SK: Skialpinism in the Mountains of Slovakia
Skialpinism has becoming increasingly popular. Hence we became interested in a relatively new book which contains a selection of the best skialpine rides in the mountains of Slovakia.
The Selection of Ski- and Skialpine Treks is a bookguide about an adrenaline sport in its pure form. An alpineskier doesn't visit classical ski resorts, he rather experiences strenous climbs and joy of amazing rides on fresh snow on steep slopes. Moreover, such a sportsmen or sportswomen must know when there is an avalanche danger or upcoming bad weather for he or she is responsible only for himself or herself in the mountains. A bad decision may have fatal consequences.
The book offers the selection of the most popular and beautiful treks which may or may not be difficult regardless restrictions posed by rules of protection of nature. Some treks in the book go against nature protection rules still these treks exist in reality.
It wouldn't be responsible and would even be bit hypocritical if the author and the publisher had concealed ski and skialpine treks from the reader who might seen the track in the terrain. The treks which are not in line with present nature protection rules are labeled with the "!". Therefore, it is up to the reader to check present restrictions from a nature protection agency.
There is much valuable information stored in the book. It documents 80 skialpine treks in the High, Western, and Low Tatras as well as the High Fatra. It contains 69 photographs, and added waypoints pose a new feature which makes crossing the terrain easier especially in severe weather conditions.
The third edition is linked to the online Reader's Zone. Once you enter a code which is put in every book every reader can view coordinates on a map. This allows him to see pictures featured in the book in great detail. Moreover, GPS coordinates are updated and there is an e-shop selling related products.
The book's goal is to inform that skialpinism doesn't harm mountain nature. Skialpinists treat nature with care which is also defined in the rules of skialpinism.
You may order the skialpinist's bookguide either here here or simply win it!
Just send us the names of at least three Slovakian mountains to 4gsyQOQa9~Bq2~6_Tlx until January 21. The winner shall be announced on our social media.
Source and photos: HIK, o.z.
Edited by: staff
In the second part of our series of articles on safety in the mountains we will deal with little Alps High Tatra, which are characteristic of their unique alpine mountains in Slovakia. Their articulation and slope are among the most dangerous pitfalls that ordinary visitors must overcome not only in winter.
The winter in the Tatras is in full swing and we would like to present you a very interesting publication that captures the complete crossing of the ridge of the High Tatras in winter conditions. And without leaving out heavy climbing peaks or entire ridge sections (in 1974).
There is something about making winter treks. Harsh, icy beauty of nature in winter tempts many people to set out to nature. We can make some more difficult trips even in Slovakian mountains, concretely in the Low Tatras, Western Tatras, and High Tatras. Placlivy mountain in the Western Tatras, is a locality accessible to tourist even during the winter season.
One beautiful day we came into conclusion to climb one of the Tatranian shields. Therefore, we travelled to Strbske Pleso lake and from there we set off for the Salisko summit.
The Western Tatras are a magical mountain range that offers many outdoor activities to lovers of outdoor activities. Hiking and more and more popular skialpinist tours can only be done in certain areas of the mountain range. An interesting locality that can be visited in winter is the Holy Hill.
We invite you today again to the High Tatras, this time to visit Bilík’s Cottage that is popular among families with children or less physically capable tourists. The cottage is easily accessible and the pathway leading there is also easy.
There are many cottages hiding in the High Tatras. Together we will explore its youngest cottage that for decades guards Štrbské pleso and surrounding mountains.
The Western Tatras is very popular and frequented mountain range. Treks here, the main ridge especially, are amazing and people who go there long remember it. Ostry Rohac is perhaps the most attractive and most well known peak in this area. Many tourists hike across it every year.
Like the High Tatra West Tatra is also popular area. You can have some remarkable outdoor experience there. Both mountains seems to be one whole. However, unlike the High Tatra, West Tatra are lower. Its mountains are more covered of grass. Barance mountain (2 185 m) is a popular locality by tourists. This mountain is situated in the south of this mountain ridge.
In previous parts of our series, we focused mainly alpine mountains. Today we focus on the mountains nearly 1000 m lower. We will talk about Small and Big Fatra. This height difference is reflected in the character of the climate of the mountains and therefore also on slightly different of risk of movement in this area.
If you are among those who love nature, enthusiastic tourist, or winter sports lover, or mountain biking enthusiasts then you know that hills covered with woods, alpine meadows, and great ski slopes are the things that the Mala Fatra offers. And last but not least there are magnificent panoramas.
Although winter for us this year is very generous in terms of snow, completely free of snow, we're just left. Although not all ski resorts have sufficient snowy, winter sports enthusiasts will certainly come into their own, mainly thanks to artificial snow.
Tourism is great in winter as well. And this was our motto for our trip to the Mala Fatra Mountains and its peak Velky Rozsutec, the dominant sight of the mountain range.
Last week we climbed Velky Rozsutec and intentionally walked around Janosik’s Holes (Janosikove Diery). This phenomena is so beautiful and unique we must devote one entire article to describe them. So today we see the most popular and most well-known tourist attraction in the Mala Fatra National Park.
The Mala Fatra mountains, north Slovakia, is a popular destination for holidaymakers. The Mala Fatra is mostly covered by dense forests, the highest mountains of this range are bare. Mincol is a well-known mountain of the Mala Fatra. The mountain is inseparable from the Lucanska part of the range.
Today we visit the third most highly located mountain cottage in Slovakia – Stone Cottage Below Chook. Many people who love our mountains know it just as Kamienka.
One never gets bored in the Low Tatras. From spring to fall, tourists that like short or long trips in beautiful Tatranian nature go there. In winter, there are myriads of skiers and snowboarders, that just love ski slopes in the Low Tatras. Today, we take you to a place you should visit regardless the season.
Join us for a easy tour around beautiful Vrbicke pleso. From there you will experience interesting view of the Low Tatras.
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