YES, it has happened! I have just received a call from Donovaly that winter has finally come, that there was the right winter atmosphere. It has snowed, trees have taken on winter clothes; skiers are satisfied, happy, smiling. At last, winter has come! The snowflakes keep falling, and not only from the sky. Snow-makers keep spurting snow in almost all ski resorts. At Chopok, the snow blanket exceeds 100 centimetres and many resorts open their runs as early as December 15, or shortly before Christmas, on December 22.
Winter weather should continue until Christmas, with snowfall mainly in the mountains. As the season has only begun, resorts are mainly concentrating on starting the cableways and ski lifts, and skiers will probably have to wait until January for adrenalin events. If they wish to have fun anyway, on December 22, the season will open in Vrátna with various competitions, exhibitions, music, and energy drink tastings. The slope at Paseky will also be operating, and of course the one at Chleb. In the High Tatras, the opening of the ski run from Solisko to Štrbské Pleso is expected to be shortly before Christmas, as the minimum amount of snow necessary for skiing there is 100 centimetres.
The event of the year will be the official start of the rebuilt funicular from Starý Smokovec to Hrebienok on the weekend before Christmas. Apart from having more speed, capacity and comfort, the new cars will be accessible to physically disabled people in wheelchairs. From December 22 to 23, the Tatranské Lanové Dráhy (Tatra Cableways) will offer a discount price for all its cableways (Lomnický Peak, Skalnaté Pleso, Hrebienok): a return ticket for Sk100.
If you cannot imagine a New Year’s celebration without skiing, you can plan a trip to Veľká Rača,. Apart from night skiing, you can enjoy a disco in the snow and splendid fireworks. Until Christmas, the popular Mýto pod Ďumbierom ski resort and the new spot on the Slovak ski map, Oravský Podzámok, plan to launch new cableways. So far, everything is suggesting that for skiers, this winter will be better than the last one. So let’s take our skis and boards and run for the mountains!
For more information,
go to www.holidayinfo.sk
| Ski resort - price of daily ski pass - - snow depth
|Štrbské Pleso||Sk440/790||70 cm***|
|Veľká Rača||Sk750/850||30 cm***|
|Vrátna - Chleb||Sk430/790||50 cm***|
|Kubínska Hoľa||Sk350/800||60 cm***|
| Conditions: *limited **good ***very good
17. Dec 2007 at 0:00 | By Roman Millan