. The avalanche hazard is small (malé): 1 out of a scale of 5.

For more up to date avalanche information, see www.hzs.sk/info/lavinyprehlad.php.

Spring skiing in Slovakia is a bargain. Room rates at the two-star Hotel Liptov at Jasná are Sk420/person (€10.5), including breakfast, when three nights are booked. Visitors to the hotel also receive 30 percent discount on ski passes, and if ski conditions prove less than excellent, one can always visit the nearby Aquapark Tatralandia. Zverovka in Western Tatras offers an Sk890 (€22.80) package that includes hotel accommodations, half board, and a ski pass in one (www.tatrawestsro.sk).


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

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