Slovenia is a location between Austria and Croatia that has a vibrant Capital City of Ljubljana, Stunning Lake Bled, mountain resorts for Skiing and walking and even a stretch of coast.
We highly recommend exploring Slovenia as a smallish country, it certainly packs a punch, with a similar landscape to Austria and in some parts considerably cheaper.
Where can you go on a skiing holiday in Slovenia?
The alpine and low mountain ranges extend over the north of Slovenia, so most of the ski areas are located between the Triglav National Park in the northwest and the Pohorje in the northeast. The best known are the mountain ranges of the Julian Alps, Karawanken and Steiner Alps in the northwest on the border with Austria and Italy. Here the alpine ridges reach almost 3,000 m above sea level. The highest peak in Slovenia, the Triglav (2,864 m, German three-headed) is located in the Julian Alps. The striking mountain forms the center of the Triglav National Park and is depicted as a national symbol on the Slovenian flag. The national park is characterized by high rocky mountains, deep karst caves, extensive river valleys and a large variety of animals and plants. In this wonderful landscape, north of the Triglav, Kranjska Gora is one of the most famous ski areas in Slovenia. The area has 20 kilometers of slopes and 17 lifts, which is famous as a ski world cup location and has been voted the best ski area in Slovenia several times.
In the northeast, on the border with Austria and Hungary, lies the Pohorje Mountains (German: Bacher Mountains) at an altitude of 1,500 m. As a low mountain range, it is not that high and offers flat high plateaus, moderate inclines and great vantage points, a holiday paradise for winter enthusiasts and families who want to take a leisurely ski holiday. At the foot of the Bachergebirge, at the gates of the cultural metropolis of Maribor, lies the largest ski area in the country with around 42 kilometers of slopes: Mariborsko Pohorje.
Why ski holidays in Slovenia?
Due to the variety of landscapes, each holiday region has its own charm. But wherever you turn, romantic panoramas of mountain and lake landscapes open up, where a wide variety of leisure activities await winter vacationers. Slovenia is 60 percent covered with forest. The ski areas are also often embedded in wooded mountain ridges that form a snow-covered winter dream backdrop. This gives hiking, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and skiing a deeply romantic note. The Drava region of Podravska in Lower Styria offers a particularly successful mix of relaxation and winter sports. In and around the metropolis of Maribor in particular, there are cultural and historical sights, regional culinary delights, thermal baths and numerous leisure activities in the mountains and in the city.
How long is the ski season in Slovenia?
Since there are no glacier ski areas in Slovenia, the season is limited to the three main winter months plus a few weeks before and after. As in most alpine ski areas, the ski season starts with the official winter start in December and usually lasts until April. The important ski areas Kranjska Gora and Vogel in the west, as well as Rogla and Maribor in the east open in the first week of December and close in the first week of April.
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