Slovenia is a country in the Julian Alps in the basins of the Sava and Drava rivers. The highest point of the country is Triglav (2863 m). This mountain has three peaks and is the symbol of Slovenia. Mountain hiking, mountain climbing, and Alpine skiing became national sports here. In ski history Slovenia is especially proud of two achievements. First, historical documents testify that long narrow boards with turned up noses which can be used for downhilling were invented simultaneously in Skandinavia and Lower Carniola, the south-east region of Slovenia. Second, in 1935 ski jumper Sepp Bradle first exceeded 100 m. This record was set in Planica, the largest world’s jumping board.
Every year in March international ski jumping competitions are held in Planica. In Kranjska Gora and Maribor sport centers men’s and women’s Alpine skiing Word Cup competitions are held.
Kranjska Gora and Mariborske Pohorje are well-developed resorts especially popular among skiers. Less known but not less attractive are Vogel (1922 m, near Bohin), Krvavec in the Stone Alps (1853 m, near Kran), Golte near Mozirje village, Strazha and Zatrnik peaks. Slovenian Alpine skiing is promoted by the high quality sport equipment that is manufactured by Elan factory in Begunje town (Upper Carniola) since 1945.
Slovenia boasts ski resorts with a full range of services and superb ski conditions. Vigorous resortlife and plenty of non-ski activities are among the main features of the Slovenian ski centers.