In a place, where the borders of Italy, Austria and Slovenia meet, is a complex of ski jumps, Planica. It was where Adam Małysz received four Crystal Globes, and Kamil Stoch did the longest jump of all Poles (in 2011, at a distance of 226 meters).
Planica is located in the Julian Alps, hiding in the shadows of Ponce, due to what it’s also known as the Valley under Ponce. It is famous for the biggest annual sports event in Slovenia – Men’s World Cup competitions in alpine skiing. Here is Letalnica (ski flying hill), the second largest ski jump in the world. Recently rebuilt, and on 20-22 March 2015 it will host world-renowned athletes again.
At the same landing area is a parking lot. In summer you can explore the hill for free, wandering along the rocky landing path.
Slovenia's oldest ski resort
Extremely attractive tourist destination is both the valley alone as well as villages lying near it. Recognized as the most beautiful mountain of the Julian Alps, Jalovec, guarantees stable wind conditions for jumpers, while for viewers - great views. Because of its beauty mountain is called "The Alpine crystal".
The Valley isn’t only popular among skiers. Planica attracts cavers and climbers, and the Julian Alps alone are famous for numerous internal rivers, vertical walls with a height of over 1,000 meters and mysterious caves.
The pearl of the region is Kranjska Gora, Slovenia's oldest ski resort and at the same time a year-round tourist resort. Its main advantage are the ski routes (approx. 85 km, 13 lifts and 6 chair lifts), extending from the slopes of the peak Vitranc to the village of Podkoren and Planica. The majority of them are artificially snowed, so skiing enthusiasts have a guarantee of pleasant holidays.
In winter Kranjska Gora tempts with snow, while in summer – with landscapes inviting for long walks. The southern part of the village borders with Triglav National Park. Those, who come here, will appreciate the beauty of the landscape. Here hectares of forests are stretching to the horizon, and eyes are drawn to the irregular line of the Julian Alps.
Winter in Kranjska Gora
In Kranjska Gora there are several sports equipment rentals. It’s the resort where all ski enthusiasts can play on the snow - both professionals and amateurs. What's more, you can also go crazy in the snow after dark, which is a distinguishing feature of the resort. A big attraction is the ice village, Eskimska vas, where you can spend the night.
For children there’s a playground, fenced for safety. Kids can ride the sled and ski on the specially adapted routes. Those, who are just starting to learn, will find help in the ski school. The school provides lessons from trained instructors.
Daily pass for Kranjska Gora slopes for an adult skier costs 31.5 euros (children - 20 euros), while the purchase of a 7-day ski pass is associated with the cost of 182 euros (children - 113 euros).
Campsites in Slovenia near Planica
During the competitions, you can park in Planica, but only in designated areas, but they can be filled up from the early hours of the morning. In other words, first come, first served basis. Later, guests are directed to a specially prepared parking on the road Kranjska Gora-Rateče. Guests can walk to Letalnicy through marked routes, which takes approx. half an hour.
Tourism infrastructure around the hill is very complex, but those who wish to see the jumps should book their accommodation in advance. Best to look for it in Podkorena and Kranjska Gora, while tourists who prefer to sleep in their own motorhome can visit the village Mojstrana, where Camping Kamne is situated. It is located 12 km east of Kranjska Gora. The place for motorhome costs 3 euros per night and adult accommodation- 9 euros. The access to electricity costs 4 euros a day.
Planica is beautiful throughout the year, so it's worth visiting it not only during the March contest. The charm of the villages surrounded around the valley is really astonishing.