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September - Early snow pleases skiers and stuns drivers

ST. MARTIN always arrives on a white horse’s back, an old proverb says. That was the case this year in Slovakia: on November 11, St. Martin’s feast day, freezing temperatures and falling snow launched an early ski season in the High Tatras, and shocked drivers in the western part of the country.

ST. MARTIN always arrives on a white horse’s back, an old proverb says. That was the case this year in Slovakia: on November 11, St. Martin’s feast day, freezing temperatures and falling snow launched an early ski season in the High Tatras, and shocked drivers in the western part of the country.

Hundreds of people went to the High Tatras on November 10, drawn by the earliest start to the ski season in the country’s history. The season started with 50 centimetres of snow, which came from the sky as well as snow machines, the Pravda daily wrote.

Twenty minutes before the ski lift was supposed to start running at the Interski slope, about 20 people were already waiting in line. The season started at 8:30.

The snow was less welcome on the roads in the western part of the country. In the Nitra Region, the snow caused problems with public transit buses in particular. Cars also had problems negotiating the hilly terrain.

On the notorious road between Nitra and Zlaté Moravce, cars had to wait in an hour-long traffic jam. The Trnava Region also reported more than the average number of accidents.

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