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Skiing in Slovenia

Slovenia lies at the intersection of the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Dinaric Alps. Each of these areas is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The Alpine region is located in the northern and north-western part of Slovenia. While being perfect for hiking and mountain climbing in the summer season, its snow-covered mountains provide an idyllic setting for a winter fairy-tale.

Many Slovenians choose to spend their winters in ski resorts. The most passionate skiers take advantage of every opportunity to have some fun in the snow. When the weather forecast is good, Slovenians often go skiing. Consequently, mountains are full of life during the weekends and school holidays. Slovenia has many ski resorts, but it should not be too difficult to pick the right one. You only need to know what you are looking for and what you can expect from the ski resort that you choose.

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Ski runs with the longest trails

The largest ski centre in Slovenia is the Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort. It is known around the world for hosting one of the women's Alpine Ski World Cup events.

The Golden Fox is a traditional international skiing competition that has been taking place at Mariborsko Pohorje since 1964.

In total, the trails at Mariborsko Pohorje are 42 kilometres long. For night skiing enthusiasts, the ski resort has one of the longest floodlit ski slopes in Europe.

Pohorje is appropriate for all skiers, regardless of their skiing experience. And it is not just for alpine skiers, but also for cross-country skiers, as they can enjoy Pohorje's 27-kilometre-long cross-country trail.

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At 2,293 m, Kanin is the highest ski resort in Slovenia. At that height, it comes as no surprise that it affords an incredible view of the Alps, all the way to the Adriatic Sea. Kanin is connected to the Italian ski resort Sella Nevea. It has 30 kilometres of trails.

Krvavec is the second highest ski resort in Slovenia. It has been awarded the title of best ski resort in Slovenia several times.

It offers 30 kilometres of ski trails and is one of the more challenging ski slopes. Another reason why many people go to Krvavec is because it is the closest ski resort to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Ski lovers can thus treat themselves to an afternoon ski during the week. There are plenty of things to do at Krvavec, as the resort boasts a skiing and snowboarding snow park, a course for beginners, a competition course, a conveyor belt for children, night sledding and more.

Ski Centre Vogel lies in the Triglav National Park above Lake Bohinj. It has an incredible view of both Mount Triglav and the valley below.

It has 22 kilometres of trails and offer a range of activities for adrenalin junkies. You can embark on a winter adventure by going paragliding, winter rafting, airboarding or ski touring.

The atmosphere in Kranjska Gora is always very lively. It is also a fun place for non-skiers who can enjoy its small ice skating ring. Kranjska Gora is a very accessible resort. Thanks to its position, the wind causes hardly any problems. The ski slope is appropriate for both children and adults. You can also choose to go sledding, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

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Small, but pleasant

When it comes to the number of ski resorts, Slovenia cannot compare to other Alpine countries. But its ski slopes are intimate, pleasant and cosy. At times it feels as if every village has its own little hill or slope. Children gather on the hilltop at the first fall of snow. Their laughter and shouts of delight can be heard until nightfall. The joy than children feel at the sight of first snow is indescribable. Sledding, snowball fights, building igloos and snowmen are absolutely magical. When winters are especially cold and ponds and lakes freeze over, the merriment moves onto the ice.

Author: Tea Knaflič

Date: 1. December 2019

Time to read: 3 min