Snow conditions and ticket prices valid as of March 30
|The SPECTATOR's regular ski update|
|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|
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
28. Mar 2005 at 0:00
Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.
President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.
For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.
Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.
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