Winter is approaching very quickly, eventhough the temperatures at the moment make you feel like we are still in September. If you like snow and you enjoy all sorts of winter sports, we prepared a few ideas about skiing in Slovenia.
Slovenian Alpine Ski Resorts
There are eight main ski resorts in Slovenia, all easy to reach from Ljubljana. The biggest among them, Mariborsko Pohorje offers 40 km of skiing slopes, the highest one is Kanin on the Italian border with 2.292 m maximum altitude.
Main ski resorts in Slovenia are:
1. Krvavec, with 25 km of ski slopes, 1.971 m max altitude
2. Mariborsko Pohorje, with 40 km of ski slopes and 1.340 m max altitude
3. Kanin with 30 km of ski slopes and 2.292 m max altitude
4. Kranjska gora with 20 km of ski slopes and 1.280 m max altitude
5. Vogel with 22 km of ski slopes and 1.795 m max altitude
6. Rogla with 12 km of ski slopes and 1.517 m of max altitude
7. Cerkno with 12 km of ski slopes and 1.287 m max altitude
8. Golte with 15 km of ski slopes and 1.588 m max altitude
If you are staying in Ljubljana, Krvavec is the closest for you. You can reach it in about 30 min driving towards Kranj. It is also very close to Ljubljana airport, so if you fly into Ljubljana in the morning, by lunch time you can be on the ski slopes. To relax after a day of skiing, you can stop at the Snovik Thermal Spa, about 30 min drive from Krvavec, in the direction of Kamnik. There is a hotel and the apartments to rent.
All other ski resorts offer a wide selection of hotels and apartments by the ski slopes or nearby. If you like Julian Alps and the glacial lakes of Bled and Bohinj, Vogel ski resort is your choice. You will find a big selection of apartments and hotels in Bohinj valley from hostels to 5* hotel.
Kranjska gora ski slopes are not as high, but the hotels are by the slopes. You can even walk from your apartment to the slopes in your ski boots.
Similar accommodation is to be found also in Mariborsko Pohorje and Rogla, the biggest ski resorts in North-East Slovenia.
Kanin is the highest ski slope in Slovenia which has been recently extended to the Italian side. Using one ski pass you can access the Kanin – Sella Nevea ski slopes from Slovenia and Italy and enjoy skiing at over 2000 m above sea level. You can find hotels and apartments to rent in Bovec, also known for water sports in summer (rafting, kayaking, canyoning, hiking, MTB).
Most of the ski resorts in Slovenia open at the beginning of December and they stay open until March or April, depending on weather conditions. You can always check snow and weather conditions online or by telepone.
Ski slopes are the busiest during Christmas and New Year’s holidays, over the weekends and also during school holidays, this season from 17th to 21st February 2014.
Other winter sports: cross country skiing and snowshoeing
The most known cross country skiing destination in Slovenia is Pokljuka plateau that also hosts international biathlon competitions. Ski resorts in Kranjska gora, Rogla and Vogel offer also cross country skiing. Another destination known for cycling and hiking in summer and cross country skiing in winter is Logarska valley.
Snowshoeing is still quite unknown to Slovenians, but very popular with tourists. Slovenia offers large areas of pristine untouched nature, a paradise for hikers, cyclists, skiiers and other nature lovers all year around. Contact us for an offer.