Wednesday, 4 January 2012

High Tatras

Hi folks! I just came back from an amazing trip to Tatra mountains. For years I've been enjoying Slovakia for its magic but never for skiing! This time, thanks to my friend Michał Dębosz, I could go to Slovakia for a ski+newyear's bash with friends. Awesome week!

The plan was to book the whole cottage by the mountains (by the city of Liptovsky Mikulas) in the centre of Slovakia and then enjoy the snow and water parks. The trip took 6 hours, and we arrived by the end of the day. I was travelling with Tomek, Ola and my brother. The rest of the group departed from Krakow.

So, in the first day the whole group (of about 23 people) went to the ski station "Chopok" in the low Tatras. The photo beside is from the first ski day, it was snowing a bit and the tracks were in perfect state for a ride. In Chopok, the one-day skipass costs 33 Euros (27 Euros after 12:00), the scheme of ski tracks is included in my photo album (link is on the bottom of this post). That ski station is comparable to the ones in the Alps. If you are bored with short ski tracks in Poland and don't want to fly to Switzerland, so just go to Slovakia! :)
The second day was for relaxation in Tatralandia which is the biggest water park in Slovakia. It's possible to play volleyball in the outdoor pool while the snow is falling. The heated pool is very comfortable. The slides are also very entertaining, I recommend the one called 'Tornado'. Very funny specially in the winter. :)
The third day: back to Chopok for more skiing!! I found out that the track #5 in Chopok is the best I've even been. Very long and not so steep.
The fourth day: Besenova - Water park with thermal pools with healing power. That's what the legend says. Pools with +39c water. Nice for relaxation.
The fifth day: Tatranska Lomnica - The second highest point in Tatra mountain chain (2634m above see level), only 20 meters lower than the Gerlach peak. It's possible to reach the very top of this mountain (Lomnicky stit) with the help of a cablecar. The two-way ride costs 39 Eur per person. I recommend. I took nice photos, so don't miss the link below. :)

Some photos (click on them to enlarge):

For full album of photos, click here.

And a video:

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