Skiing, which has a long tradition, is deeply embedded in Slovenian culture. In the 17th century, people living on the Bloke plateau developed a special technique for moving skiing on snow using smeče, special skis. There are several dozen fully maintained ski centres stretched out across the corner of the Alps that extends into Slovenia. Each in its own way offers a full dose of winter enjoyment. Artificial snow machines ensure fun in the snow even during milder winters. The main advantage of Slovenia’s ski centres is that almost all of them feature direct access to and from the lowlands. This easy access and the proximity of urban centres are enhanced by modern cable lift facilities. And the features that distinguish almost all of Slovenia’s ski centres are their small size and diverse terrain.
World cup races are traditionally organised in Kranjska Gora and Maribor Pohorje. Other popular ski centres include Krvavec near Ljubljana and Kranj, Rogla in Zreško Pohorje, Vogel above Lake Bohinj and Cerkno, the most modern family ski centre. Kanin above Bovec is the highest ski centre in Slovenia and the only one where you can also ski to neighbouring Italy. Planica is also important for Slovenian skiing, every year hosting the longest ski jump in the world.