Lying in the heart of Europe between the Alps and the Adriatic, Slovenia is just a two-hour flight from the UK. The majority of its ski resorts are less than an hour from the airport and many are among the best value in Europe, making it the ideal destination for a family ski break.
Here is your at-a-glance guide to family holidays in beautiful Slovenia this winter.
Make life simpler with Slovenia’s ski passes
With Slovenia’s single SkiPass ticket, you can ski at all Slovenian ski resorts. A Slovenian Alps Ski Pass also allows you to ski the top five Slovenian resorts plus a resort each in Italy and Austria. A Julian Alps pass allows you to ski at all Julian Alps ski resorts.
Ride the slopes on a Snow Raft in Bohinj
Slide your way down the picture-perfect slopes of Vogel Ski Centre in the Triglav National Park. Take in the breath-taking surroundings from your giant snow raft - and keep going for up to two hours! Cost: £20 per person.
Spend the night in an Eskimo Village
Learn the art of igloo-making and stay overnight in an igloo hotel. The igloo hotel comes complete with giant snow blocks for beds and sheepskins to keep you snug. Enjoy a drink at the igloo bar or dine in the igloo restaurant to complete your stay!
Spend a magical Christmas by Lake Bled
From 30 November to 6 January, Slovenia’s iconic Lake Bled comes alive with Christmas lights, a permanent nativity scene and loads of festivities, plus food and drinks from the Gorenjska region.. You may even be able to ice skate on the lake itself!
Enjoy a safe environment for children
Slovenia is not only considered among the world’s best countries to raise a child, it is also currently ranked among the top ten most peaceful countries in Europe and 11th in the world. So welcome to Slovenia – a family-first destination.
The Top 5 Ski Resorts in Slovenia:
Kranjska Gora Ski Resort
Travel to the slopes for free on a special ski bus taking skiers to and from the 30km of slopes. Take a starry stroll on giant snowshoes or sled through the night. Or head to nearby Mlačca Gorge where you can learn to scale a 40m high frozen waterfall, and, in December, watch a live nativity scene.
The Krvavec Ski Resort
At less than 10km from Ljubljana airport, Krvavec Ski Resort has one of the world’s shortest transfers! Combine the slopes with the city for a unique winter break. For families willing to travel slightly further afield, in just 1 hour from the airport you can reach Kranjska Gora Ski Resort.
Vogel Ski Center
There are plenty of family-friendly activities for visitors at this ski resort in Bohinj, which has 22km of pistes. Take in views of the frozen Lake Bohinj from a cable car, or snow raft down the slopes. Vogel has a selection of chalets on the slopes and Bohinj Eco Hotel is also nearby.
Kanin Ski Resort
See Slovenia through the clouds from the breathtaking Kanin Ski Resort in the Soca Valley. At 2,293m, Kanin is the highest ski resort in the country. Take the cable car and enjoy panoramic views across the Alps, glacial lakes and the Adriatic Sea. You can also reach Sella Nevea on the Italian side
Maribor Pohorje Ski Resort
The largest ski resort in Slovenia, Maribor Pohorje offers 41.5km of excellent slopes – of which well over half are blue runs – as well as first class wellness centres and breath-taking surroundings. The resort also has the longest illuminated ski slopes in Europe. All near Slovenia’s beautiful wine region of Maribor.
For more information on winter escapes in Slovenia visit slovenia.info