If you are looking for a first-time skiing holiday that offers more than just the slopes, Slovenia could be the perfect choice. A two-hour flight from London, Slovenia offers some of the cheapest skiing in Europe. Its ski resorts are world class and the slopes are perfect for beginners.
About 40 per cent of Slovenia is mountainous so skiing is a national sport. The country hosts the men's and women's World Cup slaloms every year (at Kranjska Gora and Maribor-Pohorje respectively) and offers dozens of other ski areas - from the award winning Krvavec to the charming little resort of Cerkno.
Visitors can take full advantage of their surroundings by trying some of the other popular winter activities on offer - snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, ice-skating and ice-climbing.
In addition, Slovenia consistently ranks among Europe's most affordable skiing destinations - significantly cheaper than ski resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria. Its ski resorts also stand out for their high quality, offering Western standard accommodation and service at Eastern European prices.
The ski season in Slovenia begins as early as November and in resorts such as Mount Kanin - the highest in the country - the snow remains well in to the spring.
For further information about Slovenia and its winter sports scene visit www.slovenia.info