After a relatively successful summer season at Slovenia's leading alpine resort, Kranjska Gora ski-lift operators are preparing for winter. They have further improved the artificial snow system, hoping to begin the skiing season in late November. They will try to entice families with new attractions and cheaper tickets.
The resort started pre-selling ski passes in August and is offering a special 15% discount until the end of September. In addition to combined passes with other Slovenian ski resorts, a new type of season pass has been made available especially for Kranjska Gora.
According to their representative Anders Rydelius, they have particularly attractive offerings prepared for families, whom they would like to attract in greater numbers in the future. They hope Slovenians will prefer skiing in their home country this winter, as the prices of ski passes are rising in the surrounding countries, while the epidemiological situation also remains a contributing factor.
Slovenian guests, who used their tourist vouchers en masse in Kranjska Gora in July and August, helped to keep visitor numbers on a par with last year's. However, due to the epidemic, the summer season started later than usual this year, which also reflected on the bike park. The park and chairlift remain open every day in September, and on weekends in October.
They are also improving and adding new activities for families in the bicycle park and new, easier routes that are more suitable for beginners. In recent years, a theme park for children was set up, with additional activities and entertainment to follow soon. The bulk of the investment was in the snowmaking system - at around 400,000 euro this year.
"The key improvement is that we will be able to cover the slopes with snow very quickly and prepare the trails, if temperatures are low enough," said Rydelius. They will try to make skiing possible as early as the end of November or the beginning of December. At the same time, they remain positive about the development of the epidemic and restrictions related to it.