DESPITE the snow that fell recently it’s been a rather sad winter lately. Typical winter scenes, such as ‘tons of snow’ on the trees and roofs, icicles or frozen lakes are totally missing in some centres, with skiers restricted to just a strip of artificial snow, particularly in resorts at less that 1,000 metres above sea level. But after the significant warming at the beginning of February, winter will finally come with temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius in the days to come, which means snow machines will be able to work at full capacity again.
This week the well-known snowboard show SKOČSY culminates on February 14 in Donovaly, where the snowboarders’ displays will be complemented by music concerts given by Slovak groups Tublatanka and Horkýže Slíže as well as various dancing groups.
This week also includes St Valentine’s Day, and there will be special competitions and promotions at every ski centre. In Jasná you can try out brand-new K2 skis for free as a part of the SNOW SHOW, as well as different mixed drinks – or take part in the Miss Snow Show 2008 beauty competition. Discos on the slopes will take place in Valčianska Dolina and in Skipark Ružomberok too. Štrbské Pleso will feature the Grand Prix Slovakia – the 54th FIS international skiing race for men and women.
Winter in the mountains is at its peak and all that remains is for visitors to choose from its generous offers. But be careful when it comes to safety: use a helmet when skiing and stay away from alcohol on the slopes, since drinking and skiing has recently led to several injuries and, sadly, even fatalities.