We are now having in January what is often called “The Wintertime of Three Kings”. It has brought an appreciable temperature drop as well as fresh snow. The snow conditions in Slovakia’s mountains are still far from ideal and in most resorts skiing is possible only because of machine-made snow. But the positive thing is that the hills beyond the ski slopes are finally covered in white and the experience can now, at last, be called “winter skiing”. The highest altitude ski slopes in the High and Low Tatras still need at least another metre of natural snow so skiers everywhere can ski beyond the forest level, which is only possible now at Solisko and Štrbské Pleso. New cableways in Banská Štiavnica, Krahule, Bachledova Dolina and Jasná have now been opened.
Winter weather with freezing temperatures at altitudes of 1,500 metres or higher will prevail this entire week, ranging from about -6 to -10 degrees and if there is some additional snowfall, skiing conditions will improve considerably. With the Christmas holidays over, an ideal winter holiday can be expected with lodging facilities often offering big price reductions, slopes being less crowded, and lifts without long queues permitting more skiing for the cost of your lift ticket.
11. Jan 2010 at 0:00 | By Roman Millan, www.lanovky.sk