WINTER continues into its second half, with a bit of hesitance when it comes to the weather. Instead of deep freezing and real blizzards we are getting just moderate winter weather. In the first week of February, however, a change can finally be expected, with meteorologists calling this month the peak of winter weather.
In the mountain areas, the first half of the week might bring snowfall, laying down a new 20 cm thick snow blanket. But some places may only get snow mixed with rain. The second half of the week promises clear skies and deeper freezing. The temperature in the mountains, at altitudes of 1,000 metres above sea level, will fall to 0 degrees and towards the end of the week it will fall further, to at least -7 degrees.
What about other attractions beside the snowy slopes? On February 6–8 Ski Centrum Donovaly will change into Alaska. Fans from all around Europe will gather here for the Central Europe Championship in Dog Sled Racing. During those days, normal traffic will be restricted in the centre.
In Liptovské Revúce, slope stylists will show their art at the SKOČSY event. Another interesting event takes place in Vrátna on February 6, in the Paseky area, where a combination of snowboard jumps with a motocross race will take place. The weekend of February 7–8 in Vrátna will belong to the Snowboard Europe Cup and Snowshow.
The ski centres are not so crowded during this time of the year. Waiting times for ski lifts are not not exceeding 5 minutes at any of the centres. Thanks to a lower number of visitors, some centres, especially the small ones, are offering discounts of up to 20 percent on skipasses or various other bonus packages.
2. Feb 2009 at 0:00 | By Roman Millan