Slovenian resorts keep investing

29th January 2010, by Chris Gill

(c) W King

(c) W King

Ski area investments in Eastern Europe have been increasing, and the most westernized of areas – Slovenia – has several new developments to offer this winter.

Part of the attraction of the country for skiing holidays, as well as the lower cost in comparison to the main Alps countries, has been its compact size and accessibility. Its borders with Austria and Italy give it a very cosmopolitan feel too.

As well as the swanky new link between Kanin and Sella Nevea (Slovenia and Italy), which was a 70 million euro development for this winter, there is a new gondola in Maribor Pohorje – the country’s largest ski area, about an hour east of Ljubljana. The new lift runs from the bottom to top of the Porhorje Mountain in six minutes, and with double the capacity of its predecessor.

Family favourite Kranjska Gora has focused on new children’s facilities and freestyle fun for its ski area: the resort has a new snow garden, with moving carpet, and a decent-sized terrain park. The children’s area is open to all, and is free of charge. The terrain park is easily reached by quad chair from the resort; it runs alongside it away from the pistes – so there’s no through-traffic.

Most of the resorts have also invested heavily in updating lodging and off-slope facilities. You’ll find the swanky new five-star hotel in Bohinj (already mentioned in another news item), but also most of the hotels have been renovated to a good, modern standard. And many of those now have splendid pool and wellness facilities. Another attraction this winter is a brand new biathlon / sports centre at Poljuka near Bled – the centre has a hotel, restaurant and shooting range as well as other nearby attractions for sporty guests.

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