WINTER has yet to show its real power. Many skiers and ski resorts are sick and tired of this winter weather, which often does not even look like winter at all. Temperatures vary at around zero, and the snow layer stays at the same level, or gets even slimmer.
Weather forecasts do not forecast any hope for dramatic changes over the next few days. Meteorologists forecast some sunny, but also relatively warm weather. Mountain temperatures at 1,000 metres should hover around zero and snow in ski resorts at lower altitudes will continue to melt. Skiers can only find a continual snow layer on tracks with snow machines, and these tracks are often surrounded by patches of grass.
The situation on ski resorts at altitudes over 1,300 metres, such as Jasná and Vysoké Tatry, is very different. They cannot complain about a snow shortage as Chopok-Juh and Štrbské Pleso report excellent skiing conditions with 100-160 cm of snow.
On the northern slope of Chopok at Otupné, the slope-style show of the best snowboarders, Skočsi, will take place on February 15 and 16.
Snowland in Valčianska Dolina will host a Snow Show on February 16 with various competitions and ski challenges, while serving a variety of drinks for skiers and other visitors.
Štrbké Pleso - On February 16 and 17, Solisko will welcome the Grand Prix of Slovakia in the Men's and Women's Giant Slalom.
Optimistic news remains. Meteorologists forecast that a warm January and February should be followed by a cold March. So, we will have to wait until then.
For more information, go to www.holidayinfo.sk
|Ski resort price of daily ski pass snow depth|
|PARK SNOW Donovaly||Sk750||40cm***|
|Zverovka - Spálená||Sk650||60cm***|
|Jasná - Sever||Sk790||55cm***|
|Chopok - Juh||Sk730||160cm**|
|SNOW PARADISE Veľká Rača||Sk750||40cm***|
|Conditions: *limited **good ***very good|
11. Feb 2008 at 0:00 | By Roman Millan