Slovakia Sports & Outdoors
The path is quite stony
The path is quite stony
Near the chalet Rysy
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You must be careful in mountains ... :)
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High Tatras Skiing
For Westerners who are thinking of going to the High Tatras for skiing here are a couple of tips/warnings:- Some skiers (also sightseers and tobogganers) persist in the habit of walking up the pistes, rather than pay (or wait) for a ski lift;- Most resorts are not actually set out for ease of access by train (e.g. the railway station is at least half a mile below the main ski lift in Tatranská Lomnica and the Smokovec to Hrebionek funicular is likewise about 600 yards above the main railway station). If arriving early enough driving may allow you to get closer. Alternatively wear suitable footwear and carry your ski boots.- My opinion (please reply if you dispute this) is that the colour classifications in Slovakia are more challenging than elsewhere. (A blue here would be a red in Switzerland and a red would be black).However the lift facilities seem to be adequate and the prices are...
Snow depths in Feb 2005
SKI RESORT SNOW COST of SKI PASSChopok-South 180-310cm Sk500Donovaly 100-110cm Sk640Vel'ka Raca 130-150cm Sk650Strbske Pleso 150cm Sk640Skipark Ruzomberok 120cm Sk650Martinske hole 175cm Sk550Zverovka 110cm Sk580Lomnnicke sedlo 260cm Sk550Vratna dolina 70- 140cm Sk570
Most expensiveJasna 65-85cm Sk690CheapestBiele Vody 75cm Sk250
For lazy swimmers :)
There are more great termal swimming pools spread in south of Slovakia and you can enjoy little swimming and more pleasure in warm curative water. You can find them in Komarno, Besenova, Patince, Sturovo, Velky Meder etc ... they are open all year long thanks its hot springs :)
Well Tennis the white sport
Maybe some of you who are interested in tennis and players noticed that also Dominik Hrbaty is one of those players who sometimes mix the ATP tops. He is the best Slovak tennis player and he proves the quality of the Slovak tennis school such as names Mecir (who even won a gold medal on Olympics), Kucera and for the women is worth to mention Hantuchova and Habsudova.
Slovakia seems to be great country for lovers of skiing. Ski resorts are located mainly in north-central region of Zilina (historical Spis and Orava regions) in Tatra Mountains, Mala Fatra and Velka Fatra Mountains. Much more information: Slovensky Yeti - fantastic pages in Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Polish, Russian and Slovak language: ski resorts, ski conditions, accommodations, prices, weather etc. Haha, I started my skiing adventures somewhere in Slovak Tatra Mountains... long time ago as you can see on my picture. Oh, I must ask my parents where this pic was taken - I can't remember. I never went to Slovakia for skiing later (I never tried snowboarding) but my brother with his family used to go there (Tatra Mountains) almost each winter. His opinion:1. cheaper than in Poland (although less and less),2. better prepared skiing trails than in Poland,3. less choice of food,...
Biking and bicycles
I noticed quite a lot of locals riding a bicycle and not exclusively for recreation esp. in the countryside. Quite many Slovaks don't have cars and used to ride a bicycle instead. There were not special, designated for bicycles trails at least in and around Zuberec but 2 of my friends rode by bicycle the highway up to hot thermal springs in nearby Oravica.
I didn't find any rent a bicycle company but I saw some cars from Poland with bicycles on roof. They were looking for mountain bicycle (off road) tracks.
I met few times people riding a horse in mountainous parts of Slovakia - in Oravska Polhora for example. As the surrounding mountains looked amazing I was sure it was great fan to ride a horse across the area. Hmm... I never did it (yet!).
BYOH - Bring Your Own Horse (like BYOB - bring your own booze/beer :-).Sorry, I don't know where to rent a horse or to take horseriding lessons there - ask the locals or at local tourist information, please. Anyway, it should be much cheaper than in any country of Western Europe.
Ice hockey watching :)
Last three years somewhen in May all Slovaks practise nice sport :) full of adrenaline. They watch ice hockey Championship on TV. You should experience that it is time when all Slovaks are united and live by ice hockey :), beer and happy moments..By the way, our team brought already three medals for last three years so our support works for sure. ;))
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