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December 28, 2010

Skiing Eastern Europe

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Skiing in Eastern Europe.

Slovakia.

In the High Tatras you have ski resorts such as Strbsky Pleso, Stary Smokovec and Tatranska Lominka. Popograd is the nearest city. Ski Passes cost around 30EUR per day. A season pass is around 300-500EUR. Park Snow season pass is about 250EUR. Link to Chatas in the High Tatras – http://www.spisz.iq.pl/tour/slhuts/ . In the Low Tatras at Jasna a 6 day pass is about 145EUR

Tatranska Lomninka is 5km from Smokovec and 11k from Strbske Pleso. Trains connect the ski resorts. Look for Private rooms(privat or zimmer frei) signs on back streets south and east of the train station. Penzion Encian is around $15.

Strbske Pleso – try Chata Pod Soliskom ( http://www.chatasolisko.sk/en/vitajte-u-nas ) with dorms for around 10EUR. Also try http://www.popradskepleso.sk/ . To get here hop on an electric train in Poprad. In Poprad stay at Pension Aqualand ~$20 or Hotel Cafe Razy.

Vratna Valley – Chata na Gruni ( http://www.chatanagruni.sk/en/index.html ) for around 10EUR, there are two ski lifts near this chata and others going up nearby mountains. Nearby town is Terchova.

Zdiar – Pension Vasko is situated near Strednica ski center ~$20. Hostel Furmanec ~$15.

Jasna The village of Jasna is at the head of the Demanova Valley in the Low Tatras. Slovakotour and Liptour can help with private rooms. Chata MR Stefanika. Mikulaska Chata, near Otupne lift station.

Poland

Zakopane – There are 4 ski areas but the system is complex with many different owners of ski lifts. Day passes are about $20-30. But you can stay in some of the mountain hostels. Zakopane is in the Carpathian Mountains. Stay at the Flamingo Hostel Zakopane for about $10 or Guesthouse Benita.

Mount Kasprowy Wierch has a cable car which goes from Kuznice, 3k from Zakopane.
Mount Gubalowka has a funicular.
Harenda has a chair lift.

Szklarska Poreba is in the Sudeten Mountains in Silesia at 1362m. Stay at Fantazja for about $40.

Karpacz – the tourist office can arrange beds. Hotel Karolinka.

Miedzygorze – PTTK Hostel, Recepja FWP ($10-20).

Szczyrk is in Silesia.

Romania

Poiana Brasov
Poiana Brasov is 14 kilometers from Brasov and there is a regular bus service. In Brasov stay at the Gabriel Hostel ~$15. or Phoenix Villa ~$10. One day ski pass is around $40 and a ten day pass is about $300.

Sinaia – Hotel Economat.

Borsa – the ski resort is 10k away in the Rodna Mountains. Try Hotel Cerbul.

Ukraine

Try the website skiukraine.info. For homestays contact Green Tours ( http://www.greentour.co.uk/about.html ).

Bukovel – in the Ukranian Carpathians, a Day Pass is around $30. (Bukovel.com) Bukovel is close to Tatriv and buses go from Yaremcha(Mriya, $20-30) and Kolomyya(Good Morning B&B, ~$18, Hotel Kolomiya ~$15.).

Slavsko is 120 kilometers from Lviv (Lviv Live ~$15)on the Kiev-Uzhhorod railroad line. The lift system is chaotic.

Drahobat at 1300m, 18k from Yasinya, is difficult to get to, isolated, but with excellent off-piste skiing.

Podobovets and Pylypets is 12k from Volovets.

Tysovets is 32k from Skole.

Belarus

Logoisk is 30k from Minsk

Silichy Minsk – stay at 40 Let Pobedy or Hotel Turist.

Bulgaria

Borovets is in the Rila Mountains, 8 kilometers from Samokov (Istrum Park ~$15), which is cheaper to stay at than Borovets. Get there from Sofia. Try the Relax Hotel. A day pass is ~$30 and a season pass is ~$1000!

Bansko is in the Rodopi Mountains, 83 kilometers from Plovdiv. Hotel Tipik or Hotel Avalon are around 20-30EUR.

