Slovenia is a rather well-kept secret among skiers, and the country has a handful of resorts which are inexpensive, but offer beautiful, unspoilt slopes. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of advanced skiing, there are excellent runs for beginners and those moving up to intermediate runs, making it ideal for those early ski trips. A big draw is that skiing in Slovenia is cheap. One lift pass covers all the ski areas in the country, so you could even fit a trip to more than one resort into your holiday.
Kranjska Gora is the country’s best known ski resort, and beginners will love the gentle, uncrowded slopes. There’s an excellent ski school, and a small selection of traditional hotels with 4-star ratings. Food and drink prices are low, and the town’s position close to the border of Italy and Austria means that local cuisine is influenced by the neighbouring countries. The après-ski scene isn’t huge, with many people choosing to stick close to the hotel in the evening, but it’s very friendly and welcoming, and you’ll find the occasional party being organised.
Although Kranjska Gora caters mostly to beginners, there are a few more challenging slopes, including a black run. The snow park is also popular with snowboarders, as it has terrain suitable for learning tricks.
Bled in Slovenia is an extremely picturesque town that’s historic and charming. At the centre of the town is a lake, which has a large island with a pretty church at the centre. During the winter months, if conditions are right, you can walk across to the church on the frozen lake. This quaint town makes the perfect backdrop for a family or beginners ski holiday, with gentle, tree-lined slopes. Bled is also the perfect destination for groups with skiers and non-skiers. Skiing is just a small part of the winter sports scene, with snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowy walks to enjoy.
The après-ski scene in Bled isn’t all that lively, but there is plenty of variety. The town has lots of restaurants serving international cuisine, and there’s a casino next to the lake. Many of the hotels also have their own bars and restaurants on-site so you can mingle with others. In town, you’ll find a few pubs that open into the small hours at weekends, with cheap drinks flowing and DJs entertaining the crowds.
Ski accommodation in Slovenia is limited to hotels, but there is a choice of traditional or modern places to stay. Most hotels have 4-star accommodation, and offer excellent facilities, plus they are close to the slopes so you can get in plenty of skiing time.
Slovenian ski resorts don’t tend to have chalets. Accommodation is in comfortable hotels.
Slovenia has a small selection of ski hotels, most of them offering 4-star accommodation, with facilities such as indoor swimming pools, lounges with fireplaces, and fitness rooms.
The snow record in Slovenia is as good as in its neighbouring countries Italy to the West and Austria to the North. Indeed you can see both places from the tops of the slopes. The season is shorter than the Alps running from late December to the beginning of March.
The main airports for Kransjska Gora are Salzburg(SZG) in Austria, transfer time 3 hours 15 minutes. And Ljubljana transfer time 1 hour 15 minutes. With flights from the UK from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, East Midlands, Manchester, and Newcastle the options are many.