Winter sports activities in Slovenia&x27s Julian Alps – Lonely Planet


The attractive central-European nation of Slovenia is residence to among the best-value snowboarding within the Alps. The majestic mountain peaks of the Julian Alps encompass a number of small, picturesque ski resorts, most of that are below an hour’s drive from the closest airport. Lodging and elevate passes are inexpensive and pistes are typically uncrowded. Though a lot of the ski areas are fairly small, it’s doable to mix a number of resorts in a single journey, permitting guests to pattern the distinctive terrain and heat welcome.

Vogel is the one ski space located inside Triglav Nationwide Park, and advantages from an virtually unbelievably picturesque location, surrounded by towering mountains and with views over Lake Bohinj in direction of Mt Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak.

The rolling terrain at Vogel offers simple off-piste detours © Vogel Ski Resort

Regardless of its comparatively diminutive measurement (18.5km of pistes), the world’s different topography makes it really feel a lot greater, and there’s a laid-back ambiance, excellent for carefree coasting down the well-groomed blue and purple runs. When situations are proper and there’s loads of snow, it’s additionally an incredible vacation spot for off-piste snowboarding and ski touring. Most skiers keep down within the fairly Bohinj Valley, taking the high-speed gondola up from Ukanc, however there are eating places, bars, ski-hire amenities, chalets and even a lodge up on the mountain.

The ski slopes at Kranjska Gora are situated conveniently near the village © Iztok Medja / Slovenian Vacationer Board

Household-friendly amenities at Kranjska Gora

Uniquely for Slovenia’s main ski resorts, Kranjska Gora’s ski space is situated straight subsequent to the village, permitting a lot of its inns to supply ski-in, ski-out entry. The piste structure is compact and easy, with a number of parallel lifts offering entry to a spread of side-by-side nursery, blue and purple slopes. It’s an ideal proposition for households and newbies, because it’s just about not possible to lose anybody and super-easy for fogeys to swing by and test on their children in ski college.

Loads of artificial-snow cannons make up for the comparatively low altitude, and night time snowboarding till 10pm makes it simple to pack loads of slope time into even a brief go to. Extra superior skiers can take a look at their mettle on the steeper purple and black runs over the hill in Podkoren, together with a difficult world-cup downhill run that appears virtually vertical in locations.

Dramatic rocky outcrops body the ski runs at Kanin © Aleš Fevžer / Slovenian Vacationer Board

Cross-border snowboarding at Kanin

Slovenia’s highest ski space, proper on the border with Italy, Kanin reopened within the 2016-17 season after refurbishment of the cable-car connecting it to the city of Bovec within the Soča Valley under. In distinction to the Chilly Battle period, when the border with Italy was guarded by troopers with weapons, skiers can now go freely throughout into Italy due to a state-of-the-art cable-car reference to the resort of Sella Nevea.

Kanin’s runs are sunny and south-facing, very best throughout chillier situations, whereas Sella Nevea’s north-facing runs come into their very own as situations heat up. The surroundings on either side is spectacular, with dramatic rocky outcrops and views all the best way to the Adriatic sea on clear days. Because of excessive altitudes of as much as 2300m, situations stay good into the spring, permitting the distinctive chance of mixing winter- and water-sports in the identical vacation as soon as the rafting season has begun in mid-March down within the Soča Valley under.

Ski passes could be purchased as a package deal with lodging in Bled © Franci Ferjan / Slovenian Vacationer Board

Ski go choices

Though most of Slovenia’s ski areas are comparatively small, appropriate for newbies, households and people on quick breaks, an incredible possibility for extra skilled skiers is to mix multiple resort in the identical vacation, utilizing the Julian Alps Worldwide Ski Cross. This presently covers the Slovenian resorts of Kanin, Kranjska Gora, Krvavec (30km of pistes situated near Ljubljana’s airport), Cerkno (a family-friendly space incorporating a thermal spa) and Soriška Planina. The go additionally contains six close by resorts in Italy and three in Austria.

Although not a winter-sports hub itself, picture-postcard Bled, with its fairly lake and chateau, is situated only a 35-minute drive from Vogel, Kranjska Gora and Krvavec. You may generally get an incredible deal by shopping for your ski go as a package deal with lodging in Bled.

Cross-country snowboarding via the Zajavornik mountain pasture at Pokljuka © Mojca Odar, Turizem Bohinj

Cross-country snowboarding and biathlon at Pokljuka

The Pokljuka Plateau is the right place to get again to nature, snowboarding via towering coniferous forests and exquisite alpine meadows, with out the infrastructure and hustle-bustle of a serious ski resort. The closely forested plateau is located on the jap fringe of the Triglav Nationwide Park at an elevation of round 1100 to 1400m.

Slovenia’s prime vacation spot for cross-country snowboarding, it has over 30km of cross-country tracks that snake via the peaceable forests and out into sunny meadows that develop into pastures for cows in summer time. Guests can rent gear and take classes in cross-country snowboarding, and in addition attempt their hand at biathlon (a mixture of snowboarding and capturing), utilizing an air rifle.

Scaling a frozen waterfall © ŠD Lednih plezalcev Mlačca Mojstrana

Be taught to ice-climb within the Mlačca Gorge

Adventurous varieties who dream of strapping on crampons, wielding a pair of ice axes and hacking their manner up a frozen waterfall will discover that it’s simple to show their ice-climbing goals into actuality in Slovenia. The best place to get began is the Mlačca Gorge, not removed from Kranjska Gora, the place native ice-enthusiast Pavel Skumavc creates synthetic waterfalls every winter by trickling water down the frozen cliffs every night time.

Skumavc welcomes full newbies to his frozen wonderland (reserving required:, and offers all of the gear and coaching wanted to scale his icy creations in full security. Quickly climbers are perched precariously on the guidelines of their crampons a number of metres above the bottom, swinging their ice axes with wild abandon as shards of free ice bathe down from above.

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Anna Tyler travelled to the Slovenian Alps with assist from the Slovenian Tourism Board and Wizz Air ( Lonely Planet contributors don’t settle for freebies in alternate for optimistic protection.

Article first printed in March 2017, and final up to date in November 2019.

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