Pamporovo is also in the Rodopi Mts.

Vitosha is near Sofia. Try the Sofia Guesthouse or the Kervan Hotel.

Slovenia

Slovenia has cheap skiing and tourist offices will arrange private rooms in local homes. Look for “sobe” or “zimmer frei” signs.

Kranjska Gora is in the Julian Alps at 1291m. It is 40k from Bled. Lift prices range roughly from about 30EUR for a day pass to 800EUR for a season pass. The tourist office can arrange private rooms or apartments. Also try Hotel Pr’ Tatko, Pension Borka or Hostel Nika (11-20EUR) ( www.slovenia.info )

Maribor is in Eastern Slovenia. Stay – Alibi C2. The resort is Mariborsko Pohorje at 1347m. Stay at Camp Pohorje (10EUR) or Hotel Arah(30EUR).

Bled – try Vila Gorenka (~20EUR) or Bled Hostel ~$20. For private rooms see Kompas or Globtour Bled.

Bovec is at 2200m.

Central Pohorje – Zrece is 16k away from the Rogla ski resort at 1517m.

Cerkno ski resort is 10k from town at 1291m. Stay at Gacnk v Logu (~20EUR)

Krvavec is 17k from Kranj. The cheapest private rooms are in Naklo. Drinovec (20EUR)

Velika Planina is at 1666m. Kamniska Bistrica is 3k away. Dom v Kamnisik Bistrici has dorms.

From ski.com.au – “Slovenia is not really for great skiing. Unless you like all slow-speed doubles. It has the novelty factor of skiing in the Julian Alps, superb, inexpensive. All the transport precision of Austria, with the value of east europe. Like the dolomites, also good via ferrata. I wouldn’t ski at Kransja Gora (because it is a resort with tennis courts, spas, casino, and could be anywhere really).

I reckon the real Slovenian experience is to go to somewhere like Lake Bohinj and stay at a little village there such as Ribcev Laz or Stara Fuzina and head down the road to the Vogel gondola. Day trips to Bled, or maybe base yourself in Bled if you want apres.

I found car hire out of Slovenia inexpensive as an easy quick way to get to and from Ljubiana to places like Bleb and Bohinja Bistrica area. Other wise they have perfectly reliable train and bus combinations, just not very frequent services. The best resort is Bovec-Kanin, the highest and the most likely to get snow in the country. Since 2009 it has been interconnected with Selle Nevea, which is a resort in the other side of the mountain called Mount Canin. ”

Bosnia

Around Sarajevo there are many resorts. In Sarajevo town try Sartour Hotel or Hostel City Center.

Jahorina has cheaper pensions in the village such as Pension Sport. There is a bus to Pale.

Bjelasnica

Vlasic is near Babanovac village. Stay at Hotel Central. Buses from Travnik (Motel Aba) take 40 minutes.

Montenegro

Savin Kuk at 2010m is 5 kilometers from Zabljak in Dormitor National Park. A weekly ski pass is about 70EUR. Try the Summit Travel Agency, Autokamp Mlinski Potok Mina (10EUR), Hotel Javor, or MB Hotel.

Kolasin – the Jezerine ski center is 10k from Kolasin, stay at Eco Katun Vranjak (15EUR).

Rozaje has two ski hills for about 10EUR per day. Lovke is 15k away and
Turjak is 9k from Rozaje. Try the Motel Grand (12EUR) or Hotel Duga (15EUR).

Vucje has a day pass for about ten Euros and is 21 kilometers from Niksic. Stay at Hotel Onogost (40EUR)

Serbia

Kapaonik is 14k from Brzece and 6 hours from Belgrade. Try JAT apartments, Hostel Montana(~$25) or Hotel Junior.

Zlatibor is in the Dinaric Alps in Western Serbia. There are 3 lifts. Zlatibor is 40km from Uzica and 230km from Belgrade. Zlatibor Hotel ~$40.

Macedonia

Mavrovo – Hotel Srna

Popova Sapka is 35 kilometers from Skopje(City hostel ~$15) and has 1400m of vertical skiing.

Zare Lazarevski for the more advanced skier.

Photo attribution to Jonathanawhite.

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