The best-known Slovenian resort, a pretty village not far from the Austrian and the Italian borders and dominated by the majestic Julian Alps. The slopes are mainly intermediate, rising up to 1570m. Challenges are largely confined to the World Cup slalom run. Snow reliability is not good, despite snowmaking and a northerly exposure. There are 40km of cross-country trails. Although it is family orientated, there is a selection of bars and discos. Despite limited slopes (most other areas are bigger), Kranjska Gora is offered by a few UK tour operators. It's a good-value, pretty and compact resort that is popular with families. Since the centre is fairly small, most facilities are near the slopes, too. Kranjska Gora is close to the Austrian and Italian borders. Day trips to ski in resorts over the borders are possible. The 20km of wide, treelined pistes rise to 1295m and best suit very unadventurous intermediates and novices - though there is a World Cup slalom black run. The slopes above Podkoren are quiet and gentle. There are four quad chairlifts, but still lots of draglifts. And getting around involves tedious traversing. Queues are rare despite fairly busy slopes here. Snow reliability is poor, but snowmaking covers many pistes. There is a terrain park and a children's area with moving carpets. Cross-country trails total 40km. It is back to base for lunch and Bedanc is a good self-service beside chair 7. Hotels are of a high standard, most with pools and spas. For slope-side convenience, the Lek and Ramada are best. The Alpina is popular with families. We liked the Kompas, with good breakfast buffet and pool. For eating out try the Kotnik pizzeria, or the Ostarija for finer dining. Ice skating, night tobogganing and snowshoeing are popular.
Good for novices and families
Convenient, good, slope-side hotels
Slopes limited in extent, variety, length and vertical
Still some old lifts, and gets busy
- Tourist office: +386 4588 1768
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