HALF of the coldest month of the year is over, and it seems that there is more snow in Prague, for instance, than at Štrbské Pleso. And nothing much is expected to change. The cold air will stay in Slovakia but no major snowfalls are expected. So, it seems, the skiing will continue, but just on machine-made snow. During the week, cloudy weather with mild snowfall is expected; while at the weekend the weather should brighten up.
The lack of natural snow is a pity for this time of year. Temperatures will continue to linger below zero, even during the day. In the early mornings they could even fall as low as minus 10 degrees. An interesting addition to the list of activities available in the mountains should be the Snow Bike Downhill in the vicinity of Chopok-Juh (Chopok-South). This involves freestyle bike-riding, jumps, and downhill riding on snow, activities which are relatively new to Slovakia.
In Vrátna dolina, the Cena Malej Fatry race will take place on January 19 and 20: this includes skiing, super G, and slalom events. Also this week holidays begin in Poland, so the empty slopes of recent days are not likely to last. However, due to the lack of snow, the most attractive ski slopes, on the top sections of Chopok and in Lomnické sedlo, will probably not be used.
18. Jan 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff , By Roman Millan, www.lanovky.sk