Slovenia, in Central Europe, is immerging as an inexpensive ski holiday destination from December through April. It has excellent skiing and comfortable resorts with modern amenities in the heart of the Alps. The mountains and dense forests are home to bears, lynx, Alpine ibex, chamois, deer and much more. The Slovenia slopes are considered especially good for beginners. There are three major ski resorts in Slovenia including Kranjska Gora, Bohinj and Lake Bled.
On the Austrian and Italian borders is the alpine Zgornjesavska Valley which is the home of the Kranjska Gora ski resort. In the Julian Alps, it was the host of the Alpine Skiing World Championships and has some excellent competitive runs, but most of the runs are wide and gentle suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers. There are 30 kilometres of pistes which offer challenges for every level of skier. There are also 40km of cross country trails and excellent runs for snowboarding.
Advanced skiers will enjoy the black pistes on the Podkoren Mountain where they can try the World Cup slalom run. There is a lot of variety for intermediate skiers especially on the Vitranc with the descent through tree lined pistes. Non-skiers are not left out. There is ice skating, snowshoeing, tobogganing, dog-sledding and an indoor complex with a pool, tennis court and casino. There are several good restaurants and it is close enough to Italy and Austria for a night out there.
They have snow cannons on the lower slopes and the FIS World Cup Races are regularly held there. Kranjska Gora welcomes families and offers excellent childcare service. Skiers can also enjoy an ice igloo bar on top of the mountain.
The resort of Bohinj is a group of villages clustered around a pristine glacial lake with the Julian Alps in the background. This resort area has a reputation for stunning views and tranquil charm. There are two separate ski areas, one at either end of the resort. The Vogle and Kobla runs are on Mount Vitranc. The Vogle runs are at the highest altitude of 1,800m, but both Vogle and the Kobla runs are good for intermediate skiers.
The Vogle runs overlook Lake Bohinj with spectacular views. The skiing is ideal for beginners and intermediate level skiers. There is also a ski school nearby. The inns and restaurants of the villages offer charming après ski with local food and drinks.
There is several money saving offers for children accompanied by two adults as well as offers for two for one lift passes. There are also two for one discounts for pre-booked ski equipment or lessons.
Only 35km from Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia, Lake Bled offers access to Vogel and Kobla as well as two other local skiing areas. One is Straza with two small slopes that are floodlit, and the other is Zatrnic with 16km of pistes from 1,200m.
The resorts at Lake Bled are in a winter wonderland location on the shores of the beautiful lake. A picturesque church is on an island in the lake. There are slopes for every ski level including an 8.5km run for advanced skiers. Beginners get great discounts at the Bohinj Ski School for first time skiers. There is also off piste skiing with a guide.
For the skiers day off and the non-skiers there is dog-sledding, winter walks, trips to the capitol city and horse and buggy rides around the lake. Excursions can be arranged to visit Venice and the Postojna Caves which are a 20,570m long Karst cave system in Slovenia and a top tourist attraction.
Slovenia Ski Holidays
The ski resorts in Slovenia offer a large variety of beautiful terrain with some excellent skiing for advanced level skiers. However, the resorts cater to beginners and intermediates with excellent ski schools, one of which is run by a world champion skier.
The accommodations and food are reasonably priced to make a ski holiday in Slovenia attractive to weekend travellers as well as families. They offer discounts and several two for one packages, especially for children accompanied by two adults. Skiing Slovenia is a good choice for an affordable winter holiday without the crowds usually found at other European ski resorts.