SKIING should be fun, skiing should be a song – at least that’s what my ski instructor says as I struggle to stay upright on my first day in the breathtaking Slovenian mountains.
But as I face off the Baby Slope ski lift for the second time, I wonder if the hills will ever come alive to the sound of my music.
For many, ski trips mean glittering Alpine resorts in France, Italy and Austria.
But for sheer value for money, Slovenia is a great place to put on your dungarees – no matter how advanced you are.
There are many cheap flights to the capital, Ljubljana, and the ski resorts are about a two-hour drive from there.
But it’s the prices at the resorts that will really surprise you.
A pint on the slopes costs just £2, while a hearty stew at a mountain restaurant costs around £5.
And a 3-day multi-resort ski pass is just £85 – that hardly gets you a day of skiing in France.
The ski season lasts from November to May, and during my hectic four-day stay I visited three ski resorts – Rogla, Krvavec and Vogel.
Located about two hours outside of the capital, Rogla is popular with families.
The resort’s 3H Hotel Rogla has upgraded rooms offering guests a relaxed retreat from £55 per person per night.
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Not only is the hotel right in the heart of the action, but it also has an indoor pool and excellent spa facilities.
Away from the pistes, an enchanting treetop path should not be missing. It offers incredible views of the forest 20m below the treetops.
There is also a 35 m high observation tower and a fun tunnel slide.
Second resort Krvavec has the highest mountain in Slovenia. An hour’s drive from the airport, it’s only accessible by a hairy-looking (but perfectly safe) gondola ride.
This is where I did most of my fall – and learning – during a long day on the slightly steeper but still small slope.
My fiancee and I managed to get to the top of an actual ski slope – albeit without skiing – and the view was beautiful, a recurring theme on our trip.
Our room at the resort’s Hotel Krvavec was clean but basic. However, you don’t come onto a ski slope to stay in it.
Soothes sore limbs
The hotel’s buffet restaurant offered a decent breakfast and local specialties for lunch and dinner.
Our last day of skiing was in Vogel, a favorite of Slovenians for its stunning views.
The view from the top of the slopes is just amazing. It’s like another world, with snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see.
Instructor Jaka took us to the blue slope for real skiing – well, appropriate for us anyway.
Thanks to his reassurance, banter and expert tuition, we descended a few times and ended up feeling like skiers – before meeting up for a burger and Slovenian beer at a bar on the slopes.
We celebrated our skiing successes with a final night at the exquisite, eco-friendly 5H Hotel Bohinj on Lake Bohinj.
We soothed sore limbs at the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pool complexes before enjoying a fantastic meal made from locally sourced ingredients at the upscale, contemporary 2864 restaurant.
Admiring the breathtaking forest and mountain views from our room as we settled in for the night, I wondered if my skiing had been like a song?
Probably not, but I had had a wonderful time strumming a tune.
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