Slovenia, a land of world-class athletes

Despite its small size, a large number of top Slovenian athletes take medals on the world’s biggest stages. Slovenia is undoubtedly a sports-mad country, and the majority of its inhabitants participate in some form of physical activity. Slovenia is also known for being an excellent host of sports competitions. During the winter you can cheer on your sports heroes at six venues which host World Cup competitions in alpine skiing, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon and snowboard. And you can have fun at the accompanying events. Wide-ranging sports events are scheduled for the warmer months of the year, with cycling and running competitions taking centre stage. Bring your cheering accoutrements and come cheer for your favourite team or athlete in the idyllic environment of one of Slovenia’s sports venues.

The heroes of Planica fly like birds

The World Cup finals at Planica are Slovenia’s biggest sports holiday, when tens of thousands of fans visit the valley below the Ponca Peaks during the time of the competition. Planica’s huge ski-flying hill allows ski jumpers to fly huge distances, which thrill the audiences. You too can fly on the wings of the exceptional atmosphere in the finish area, surrounded by the beautiful natural backdrop of the nearby mountains. In 2019 the world’s best ski jumpers will be in Planica from 21 to 24 March.

Hop, hop, hop, ladies!

Female Alpine skiers will be the first to meet the challenge of February sports events held in Slovenia. The world’s best slalom and giant slalom skiers will navigate the snowy slopes of the Pohorje, where in addition to World Cup points they will also be vying for the Pohorje Cup – the Golden Fox (1 and 2 February). The Pohorje ski area, where you will be able to cheer on your favourite skiers, lies just on the outskirts of Slovenia’s second-largest city.

The bravery and explosiveness of the Vitranc Cup

Fans of Alpine skiing in Slovenia eagerly await March, when the men’s alpine skiing circus comes to Kranjska Gora. The slalom and giant slalom competitions for the Vitranc Cup are some of the toughest on the World Cup tour, which provides a fantastic spectacle for the fans in the finish area. Find out who will master the Podkoren face at the 58th Vitranc Cup, which will be held on 9 and 10 March 2019.

Snowboard masters at Rogla

Rogla is a popular winter centre where everyone can find something fun to do in the snow. Rogla has also been a regular stop on the Snowboard World Cup tour for several years. In 2019 you can cheer on your favourite snowboarders on 19 January, with women’s and men’s parallel giant slalom races on tap.

Get your fan on in Ljubno

Ljubno ob Savinji has hosted women’s Ski Jumping World Cup events for several years. The successes of the “diabolical Slovenes” at this venue every year draw numerous fans from Slovenia, and fans from abroad also come to support their favourites. Join them and create a thermal of positive energy for the ladies to fly on at the World Cup event which will be held from 8 to 10 February 2019.

Let’s go see the races at Pokljuka

The biathlon competitions at Pokljuka have a unique character. The snow-covered landscape in the foothills of the Julian Alps, ski trails that wind among the mighty spruce forests and the state-of-the-art biathlon centre are the icing on the cake of the fascinating contest among the biathletes. The world's very best biathletes traditionally gather every December on the idyllic plateau in Triglav National Park that hosts the World Cup races. In addition, Pokljuka is looking forward to 2021, when it will become the venue for the Biathlon World Cup.

Sports in Slovenia in 2019

In addition to the traditional winter venues in Slovenia, the roars of fans will also ring out at other major sporting events. At the beginning of summer between 19 and 23 June 2019, cyclists will put their pedals to the test in Tour of Slovenia, which attracts the world's most famous names in cycling every year. The Tour of Slovenia 2018 won the award for the Best Sports Event in Slovenia and moved up in the UCI quality ranking of cyclists.

Maribor will again be the venue for the Mountain Bike World Cup (downhill), which is scheduled to take place on 27 -28 April 2019. Mountain bikers will compete in two races of the iXS European Downhill Cup, hosted by Maribor (19-21 April) and Kranjska Gora (3-5 May).

Moreover, the coming year of 2019 will bring to Slovenia a series of exciting events for kayakers and canoers. The 2019 Wildwater Canoeing European Championship will take place in the Soča Valley between 14 and 18 May, whereas Tacen will traditionally host the Wildwater Canoeing World Cup between 28 and 30 June 2019.

In September, Slovenian Istria will be the venue for the most enduring triathlon competitors, who will step up to the challenge of the I FEEL SLOVENIA Ironman 70.3  competition.

We should not disregard the myriad of recreational competitions, the most popular being the Franja (Cycling) Marathon (7-9 June) and the Ljubljana (Running) Marathon.

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