SKI WINDOW

January and its snow anomaly

THIS winter’s strange anomaly continues. While Bratislava saw 13 centimetres of snow falling on its city streets, the mountains of central and eastern Slovakia managed just 5 centimetres, so most skiing continues only on machine-made snow. Fortunately, temperatures have remained low enough for resort operators to keep using their snow-making equipment and even additional, new slopes are gradually being opened.

THIS winter’s strange anomaly continues. While Bratislava saw 13 centimetres of snow falling on its city streets, the mountains of central and eastern Slovakia managed just 5 centimetres, so most skiing continues only on machine-made snow. Fortunately, temperatures have remained low enough for resort operators to keep using their snow-making equipment and even additional, new slopes are gradually being opened.

At Veľká Rača and Štrbské Pleso, skiers are covering all the slopes and a new run called Furkota has started operation at Štrbské Pleso with a descent of almost 300 metres. The upcoming days will not bring a dramatic change in the weather, with mostly cloudy skies, only snow flurries and temperatures staying around minus 10 at night and below zero during the day.

On January 30, a music festival on the snow of Donovaly will start – the Donovalyfest – where groups such as Desmod, Polemic, and Horkýže Slíže will perform. At Jasná resort, the Tatry Ski Liga Ski Master 2010 competition continues on January 29 in the Záhradky part – an open race offering non-cash prizes. The best European snowboard champions can be seen at the European Cup in Vrátna on January 29.

If you prefer going to the mountains without your skis, check out the ice skating rink in Donovaly, the bobsleigh track in Veľká Rača, and snow-tubing or snow-rafting offered at Štrbské Pleso, Malinô Brdo, Vrátna, and Hrebienok, as well as elsewhere.

The school holidays are beginning in Poland and all resorts are probably wistfully awaiting a bigger number of visitors; time will tell whether it turns out to be. See you on a slope soon!


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