It’s Eastern Europe’s turn

20th December 2009, by Chris Gill

Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora

What a relief! Low temperatures and heavy snowfalls have arrived across many parts of Eastern Europe this weekend.

It is welcome news for the resorts, many of which have just opened for the season – something that was looking doubtful only a few weeks ago. There had been snow in October, but most of Eastern Europe has been stuck in unseasonably dry and mild weather since then. The half a metre or more of snow reported this weekend has improved the situation just in time for the Christmas holidays.

The snow has fallen throughout the Balkans, notably in Serbia and Montenegro – about 60cm for the mountain areas such as Kopaonik and Stara Planina. 
In Bulgaria, Bansko opened this weekend with some of the best conditions in the country. The resort now boasts a healthy 60cm-90cm base on the slopes and temperatures well below freezing.

There are good conditions to be found in the leading Slovakian resort of Jasná, with up to 80cm of cover. It has been very cold in Slovenia too, with temperatures matching the minus 20’s that Austria experienced earlier in the week. Vogel near Bled has about 40cm of new snow on the slopes.

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