Slovenian resorts score record season

3rd May 2006, by Chris Gill

Slovenian ski resorts have received record visitor numbers this winter.

The Slovenian Association of Ski Lift Operators has released preliminary figures showing a nine percent rise in visitor numbers for the 2005/06 season.According to the results: 1,835,000 skiers and snowboarders had taken to the slopes of the country’s resorts by the beginning of April - the highest figure ever.

The Association collected data from 44 ski resorts. Pohorje (Maribor) in the northeast had recorded the most days open by the start of April with 130 days.  Poor snow conditions around Christmas were soon replenished with abundant falls for the remaining months, boosting numbers and extending the ski season.

Interest in Slovenia has grown since the introduction of low-cost flights. Maribor is the country’s second largest city and its local ski area, Pohorje (Maribor), is easily reached from Graz, Austria. A multi-day lift pass at Pohorje, also covers the smaller Kope and Ribnisko areas, as well as at the better-known Kranjska Gora resort.

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