Slovenia has long attracted budget-conscious skiers and snowboarders, who visit in good numbers to enjoy the pretty slopes of the Julian Alps. It lies to the south of Austria and to the east of Italy and usually catches good snowfall spilling up from the south, but just be wary that most resorts are set at a low altitude so season’s here are usually shorter than elsewhere and snow reliability can be an issue.

The three major resorts familiar to Brits are Kransjka Gora, Bohinj and Krvavec – the former of which is definitely best known. At all three, the skiing is suited to beginners and intermediates and although there is a fairly limited amount of terrain, facilities are good and the ski school have very good reputations, especially as they’re such good value. More advanced skiers and boarders will be best-suited to heading elsewhere, or strapping on a pair of touring skins to explore the rest of the Julian Alps – which have a burgeoning reputation for possessing some fantastic backcountry.

Family-friendly, great value accommodation is the order of the day and your money certainly goes a long way. This is definitely the case too when it comes to eating out and have an après ski drink – you’ll definitely spend a lot less on a Slovenian holiday.

Another attraction is the variety of the off slope activities. There are some fantastic tobogganing runs, miles of cross country trails and some of the most picturesque winter walking routes in Europe.

Access is easy via the capital Ljubljana (the transfer is only an hour or so to most resorts) and the beautiful surroundings of Lake Bled are in between the ski resorts and the airport – a stop off here is definitely recommended.


Fantastic beginner-friendly terrain and good ski schools

Great value lift passes and accommodation

Lots to do away from the slopes in the Julian Alps

Easy transfer of only an hour from the Ljubljana airport


Snow reliability an issue due to low altitude

Even at the bigger resorts there is limited terrain

Few challenges for skiers or boarders above intermediate level

Can get busy during the school holidays and at weekends

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