The Slovenia Times

Slovenian ski resorts pleased with season so far


Cerkno in western Slovenia and Pohorje in the east of the country appear to have had the best season overall and report a 30% increase in visitor numbers.

"We are very pleased with this season, we've had 82,000 skiers," Uroš Žajdela, director of marketing at Hotel Cerkno, told the STA. Since the slopes will remain open until 26 March, the final figure will be higher.

Marprom, which operates the lifts on Pohorje, said 60,000 daily and multi-day ski passes had been sold, up 30% over the previous season.

Rogla, another resort on the Pohorje massif, reported a 6% increase in visitor numbers, to 164,300 through 8 March.

Krvavec near Ljubljana, one of the biggest resorts, had 150,000 visitors by 9 March. Even though this marks a 10% increase over the previous season, the figure is still below that recorded in the best seasons.

Kranjska Gora registered almost 180,000 skiers until 9 March, 5% more than in the entire season last year. The slopes will remain open until 19 March.

Despite the increase, the operator projects a lower profit since all slopes have had to be covered in artificial snow from the beginning of the season due to a lack of natural snow.

The nearby Vogel, above Lake Bohinj, registered a 4% drop compared to the year before, also due to a lack of snow.

However, Vogel is located at a high altitude and can stay open longer than most other resorts. The operator plans to conclude the season when Easter holidays end.


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