Not enough snow? No problem!

Has climate change ruined your plans for a winter holiday by giving rise to a warm winter and no snow? Fear not! Even if there’s not enough snow, you can have an unforgettable winter holiday in Slovenia – only in a different way. You can visit a high-altitude ski centre where at least some ski runs will be covered with snow, conquer a popular peak, or find patches of snow hiding in idyllic alpine valleys. Maybe you can exchange your skis for a bicycle and take a trip around Slovenia. You certainly won’t be bored!

Enjoy skiing on high-altitude ski-slopes

Ski centres at altitudes higher than 1000 metres above sea level are usually still operating when spring flowers start blooming in the valleys. They mostly use artificial snow but there are also some ski slopes boasting only natural snow. Despite the rather springlike atmosphere, you will be able to ski on at least some parts of snow-covered ski runs.

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Put on hiking boots instead of ski boots

You can add hiking adventures to your skiing holidays. Join many others in improving your fitness by hiking and climbing to popular plateaus and mountains, where you will be able to enjoy wonderful views.

Discover the charms of alpine plateaus and mountains

Easily accessible plateaus and mountains are also popular in wintertime. Explore them in your own way.

Pokljuka

If you want to experience at least some measure of winter idyll, head to Pokljuka. There you will find a biathlon centre and well-maintained cross-country ski trails. You can also take a delightful walk through a spruce forest surrounded by the white peaks of the Julian Alps.

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Velika Planina

You can get to Velika Planina on foot or by cable car. When it is snowy, you can ski or enjoy other snow activities. You can explore the rich tradition of the Velika Planina herders regardless of the snow conditions.

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Vogar

You can climb the popular Vogar mountain opposite the Vogel ski centre, which you can also explore on foot instead of skis. From the top of Vogar you can admire the Bohinj Valley with the lake in the forefront.

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Jelovica

Visit the popular short-trip destinations on Jelovica, such as Talež, Goška Raven and Vodiška Planina. If you go skiing on Soriška Panina, you can also climb the nearby Ratitovec ridge.

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Explore Pohorje in winter

In addition to the large ski centres of Rogla, Kope and Mariborsko Pohorje, you can also visit popular smaller ski centres, such as Celjska Koča and Trije Kralji. If the green winter prevents you from skiing to your heart's content, visit some of Pohorje’s attractions.

From Lovrenška Jezera to Osankarica

From the Rogla ski centre you can take a trip to the photogenic Lovrenška Jezera lakes, visit the old Črno Jezero lake, or climb to the top of Osankarica. Do not forget the unique Treetop Walk! 

From Lovrenška Jezera to Osankarica

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From Črni Vrh to Ribniško Jezero

From the Kope ski centre you can go on a more or less winter-themed hike (with snowshoes or hiking boots) to Črni Vrh or Ribniška Koča along the theme trail, where you can get some rest and refreshments before continuing to Lake Ribniško Jezero.

From Črni Vrh to Ribniško Jezero

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From city to nature

Combine outdoor activities on Mariborsko Pohorje with explorations of the city of Maribor, where the world oldest grapevine grows. Do a Nordic walk among the vineyards, climb from the streets of Maribor to the surrounding hills – Kalvarija, Piramida and Mestni Vrh, or visit Areh on Pohorje.

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Visit popular spots in the Karawanks

Even in winter, the Karawanks are lit by the sun and many hikers like to visit the popular hiking spots there. Many mountain huts are also open in wintertime.

The Karavanke Geopark

Here, at the meeting point of two tectonic plates, discover the underground world under Mt. Peca and the kingdom of the legendary King Matjaž and explore the tunnels of an abandoned mine on foot, or by bicycle or kayak. Learn the secrets of Smrekovec, a former volcano.

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A view of three countries

Climb to Tromeja above Rateče, the most north-western village in Slovenia, and enjoy a view of three neighbouring countries – Austria, Italy and Slovenia. When you return to the valley, you can treat yourself to a Dinner of Three Lands.

A view of three countries

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Ideas for a winter hike between Stol and Begunjščica

Catch the sunbeams between the peaks of Stol and Begunjščica. Visit the most popular places, which are easily accessible and suitable for families, and enjoy the view of the neighbouring Julian Alps, Lake Bled, villages and towns. 

Ideas for a winter hike between Stol and Begunjščica

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In the kingdom of the Tržič dragon

Take in the unforgettable view from the mountains above Tržič. Stop at the mountain huts on Zelenica and Kofce, where you will be served an excellent herder's meal. If you manage to "catch" some snow, you can go sledging from Ljubelj. When the conditions permit, ski touring lovers can enjoy this sport to the fullest.

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Find winter in alpine valleys

Find hidden corners among the mountains where some of the winter idyll still awaits. Go hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in alpine valleys.

Tamar

The Tamar Valley is almost always generous with snow. You can set out from the Planica Nordic Centre on cross-country skis on well-maintained ski trails. Or you can take a bracing winter walk to the mountain hut at the end of the valley, where you can regain your strength with a good meal and a mug of hot tea.

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Logar Valley

The Logar Valley with the magnificent two-thousanders of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the background is one of the few snow oases left in the increasingly warmer and snow-stingy winters. Prepare your cross-country or touring skis or sledges, or set off on foot into the winter wonderland of the Upper Savinja Valley.

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Soča Valley

In the idyllic Soča Valley you can enjoy many outdoor activities in winter, with snow or without. Explore the most beautiful corners by following the winter hiking trails and learn about life in the valley and its traditions.

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Cycling in winter? Why not!

Are you one of those who in warm, snowless winters swap skis for a bicycle? Do you cycle up and down hills and across plains instead of slaloming on white slopes? Even in the winter months, with nearly springlike temperatures you will find cycling enthusiasts in action all over Slovenia. Some places are interesting for cyclists even when winter is showing its true colours elsewhere.

Vipava Valley

Discover diverse and inviting cycling routes throughout the Vipava Valley in all seasons. There are cycling routes for every taste – from difficult climbs for the most daring, to pleasant routes through picturesque places suitable for families.

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Slovenian Istria

Cycling on the Slovenian coast and its hinterland in wintertime is a special experience, as you can enjoy the unique views free from crowds. From Parenzana to cycling routes among Istrian villages, you will always be surrounded by the delicate aroma of the Mediterranean.

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What else can you include in your Plan B?

You can treat yourself to a pampering in a spa, visit an unusual museum, plunge into a virtual world, or try to find a way out of an escape room. If you prefer the outdoors, you can go on a trip and discover the pearls of Slovenia.

Ski and pamper yourself in Slovenia

Treat yourself to a family ski adventure and take care of your well-being.

Ski and pamper yourself in Slovenia

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Explore the world of unique saunas in Slovenia

Relax in special saunas around Slovenia.

Explore the world of unique saunas in Slovenia

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A winter thermal resort experience for the whole family in Slovenia

Visit indoor water parks of Slovenia's thermal resorts and explore their attractions for the whole family.

A winter thermal resort experience for the whole family in Slovenia

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Visit the most unusual museums in Slovenia

Enter the world of Slovenia's unusual museum collections.

Visit the most unusual museums in Slovenia

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Top virtual reality experiences in Slovenia

Discover interesting stories from Slovenia with the help of virtual reality.

Top virtual reality experiences in Slovenia

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Find your way out of Slovenia’s escape rooms

Enter a world of exciting adventures and find your way out of escape rooms.

Find your way out of Slovenia’s escape rooms

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Hiking

Slovenia is a hiking paradise. More than 10,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails.

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Top Attractions

Must-see attractions in green Slovenia!

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