Ski season is officially underway. 🙂
The peak at the center is Rušica (2096m/6876ft), as seen to the east/southeast from a lift at Kranjska Gora this afternoon, taken about an hour before sunset.
Rušica, along with Rigljica (2074m/6084ft) to its left, form the northwestern edge of the Martuljška, or Martuljkova range of Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Notably, the range has been under federal protection since January 1949 when it was given the status of a regional park, and later made part of of Triglav National Park, making it one of the oldest protected mountain zones in the country.
With just seven of the 17 runs open, the skiing wasn’t phenomenal –and I must add the mulled wine waaay too sweet– but the views were nice. And it was great to get the blood moving.
Located in the northwest corner of the country less than six kilometers of both the Austrian and Italian borders, Kranjska Gora rests in the heart of the Zgornjesavska, or Upper Sava Valley, just a couple hills to the east of the Planica Ski Flying facility that was entirely refurbished and reopened last year and just a few mountains and a range or two to the west of Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain.
Kranjska Gora is also one of two ski areas in Slovenia that hosts an alpine skiing World Cup competition; on 4-5 March men’s giant slalom and slalom races take place under the Vitranc Cup name, the penultimate stops for the disciplines on the 2017 FIS World Cup circuit. (The other is in Maribor, Slovenia’s second city, host of the women’s Zlata Lisica, or Golden Fox, slalom and giant slalom races set for 7-8 January.)
For the rest of us, it provides a decent variety of runs and slopes for a variety of comfort levels. The runs aren’t as long as some of those offered in nearby resorts in Austria and Italy, but it’s nonetheless a solid option as a day trip destination, with enough to do in town that an overnight or two isn’t unwarranted.
Times of operation are 9-4pm daily, with night skiing from 7-10pm. Rates for the 2016 season are here. And below, a lift and run map; click for a larger view.