Slovenia Ski Tour
Do you want to try something different? Then skiing in Slovenia is for you. There are great ski resorts with good off-piste skiing and hundreds of different mountains which offer a huge range of ski touring options in winter and spring.
Based in the centre of Europe within the far eastern part of the Alps, Slovenia is a friendly and charming small country which offers many memorable skiing destinations. Virgin snow, no crowds, beautiful scenery, wild mountain environment mostly protected within Triglav national park (Julian Alps) and traditional warm hospitality with excellent homemade food, good local wine or schnapps with local music will create an unforgettable ski holiday. If you want to explore new areas and have fantastic skiing adventures in the mountains, then Slovenia is a “must visit” destination.
Within the six days ski touring program all the transport and logistics will be taken care of by our local staff. We also provide complete ski touring and avalanche safety equipment for rent. All our ski tours are led by our personable team of internationally certified IFMGA mountain guides. The maximum ratio for this tour is 6 skiers with 1 mountain guide.
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We are based in the attractive town of Bled (located 1h driving from Ljubljana). Since distances are small we can adjust our ski destination every day, fitting to the best snow conditions in the area. For this reason we stay every night in the valley.
- Guides expenses
- Guiding fees
- Accommodation in Bled (BnB with packed lunch)
What's not included
- Transport to/from Bled
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
- Uplifts according to itinerary
- lunches/snacks when in the mountains
Who is this for?
Although we have adjustable itineraries you should be fit enough for 6 days of ski touring (4-6h/day) and capable of skiing in various types of snow. Most of the tours are for intermediate skiers and it’s very important your ski touring equipment is in perfect shape. If you are more interested in off-piste skiing we will adjust our program with the option of heli-skiing.
Accommodation and huts
Comfortable accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis including packed lunches in the beautiful lakeside town of Bled.
You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!
Arrive in Bled and settle in to the hotel. We’ll meet in the evening to discuss the weeks plan, do a full kit-check, and we’ll also prepare a short presentation on the skiing area.
Day 1 – 6:
According to the snow conditions, your wishes and capabilities, we will choose every day based on these criteria. Classic destinations such as Pokljuka and the Komna area, valley of Tamar, Vršič mountain pass, Western Julian Alps, Kredarica, Karavanke mountain range, etc, will be on the program, with the main objective always to find the best snow in the area for you.
Good fitness will make it more fun and you’ll get more out of your week! Although we will tailor the course
to your ability, we definitely recommend getting as fit as possible before you start. The process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal – and having a goal will help you focus on your training. Ski mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this. Probably the best training is going for a long hill walk or cycle as this simulates the real thing as closely as possible and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather requires mental strength!).
However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so alternatives such as jogging, cycling and gym workouts are just as good. The focus should be on training Cardiovascular Endurance for long days in the mountains. For cardio cycling, running and rowing machines are much better than weight training, which you should try and exercise for up to a couple of
hours at a time, 4 times a week. Also yoga, swimming and Pilates help with core stability and balance, with squats and cycling a good way to strengthen your legs. Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury. Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times – this really helps with keeping the motivation up and preparing for the ski tour. If you are not used to training then your local gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals. Remember training does not work overnight and the fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have been doing it for years. Consider training for a good couple of months before coming out to the Alps.
1. Skis with ski touring bindings. Your skis should be a minimum of 90mm underfoot and should be off-piste specific.
2. Ski poles
3. Skins and ski crampons
4. Ski boots and boot crampons – these must fit and be comfortable as we will spend time ascending throughout the week.
5. Ski Helmet
6. Rucksack – 30-40l. with ski straps
7. Avalanche Kit. Transceiver, probe, shovel, harness with 1 screw gate karabiner(can be rented in Chamonix)
8. Sun Protection. Sunglasses, goggles, sunhat, sunscreen, lip salve/block
9. Clothing. 3 sets socks and light coloured thermal tops
10. Clothing cont. Lightweight Gore-Tex top/bottoms, warm hat, thick gloves, thin gloves
11. Insulating layers.
12. Personal first aid – blister kit, ibuprofen.
13. Cash for additional hot drinks / snacks on the mountain
14. Water bottle (minimum 1l)
Remember: Kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it. You can rent most of the above on arrival.
To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.
We take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, and we ask for the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course start date.
We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.
Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.
Getting to Chamonix
It is best to book flights and airport transfers well in advance of your departure.
Easyjet have many cheap flights to Geneva from all over the UK. Swiss Air have cheap and convenient flights from London to Geneva.
Booking a place on a minibus airport transfer service is by far the best way to get from Geneva airport to Chamonix (it takes about an hour or so, is cost effective and is a door to door service). We can book your airport transfers at a competitive rate – just email us with your flight details…
There are several cash points in Chamonix and Maestro/visa/mastercard are all readily accepted.
How big will the group be?
Our ski courses will be no more than 6 people per guide. If the group is larger than 6, there will be a second guide and we will have the ability to split the group if necessary.
Is it possible to book individually rather than a group?
Yes. We run our courses with a minimum of 4 people. You can either book individually into a group or you can book as a group and fill the spaces yourself.
What equipment will I need?
Please read the kit list above.
When is the best time?
Good backcountry conditions are generally from January until early April in Slovenia. In January and February we tend to have more frequent snow falls and March and April provide excellent spring skiing conditions.
Do I need insurance?
Yes. You will need to take out a comprehensive backcountry skiing package to cover yourself for your trip.
What’s the weather like?
The weather in Slovenia is always changeable, but generally we are confident to say that January and February will be snow-filled and cold with temperatures hitting -15 on occasion. Fast forward to March and April and the weather is generally sunnier and we experience warmer temperatures around the 0 mark.
How do you match up people on the course?
It is very important for you to let us know your previous experience and ski ability level before booking with us. Then we are able to match you up to suitable groups with similar abilities to make sure you get the most out of your trip.
What will we do if the weather is bad?
Bled is perfectly situated amongst many different ski areas. This gives us ultimate flexibility to find the best conditions in the area if the weather is bad in places.
Why choose Adventure Base?
3 reasons to choose Adventure Base for all your mountain adventures.
1. Safety means success – We have been guiding clients in the backcountry for over 8 years with a very high safety rate. To date we have had no major incidents or injuries. This is due to us taking great care in assessing the current snow conditions, and educating our clients on mountain safety.
2. Fun times – We believe in fun times. Skiing in the backcountry can be a serious challenge. But who says it can’t be fun too? Our guides are full of energy, knowledge, fun facts and big smiles. They help create lasting memories.
3. Word of Mouth – Over 70% of new clients have been recommended to us by a friend or colleague. We don’t spend big on marketing campaigns, we stay true to our product, we pay attention to every detail and then let you do the talking.