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Kranjska Gora Slovenia
The best known Slovenijan Resort, located within six kilometres (four miles) of both Austrian and Italian borders, Kranjska Gora offers high value holidays in the beautiful scenery of the Julian Alps. The town is both the municipal centre and the largest town in the Zgornjesavska valley, one of the most breathtaking alpine valleys. The valley has developed into a major tourist and sports region, famed primarily for its World Cup competitions in Alpine skiing and ski flights on the giant ski-jump in Planica. Accommodation is centred on large, high calibre, modern, comfortable hotels often slopeside and with good facilities. Families are especially well catered for with easy to intermediate ski slopes the most common; a good choice of family friendly, high-value places to eat and a good choice of off-slope facilities the whole famnily can enjoy - such as toboganning or indoor swimming pools. Kranjska Gora was first mentioned by the Slovenian historian Valvasor. In those early times when Kranjska Gora was still under development, the valley was owned by the counts of Briksen and Ortenburg. Later, the land was inherited by the Counts of Celje and in 1431 Count Friderik II built the Bela pec castle here. In the times of Turkish raids, the first house had been built at Srednji vrh where beacons were lit to alert the surrounding villages that the Turks were approaching. The house is still known as "pri Merkeljnu", which is derived from the verb to look out, to this day. On 14th December 1870, the Ljubljana–Ratece–Tarvisio railway line was opened and between the two World Wars, this contributed to the development of tourism and mountaineering, then continued to have a positive affect on the valley’s economy.
The best known Slovenian Resort, located within 6km of both Austrian and Italian borders. Cheerful, with "World Cup" status, but most of the skiing is made up of parallel drags each starting at the valley floor.
Ski lifts and runs are located all the way from Kranjska Gora right down to Planica from an altitude of 1215 to 800 metres above sea level. Ski runs are linked with a system of chairlifts and ski tows including the new Kekec chairlift.
Tougher skiing including the world cup slalom course are to be found on the Podkoren mountain.
Off piste skiing is also available ranging from a gentle downhill from the Karavanke summits to extreme skiing down the ridge of the Julian Alps accompanied by an experienced guide, a member of the Association of Slovenian Alpine Guides.
The possibilities for off piste depend to a large extent on the snow conditions and the danger of avalanches. The most interesting run is from the Karavanke summit of Dovska Baba, Bavhe and Vosca, while in the Julian Alps there is an excellent classic downhill from Mojstrovka, Kotovo sedlo and from under the face of the Kriska mountain.
In the winter season the Zgornjesavska valley is the venue of several important events. The world's top skiers and skijumpers gather to either compete against the clock – where every thousand of a second counts or to see which one can fly furthest at the Alpine Ski World Championships.
There are several childcare facilities which accepts children from age three (the hotel Larix is also slopeside, has a children's swimming pool and quad rooms with two separate sleeping areas).
The Kompass hotel also has a Mini Club for children aged four to 12, offering indoor play and games.
There are a dozen or so eateries to choose from in resort. The proximity to Italy means that pizza is a popular choice with the Pizzeria Napoli at the new Grand Hotel Prisank, or the pizzeria Kotnik to choose from.
It's not all Slovene and italian though, there's a Chinese restaurant, Sang Hai, if you fancy a change.
Apres options also include a visit to one of the two casinos in the area, the Hit Casino and the Casino at the Larix hotel. In luxurious surroundings you can choose to play on any of the large number of slot machines or perhaps try your luck at the gaming tables.