Skiing and winter sports
Slovenia is a country with a long tradition of skiing and a large number of winter sports centres and ski resorts.
The country actually has one of the longest traditions of skiing in Europe. The first mention of skiers in Slovenia dates back to 1698, the year of the release of the famous chronicle The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola by Janez Vajkard Valvasor, which describes skiers on the Bloke plateau. The chronicle also includes the first ever mention of a ski turning technique.
Slovenian Alpine and other ski resorts are well known for their well groomed ski terrains and easy accessibility from urban centres. The nearest to Ljubljana is Krvavec, which boasts 26 kilometres of ski runs. The Velika Planina ski resort and its nearby Terme Snovik thermal spa offer a combination of winter sports and wellness. Other popular ski resorts, such as Kranjska Gora, Vogel and Kanin, are not far away from Ljubljana either.