Like it hot or cold?

Published: 25.11.2015

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Like it hot or cold?

Do you like relaxation and the rejuvenation of the body and soul, or are you an adventurer seeking the thrills of freezing temperatures and gliding down snowy slopes? Why not both? In winter, active and healthy Slovenia will spoil you with its fresh snowy delights and views of white-topped Alpine peaks. It’s less than an hour’s drive from the ski resorts to Slovenia’s natural spas and wellness centres, so on the same day you can immerse your hard-worked muscles in bubbling thermal mineral water that rises up from more than 1,000 metres underground.

Like it hot or cold?

Do you like relaxation and the rejuvenation of the body and soul, or are you an adventurer seeking the thrills of freezing temperatures and gliding down snowy slopes? Why not both? In winter, active and healthy Slovenia will spoil you with its fresh snowy delights and views of white-topped Alpine peaks. It’s less than an hour’s drive from the ski resorts to Slovenia’s natural spas and wellness centres, so on the same day you can immerse your hard-worked muscles in bubbling thermal mineral water that rises up from more than 1,000 metres underground. Pick one of Slovenia’s ski resorts or natural spas, go frolic in the snow and indulge your joie de vivre – first at speed, then slowly, in the words famously rapped by one of Slovenia’s greatest skiers, Jure Košir.

In the Slovenian winter there is almost nothing more wonderful than skiing down a snow-white hill. Low temperatures and a favourable climate combine to make a lot of natural snow. The state-of-the-art ski centres offer a total of more than 300 km of pistes and 280 km of cross-country trails. Almost every sizeable town has a ski centre close by. Just an hour’s drive from Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, you will find the Krvavec Ski Centre. It offers more than 30 kilometres of groomed pistes and wonderful views of the Ljubljana basin. The northern Gorenjska region offers proper fairy-tale skiing in Bohinj at the Vogel Ski Centre, which is perched at an altitude of 1,537 m in the heart of the Triglav National Park. In Kranjska Gora you can ski with a backdrop of Slovenia’s highest peaks and enjoy a piste regarded within the International Ski Federation as one of the toughest competition slopes. In 2015 Kranjska Gora was ranked among the top 50 ski destinations by the biggest hotel web search engine Trivago. Visit Cerkno Ski Centre, Slovenia’s most advanced ski resort, which was recently given the accolade of the country’s most family-friendly ski centre. The Štajerska region will welcome you to Mariborsko Pohorje, famous for its women’s world cup skiing competitions and for its superbly groomed pistes throughout the skiing season. Beginners can learn to ski at Rogla, where an idyllic backdrop is the setting for one of the best ski schools in Slovenia. Rogla is also famous for its cross-country ski centre, where some of the best cross-country skiers go to train.

Close to the majority of Slovenia’s ski centres you will find natural spas and wellness centres. Slovenia is dotted with thermal springs and mineral water with temperatures from 32 to 73 degrees C, offering you a wonderful hot winter bath experience. In north-eastern Slovenia you can sink into the thermal paraffin waters at the spas of Terme 3000 Moravske Toplice and Terme Lendava. In the oldest Slovenian town of Ptuj you can jump into history – and a thermal bath – at Terme Ptuj. The ancient Romans used to come and indulge in the waters here. The beneficial climate and natural features of Mariborsko Pohorje are used for therapeutic purposes at Terme Zreče. They specialise in Pohorje peat masks. Close by is the Terme Dobrna spa, which boasts the oldest spa tradition in Slovenia. Meanwhile the Rogaška Spa has been providing health services for over 400 years, and ranks today as the biggest private medical centre in Slovenia. It is also the source of Donat Mg mineral water, featuring the highest magnesium content in the world. At Terme Radenci the Radenska mineral water quenches thirst and provides a most agreeable bubble bath. Visit the huge world of saunas at Terme Olimia spa in Podčetrtek or immerse yourself in a beer bath at Thermana Laško. Nestling in the Karavanke mountains is the Terme Topolšica spa, where you can feast on the views of nature right from the hot sauna. Among the rolling hills of Dolenjska, when the vineyards are resting for the winter, a warm welcome awaits you at Terme Dolenjske Toplice and Terme Šmarješke Toplice, which offer complete relaxation for the body and soul. Fun for all the family is guaranteed at Terme Čatež spa, while the Slovenian coast is a great source of wellbeing with its sea air, brine and salt. All of that and more will spoil you at Talaso Strunjan and Terme & Wellness LifeClass. Amidst the high peaks of the Julian Alps and the idyllic setting of Lake Bohinj, after some fun in the snow come warm yourself at the Bohinj Water Park. In Kranjska Gora you can plunge into heated crystal glacier water at the Hotel Špik Glacier Welness Centre. The water is freshly pumped from underground lakes.

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