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Many ski slopes are open in Slovakia even without much natural snow

Despite a shortfall in natural snow and some temperatures above zero, mountain areas in the Tatras are full of skiers, the TASR newswire reported on January 4. "We have four ski lifts up and running, the slopes are covered with artificial snow, while temperatures revolve around 2 degrees Celsius during the day," said Ondrej Zoričák of a ski resort in Lopušná Dolina near Poprad.

Despite a shortfall in natural snow and some temperatures above zero, mountain areas in the Tatras are full of skiers, the TASR newswire reported on January 4.

"We have four ski lifts up and running, the slopes are covered with artificial snow, while temperatures revolve around 2 degrees Celsius during the day," said Ondrej Zoričák of a ski resort in Lopušná Dolina near Poprad.

Only one out of five ski slopes at the ski-centre in Vyšné Ružbachy in the Spiš area was open on January 3. "The weather hasn't done us any favours so far, we've only managed to put artificial snow on one slope, the main one. We hope that natural snow will fall soon so we'll be able to open the other slopes as well," said the resort's head, Ladislav Solár.

All four slopes are available for skiing at a resort in the nearby Levoča Valley. "We have an average of 30 centimetres of artificial snow on the slopes. The season has been average for us. People are somewhat put off by the winter and can't believe that there's snow here and that skiing is possible," said Jozef Jabrocký of that ski centre.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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