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Skiing on Krvavec

Text: Maja Jaklič Photos: Iztok Medja

Speeding down the white slopes gets the blood flowing through your veins

Krvavec is one of Slovenia's busiest and most popular ski resorts. How could it be otherwise, when every winter transforms the mountain pastures lying above picture-book Alpine villages into a skier's paradise a mere 25 kilometres from Ljubljana, the capital city? The ski resort offers 30 kilometres of runs of different difficulties at altitudes ranging from 1,450 metres to 1,971 metres above sea level. This guarantees good skiing conditions on natural, compact snow and 100 skiing days per season. More demanding skiers can shift things up a gear in the snow park or on the competition course, or put themselves to the test on a run with electronic timing or an ungroomed run. Meanwhile, beginners can ski on the nursery slopes or sign up for lessons at the ski school.

If you find yourself at the foot of Krvavec and you're suddenly seized by the urge to hit the slopes, but you haven't brought your skiing gear, never fear: you can hire everything you need at the resort, be it skis, poles, boots, snowboards, helmets, trousers or gloves. Ski or snowboard hire for adults starts at 19 euros per day, while ski/snowboard boots are available from 11 euros per day.

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Landing at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport? Look out of the window at the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and try and find Krvavec. The ski resort is just 8 kilometres from the airport, making it the closest ski resort to an international airport in Europe.