The Slovenia Times

First Skiing Museum Opens Doors


The museum features over 100 items, of which about a half are various skis, including from the end of the 19th century.

According to Jana Babšek, the head of the museum, it presents the history of Slovenian skiing from the skiers of the Bloke plateau, which were already mentioned by the 17th century scholar Janez Vajkard Valvasor in his work "The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola", up to the WWII and later.

It also features skiers like Bojan Križaj, who won the first Slovenian World Cup victory in 1980 and went on to take home another seven wins from World Cup events as well as silver at the World Championship in Schladming in 1982.

The first collection of artefacts related to skiing in Slovenia started taking shape in 1991, as enthusiasts Svetozar Guček and his son and daughter-in-law Aleš Guček and Vlasta Guček started putting it together.

The collection was first put on display in the Špik hotel in Kranjska Gora in 1994 when the Planica jumping hill hosted the World Championships. It was on display in the hotel until 2004, when it was removed. Now the exhibition found its home in Tržič.

"Skiing has a considerable weight in Tržič and if anywhere the Slovenian skiing museum belongs here, so every visitor will be able to see the history of Slovenian skiing in one place," Tržič Mayor Borut Sajovic said, pointing to some 40 winter athletes Tržič has given to Slovenia.

Among them is snowboarder Žan Košir, who brought home a silver and a bronze medal from this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.


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