Lo Ski Slovakia

Since separating itself from being the latter half (in name order only) of Czecheslovakia several decades ago now, the Slovak Republic to the east of the Czech Republic and north of Austria has emerged as one of Europe’s leading ski nations.

Ski guide books published in the country reveal that there are more than 300, mostly small, Slovakia Republic ski resorts, although some of these are in fact adjacent hillsides in the same village.

The Tatra and Giant mountains here are a little higher than those of the Czech Republic and half a dozen Slovak ski areas have lifts stretching up towards 2000m. This allows for verticals of over 1,000m to be feasible.

Slovakia’s ski resorts saw little modern development during the communist block era but in recent decades the arrival of private capital to invest, and Slovakia’s entry to the European Community has allowed for the country’s better resorts to invest in modern lifts, snowmaking and off-slope facilities. These are all provided at typically half the price of a ski holiday/lift pass elsewhere in the EC, particularly the Alps, making the Slovak Republic an appealing low cost ski destination for many.

However many of the country’s more famous ski areas have been attracting winter sports fans for at least a century, so they have a heritage that pre-dates all of the differing 20th century political systems.

Tatranská Lomnica, located beneath Lomnicky Stit, the second highest mountain in the Tatra mountains, is one of the Slovak Republic’s best known ski areas with a big vertical served by a couple of gondolas. Founded as a tourist destination with its first hotel back in the 1870s, the slightly more recent Majestic Grand Hotel Praha is one of the best ski hotels in Eastern Europe.

Jasna is another major centre with more than 1000m of vertical and more than 20 lifts, including a gondola added in 2009. This was an early pioneer in the winter sports industry that his grown to become one of the larger resorts in the region.

World Cup races were staged here back in the 1930s and the resort was actually part of a regional bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics, losing out to Torino in Italy. The ski slopes are divided in to two main sectors on the north and south sides of Mt Chopok where there are three ski areas, Zahradky, Otupne and Chopok-North along with a snowpark and several freeride zones.

A third major ski area, Vrátna (Vratna Dolina), has a reputation for some of the best off piste powder terrain for those who wish to board or ski Slovakia, with again more than 1000m of lift served vertical, runs up to 3km (two miles) long and more than a dozen lifts on Chleb mountain, including a modern gondola and a quad chairlift which was installed in the late 1990s after the resort was privatized.

The ski area is also known for its great natural beauty and was made Slovakia's fourth national park in 1988.
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Slovakia: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Slovakia. Fresh snow is forecast at 14resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 3 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–R

S–Z Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (3)

Ski resorts in Slovakia from A to R

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(600m — 750m)

Bezovec webcam
5
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 675 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(735m — 900m)

2
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 818 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 450m

(470m — 650m)

Čachovo - Selce webcam
3
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 560 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 150m

(600m — 900m)

9
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 750 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1238m — 1381m)

snow report today

50
30
Packed 3 days ago
4
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
0m 0m 0m 250m 250m

(1100m — 2024m)

7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1562 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 250m

(650m — 973m)

7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 812 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(430m — 535m)

6
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 482 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(950m — 2024m)

5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1487 m
0m 0m 0m 250m 450m

(915m — 1402m)

snow report today

Donovaly webcam
60
55
Powder
Powder
yesterday
7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1158 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 150m

(555m — 1068m)

2
2
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 812 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(690m — 810m)

Drozdovo webcam
7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 750 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(555m — 1068m)

7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 812 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(460m — 550m)

2
3
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 505 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(503m — 723m)

Hrinova/Kosutka webcam
7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 613 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(900m — 1142m)

3
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1021 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 150m

(585m — 705m)

Jahodná webcam
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 645 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(780m — 1060m)

3
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 920 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 450m

(540m — 769m)

Jasenská Dolina webcam
7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 654 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(949m — 2024m)

snow report today

Jasná - Chopok webcam
55
35

Excellent
Best up high
10 cm
2 days ago
5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1486 m
0m 0m 0m 250m 400m

(245m — 396m)

Kálnica webcam
5
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 320 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(420m — 600m)

Kavečany webcam
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 510 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(450m — 650m)

4
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 550 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 150m

(650m — 1246m)

5
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 948 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(620m — 820m)

snow report today

70
10
Artificial yesterday
2
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 720 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 550m

(840m — 910m)

7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 875 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(889m — 1232m)

7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1060 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(805m — 929m)

6
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 867 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(550m — 800m)

6
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 675 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(670m — 865m)

5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 768 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 250m

(660m — 810m)

2
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 735 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(675m — 790m)

2
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 732 m
0m 0m 0m 150m 500m

(790m — 1396m)

snow report today

90
60
Packed 4 days ago
3
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1093 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(500m — 710m)

3
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 605 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(940m — 1017m)

7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 978 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(850m — 987m)

1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 918 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(880m — 990m)

2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 935 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 500m

(690m — 1070m)

7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 880 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(669m — 920m)

Litmanová webcam
4
1
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 794 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(660m — 948m)

1
5
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 804 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(458m — 648m)

Makovica - Nižná Polianka webcam
5
3
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 553 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(504m — 1372m)

2
1
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 938 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(1150m — 1456m)

snow report 4 days ago

50
65

Excellent

Powder
10 cm
4 days ago
6
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1303 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(730m — 996m)

2
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 863 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(697m — 942m)

7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 820 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(700m — 1035m)

Mraznica - Hnilčík webcam
2
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 868 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 150m

(595m — 900m)

snow report today

60
50
Artificial yesterday
5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 748 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 200m

(600m — 860m)

1
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 730 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(710m — 950m)

3
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 830 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 500m

(760m — 960m)

1
3
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 860 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(470m — 570m)

3
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 520 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(450m — 580m)

5
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 515 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(403m — 595m)

4
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 499 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(470m — 912m)

2
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 691 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(800m — 850m)

3
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 825 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 550m

(700m — 900m)

Podjavorník webcam
7
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 800 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(800m — 987m)

4
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 894 m
0m 0m 0m 150m 150m

(1120m — 1300m)

9
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1210 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(610m — 905m)

3
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 758 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 250m

(649m — 786m)

1
4
cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 718 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(506m — 743m)

2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 624 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(595m — 875m)

7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 735 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(520m — 760m)

5
2
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 640 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(650m — 1005m)

2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 828 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1030m — 1454m)

3
4
cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1242 m
0m 0m 0m 150m 500m

(567m — 1209m)

snow report today

Ružomberok - Malino Brdo webcam
70
40
Artificial yesterday
5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 888 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m