Snowflakes are already dancing in the sky and creating a winter landscape, which is a secret calling for some (or a lot of) fun on the snow. And in addition to the usual well-maintained ski runs, there are other winter activities waiting in Slovenia’s winter wonderland this season.
5 Things You Can do in Slovenia’s Winter Wonderland
Track Across a Snowy Landscape
What can be more tempting than to enjoy a winter fairytale landscape far away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Don’t hesitate to put on snowshoes and venture on a walk across the blindingly white snow. Trudge your way among the dreamy herdsmen’s cottages in Velika Planina, and explore unspoiled snowy spots near Bled and Bohinj. Discover the beauty of the snow-clad mountain world surrounding Bovec and Kranjska Gora. Finally, enjoy the winter idyll while walking in Golte, Rogla, Krvavec, Kope, and Pohorje.
Descend into the Valley Through Virgin-white Snow
Peace and quiet far away from the commotion of the maintained ski runs: though the ascent is enjoyable, nothing beats the experience of descending on intact white slopes – this is paradise for ski lovers. The best locations for ski tours can be found in Jezersko, the Logar Valley, and on the peaks surrounding Tržič. See the beauty of the Julian Alps and rest your eyes on the mighty Mt Triglav and Lake Bohinj from Vogel. Excellent starting points for ski touring are the slopes surrounding Kranjska Gora, Pokljuka, Krvavec and Golte. But be careful – to safely enjoy the snowy slopes, first check the snow and weather conditions.
Winter Adrenaline Experience
Are you one of those people who crave winter adventures to rush your adrenaline? Well, in Slovenia’s winter wonderland, you can enjoy an unforgettable ride on a snowmobile or a dog sleigh in Rogla; skijoring is also something special. Ride a snowmobile or descend along the snowy surface on a mountain bike. Biking adventures on snow await you in Kranjska Gora and Krvavec. As for those who prefer climbing steep slopes rather than staying on the solid ground, there are a few natural and artificial waterfalls where ice climbing is possible. While observing suitable winter conditions, you can engage in ice climbing on frozen waterfalls. The most known ones are in the Tamar Valley and near Martuljek, in the Trenta Valley and the Logar Valley. A favorite artificial ice climbing spot is the Mlačca Gorge near Mojstrana.
Sit on a Sleigh
Sledding is one of the most popular activities in any winter wonderland. It is not strange to descend from a hill on a sleigh in almost every part of Slovenia. Venture down the slopes of Velika Planina, and discover popular sledding terrains in Pokljuka, Soriška Planina and in the vicinity of Bohinj. Enjoy the view of the thousands of Ljubljana city lights as seen from Krvavec. The excitement of sledding will also overcome you in Kranjska Gora, Golte, Rogla, Pohorje and many other places.
Feel the Water Beneath your Feet
When temperatures drop below freezing for several consecutive days, ice is formed on the lakes, and when the layer of ice is thick enough, it becomes an excellent ice skating surface, where you can enjoy nature and do something good for your health. One of the most popular natural ice skating locations in Slovenia’s winter wonderland is Lake Planšarsko jezero in Jezersko, where the surrounding hills and mountains add an extra charm to the activities on the ice. A special experience is also ice skating or merely a walk on the ice-covered Lake Bled all the way to the island, but only when the ice is thick enough. Ice skating in the natural environment presented by Lake Cerknica is also exceptional. Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora is a natural ice skating site located next to the road leading to the Vršič Pass.
The Slovenia Tourist Board (STO), in cooperation with travel partners from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, recently launched a ‘Kids Ski Free’ campaign to promote Slovenia as an ideal winter holiday destination for families seeking ski packages, snow adventures, and fun experiences. Now you don’t have an excuse for missing out on Slovenia’s winter wonderland.