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 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts in Slovakia from A to R

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
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last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
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snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(600m — 750m)

Bezovec webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 675 m
2400m 2600m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(735m — 900m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 818 m
2200m 2400m 3100m 3400m 3200m

(470m — 650m)

Čachovo - Selce webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 560 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(600m — 900m)

heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 750 m
2250m 2450m 3100m 3350m 3100m

(1238m — 1381m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1310 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(1100m — 2024m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1562 m
2300m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(650m — 973m)

heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 812 m
2350m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3100m

(430m — 535m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 482 m
2500m 2600m 3250m 3300m 3100m

(950m — 2024m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1487 m
2300m 2450m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(915m — 1402m)

Donovaly webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1158 m
2300m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(555m — 1068m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 812 m
2350m 2400m 3150m 3350m 3250m

(690m — 810m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 750 m
2450m 2600m 3250m 3300m 3150m

(555m — 1068m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 812 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3100m

(460m — 550m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 505 m
2350m 2400m 3150m 3350m 3250m

(503m — 723m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 613 m
2450m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(900m — 1142m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1021 m
2200m 2400m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(585m — 705m)

Jahodná webcam
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 645 m
2500m 2450m 3200m 3350m 3250m

(780m — 1060m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 920 m
2250m 2450m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(540m — 769m)

Jasenská Dolina webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 654 m
2300m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(949m — 2024m)

snow report yesterday

Jasná - Chopok webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1486 m
2300m 2450m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(245m — 396m)

Kálnica webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 320 m
2350m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(420m — 600m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 510 m
2500m 2450m 3200m 3350m 3250m

(450m — 650m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 550 m
2250m 2450m 3200m 3350m 3150m

(650m — 1246m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 948 m
2500m 2500m 3200m 3350m 3250m

(620m — 820m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 720 m
2300m 2450m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(840m — 910m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 875 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(889m — 1232m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1060 m
2400m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(805m — 929m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 867 m
2400m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(550m — 800m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 675 m
2450m 2600m 3200m 3300m 3100m

(670m — 865m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 768 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(660m — 810m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 735 m
2200m 2400m 3100m 3350m 3200m

(675m — 790m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 732 m
2300m 2450m 3150m 3350m 3250m

(790m — 1396m)

Kubinska Hola webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1093 m
2200m 2400m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(500m — 710m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 605 m
2250m 2400m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(940m — 1017m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 978 m
2450m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(850m — 987m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 918 m
2350m 2450m 3200m 3350m 3250m

(880m — 990m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 935 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3200m

(690m — 1070m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 880 m
2300m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(669m — 920m)

Litmanová webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 794 m
2250m 2350m 3100m 3350m 3300m

(660m — 948m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 804 m
2200m 2450m 3100m 3300m 3150m

(458m — 648m)

Makovica - Nižná Polianka webcam
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 553 m
2300m 2350m 3150m 3350m 3300m

(504m — 1372m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 938 m
2300m 2450m 3150m 3350m 3300m

(1150m — 1456m)

Martinky webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1303 m
2300m 2450m 3150m 3300m 3150m

(730m — 996m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 863 m
2450m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3250m

(697m — 942m)

heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 820 m
2300m 2500m 3150m 3300m 3100m

(700m — 1035m)

Mraznica - Hnilčík webcam
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 868 m
2450m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3250m

(595m — 900m)

Mýto pod Ďumbierom webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 748 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(600m — 860m)

light rain
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 730 m
2200m 2400m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(710m — 950m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 830 m
2250m 2450m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(760m — 960m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 860 m
2200m 2400m 3100m 3350m 3200m

(470m — 570m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 520 m
2150m 2400m 3100m 3350m 3150m

(450m — 580m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 515 m
2400m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(403m — 595m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 499 m
2450m 2650m 3250m 3350m 3150m

(470m — 912m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 691 m
2450m 2450m 3200m 3350m 3250m

(800m — 850m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 825 m
2300m 2450m 3150m 3350m 3250m

(700m — 900m)

Podjavorník webcam
heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 800 m
2300m 2500m 3150m 3300m 3100m

(800m — 987m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 894 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(1120m — 1300m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1210 m
2450m 2550m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(610m — 905m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 758 m
2350m 2500m 3200m 3300m 3150m

(649m — 786m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 718 m
2450m 2500m 3200m 3350m 3250m

(506m — 743m)

moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 624 m
2200m 2400m 3150m 3350m 3200m

(595m — 875m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 735 m
2300m 2500m 3150m 3300m 3150m

(520m — 760m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 640 m
2250m 2350m 3150m 3350m 3300m

(650m — 1005m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 828 m
2400m 2400m 3200m 3350m 3250m

(1030m — 1454m)

Roháče - Zverovka/Spálená dolina webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1242 m
2250m 2450m 3150m 3400m 3200m

(567m — 1209m)

Ružomberok - Malino Brdo webcam
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 888 m
2250m 2450m 3200m 3350m 3150m