Skiing in Slovenia
Skiing is by far the most popular recreational pursuit in Slovenia, counting about 300,000 enthusiasts (or 15% of the population). Just about everyone takes to the slopes or trails in season (mainly December to March), and you can too at four dozen ski grounds and resorts across the country. They?re most crowded over the Christmas holidays and in early February.
Slovenia?s ski areas are small and unchallenging compared to the Alpine resorts of France, Switzerland and Italy, but the scenery is lovely and they do have the attraction of lower prices.
The biggest downhill skiing area in Slovenia is Mariborsko Pohorje (altitude 336m to 1347m), in the hills immediately south of Maribor in ?tajerska, with 64km of linked pistes suitable for skiers of all levels. It offers a ski and snowboard school, equipment rental and floodlit night skiing, as well as being a good starting point for ski touring in the forested hills of the Pohorje. Each year it hosts the Zlata Lisica (Golden Fox) competition, the opening event in the calendar.
For spectacular scenery, you can?t beat Kanin (1600m to 2300m), Slovenia?s highest ski resort, perched above Bovec in Primorska, and Vogel (570m to 1800m), above beautiful Lake Bohinj in Gorenjska. Both resorts enjoy stunning views north to Triglav and the Julian Alps, and from the top station at Kanin you can even see the Adriatic. Both have ski and snowboard schools and equipment rental. Vogel is more suited to experienced skiers and has great opportunities for off-piste and ski-touring.
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