VISITORS to the slopes of Skalka Mountain, nearby Kremnica, experienced an Easter Sunday full of laughter, masquerade masks and good humour. The 50th year of the mountain’s traditional 'Carnival on Snow' called simply Veľkonočné vajce (Easter Egg) attracted a huge crowd, the TASR newswire reported.
The first event dates back to 1962 when an unofficial ski competition took place on Skalka. The winner of that first competition was the late Ľudovít Fusko whose brother Ladislav, nicknamed Aťo, has now participated in more than 40 editions of Veľkonočné vajce.
“In the beginning it was only an unofficial giant slalom and the secretary of the ski club, Michal Žiarny, distributed prizes. One cake represented third place, another cake was for second place and the third cake was for first prize. Later, for two years, there was an official slalom and only the fourth year brought the masked slalom,” Fusko told TASR.
The town of Kremnica has supported the event over the years and it is seen as the community’s farewell to the snow-covered slopes.
Apart from wearing masks down the slope, another entry condition is that one ski must be at least twice as long as the competitor’s foot. No entry fees are charged to competitors or those who just watch. A competitor’s time in finishing the race is not important and the main thing is to cover the prepared track from its beginning to the end, TASR wrote.
Several things were forbidden on the mountain on Easter Sunday: polluting the air with dull comments, begging for signatures, envying the winners, spitting on the host, entering the marked off zone, being too serious, sunbathing 'bottomless', gossiping about the jury and complaining in any way. The “billboard of rules” also warned that the event could be quite risky for those without a sense of humour or prone to feeling insulted.
In addition to the competition itself visitors could enjoy music from the Minciar brass orchestra, sample various snacks, and taste pieces of a huge cake distributed among the crowd.
9. May 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská