Slovenia Skiing Destinations
Slovenia Snowboarding Destinations
Scenically speaking, Bled is pure magic - a lakeside town opposite a wooded island, Maria of the Lake-but Straza, its tiny town hill, does not really qualify it as a ski resort. It is more tempting to use it as a base for the slopes at Vogel and Kobla, 20km away by shuttle bus (free together with a lift pass). As an alternative, you can stay on Lake Bohinj, with direct cable-car access to the Vogel plateau, which gets the best slopes and snow conditions in the region.
Vogel's central bowl offers inviting nursery slopes, with onward connections to red and blue cruisers higher up the mountain. In good conditions, it is possible to take the 8.5km sweeping red run back to the cable-car station near the lake. Kobla offers a glade-running alternative when the light is bad.
Sadly, Bled's hotel architecture does not match up to its setting, but the luxurious lakeside Grand Toplice is fine when you're inside looking out. In Bohinj, the best choices are the Jezero ten minutes by bus from the Vogel cable-car, or the Zlatorog, within walking distance of the cable-car.
Bled has lively resort-style apres ski, focused on the Pri Planincu and Krcma pubs, but Bohinj's attractions are confined to the local bars in Ukanc village 2km down the road.
Kranjska Gora is a compact village, conveniently located at the base of the ski area and close to the borders with Austria and Italy, positive influences when it bears on gastronomy.
On piste, the 22 lifts may seem generous for such a limited number of on-piste area, but the bulk of it are ancient T-bars in urgent need of renewal. The nursery slopes, just on top of the village, are wide and user-friendly, but the rest of the runs are cut from the forest. Intermediates can cruise the glades from the high point at Vitranc, while more advanced skiers head for the World Cup slalom slope at Podkoren.
The well-appointed Hotel Kompas is set up for families with a free mini-club (4-12yrs) and indoor pool for guests. The Larix also has a pool and is right at the foot of the pistes. Those who appreciate a touch of local color should consider the homely, chalet-style Lipa, with a top-notch restaurant specialising in game.
Nightlife is lively and in the Austrian oompah mould: Dvojka and the cafe-bar at the Hotel Prisank are the most common meeting places.