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Rogla – a family-friendly winter in the snow

Text: Mankica Kranjec Photos: Arhiv Unitur

(123 km from Ljubljana Airport)

A unique setting, a pleasant mountain climate and countless opportunities for sport, recreation, health and well-being make Rogla the perfect destination for rest and revitalisation. Add genuine local cuisine and unforgettable experiences among friendly and hospitable locals, and it would be hard to imagine a better holiday in the snow.

Rogla offers numerous opportunities for activities for the whole family, including a winter sports school for children and beginners and a children's snow park based on "sport for all" principles that offer children, youngsters and people with special needs the chance to learn winter sports skills more easily and effectively – while having fun! For the youngest members of the family there is a miniature village of nine little wooden houses representing the traditional way of life of the local inhabitants. Each house contains a fun game that encourages children to take part in stimulating activities while also keeping them entertained.

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Hikes and snowshoeing are increasingly popular winter activities in Rogla. Skijoring (where a skier is pulled along by a horse) is another attractive activity to try. Friendly white Lipizzaner horses have found a warm home in a forest clearing a little way away on the Pri Pesku Ranch (easily reached on foot), where they are looked after by Darja and Andrej of the Kaja and Grom Ranch. Visitors should also sample their excellent mushroom soup or delicious boiled strudel with cheese – perfect after an active day in the great outdoors.

The idyllic snow-covered landscape offers a wealth of attractive outdoor activities, while adrenaline seekers can have fun throughout the year on the summer/winter extreme toboggan run. One of the largest snow parks in SE Europe, the Rogla Fun Park is a paradise for snowboarders and freestyle skiers that draws enthusiasts to the region year after year. For some well-earned relaxation after an activity-filled day, try the Natura Wellness Centre, offering an experience inspired by matchless natural surroundings and the unique Lovrenc Lakes, the Planja Wellness Centre, full of Pohorje folklore, warmth and cosy domesticity, or the Terme Zreče spa for indulgent relaxation in thermal springs.

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