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Kranjska Gora – for lovers of the snowy slopes

Text: Mankica Kranjec Photos: Kranjska Gora Tourism, Eskimska vas d.o.o.

(69 km from Ljubljana Airport)

The skiing enthusiasts among you will certainly prick up your ears when we tell you that Slovenia is one of the best skiing destinations in Europe, offering unique experiences on beautifully groomed white slopes. Slovenia is a paradise for those who want to keep fit and improve their well-being in symbiosis with nature. The unique starting point for countless mountain hikes and nature trails becomes, in winter, the ideal destination for many winter sports.

In Kranjska Gora you can choose from among 18 different ski runs of various levels of difficulty on the slopes of Vitranc. Cross-country enthusiasts can set off on 40 kilometres of carefully maintained trails from the centre of Kranjska Gora past the source of the Sava Dolinka into the Tamar Valley or embark on a ski touring expedition into the Upper Sava Valley. Ski touring from the peaks of the Karavanke and extreme descents from the crests of the Julian Alps are a unique and unforgettable experience for adrenaline seekers.

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If you want a new experience guaranteed to get your heart pounding, the most exciting descent in your life is waiting for you just eight kilometres from Kranjska Gora. Planica, the Alpine valley below the Ponca/Ponza peaks that has been attracting ski jumping and sky flying heroes for decades, is the unique location of the steepest zipline in the world. The Planica Zipline is an incredible experience. During the descent you can reach speeds of up to 85 kilometres per hour in just a few seconds. A unique opportunity to experience the sensations felt by Slovenia's ski jumping eagles and fly the Planica giant, the world's biggest ski jumping hill.

Tobogganing – by day or by night – in Gozd Martuljek is another fun winter experience, or you can set off on an Eskimo adventure that includes a night trek on snowshoes across the resort to the Eskimo Village. The latter comes to life when most skiers have left the mountainside and the first stars are already twinkling in the night sky. The Eskimo Village is built from scratch every year. It consists of an igloo hotel, an igloo restaurant and an igloo bar. After a long day on the snow you can try a special Eskimo drink, a genuine Slovene snack (Carniolan sausage served with horseradish) and, for the first time this year, top-quality American-style barbecue from the Flying Smoker.

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