The slopes

  • Extent 2 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 1 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

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Key facts

Resort945-1120m m
Slopes945m-2025m m
Lifts28
Pistes49 km

Jasná

Slovakia

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The upside

  • Very cheap by Alpine standards
  • Well kept pistes and good lift system
  • Excellent off-piste in good snow conditions
  • Unusual and interesting off-slope activities

The downside

  • Resort spread out along the approach road and lacks charm
  • Very little après-ski
  • Food not a highlight
  • Relatively small extent of pistes

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Summary

Jasná (pronounced Yaznah) is Slovakia’s biggest and best resort. The pistes on its relatively small ski area suit confident intermediates best. But in good snow conditions, experts will love its off-piste zones – marked on the piste map and covered in detail a special booklet in English. The resort lacks charm or a major focal point but has a few decent hotels and some British-run chalet holidays.

Prices here are low by major Alpine resort standards: you can get good rooms in 4-star hotels with extensive wellness facilities from around €50 B&B per person for two people sharing. A pint of beer costs €3 or less, many main course meals €8 to €10, a 6-day lift pass bought in advance less than €200.

Off-slope activities include the huge Tatralandia water park (with lots of different pools and a huge spa/sauna/steam room complex), the Hurricane Factory (where you can learn to skydive) and an interesting cave complex where opening ceremonies for World Cup races have been held. And there are evenings when you can ride in a snow cat for dinner up the mountain.

The resort is just 45 minutes by car from Poprad-Tatry airport and Wizz Air has several flights a week there from Luton airport, which makes Jasná an attractive destination for a weekend or short break.

For much more detail, see the feature that Editor Watts wrote for the Telegraph:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/resort-guides/ski-jasna-resort-guide/

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The slopes

  • Extent 2 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 1 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Gallery

Key facts

Resort945-1120m m
Slopes945m-2025m m
Lifts28
Pistes49 km