Skiing can be a fun but risky activity. Still, many people like to try it out. Robert Janitzek gives us his recommendations of 6 potential skiing destinations in Europe.
Marlborsko Pohorje, Slovenia
Located in the Pohorje Mountains just outside Maribor, Marlborsko Pohorje is the largest single ski area in Slovenia. Stretching 42 kilometers, it features a 10km illuminated area for night skiing. It has sufficient length and gradient for slalom and GS women’s World Cup races. This course is characterized by short and benign runs and designed for beginners and low intermediate skiers.
Popova Sapka, Macedonia
Popova Sapka is 90 minutes away from the airport at Skopje. This skiing resort is located at the mountainous part of the former Yugoslavia which is bordered by Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Albania, and Greece. This European destination features a 100km stretch of terrain above 1,700 kilometers. There is ski school and equipment rental as well as restaurants in most of the hotels.
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Kranjska Gora features a ski-in/ski-out allure. Known as ‘poor man’s Austria,’ it closely resembles the chalet-style architecture and cosy ambience of its neighbour. Set in a pretty, flat-bottomed valley between the mountains of the Julian Alps, its sophistication and charm is comparable with Austrian or Italian ski resorts.
Bansko is Bulgaria’s top skiing resort. It lies in the Pirin Mountains near the border of Greece and Macedonia. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that Greeks, Russians, and Britons flock to this destination which is a two and a half hour drive south of Sofia airport. 15 years ago, a Sofia-based property company invested £95 million to turn Bansko into a modern resort.
The largest and most challenging ski area in Slovakia, Jasna is known for its sufficient terrain and facilities that can make advanced skiers and snowboarders happy. An investment of €130 million bought in four new gondolas, an additional 10 kilometers of pistes and new hotels and restaurants. There are lifts that rise from both sides of the mountains and hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants abound in the area.
Poiana Brasov, Romania
Located in the Carpathian Mountains, this European destination is the only resort in Romania with an international appeal. In 2011, €25m worth of investment resulted to an increase in the size of the ski area and the introduction of new modern lifts. Poiana Brasov offers a good choice of hotels at the base of the slopes with high standard of accommodations and quality of cuisine.