Jasna Ski Area Snowboarding
The 2nd most popular snowboarding destination in Slovakia.
Friday 15 July 2016 06:05 GMT
Northeast of Bratislava near Liptovsky Mikulas in the Demanovska Valley, the Ski Jasna ski area (aka Chopok) has 29 runs served by 25 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 1,074m. The ski area is on the slopes of Chopok Peak located in the Low Tatras National Park, and is the most challenging and largest ski area in Slovakia. The ski area is spread across both the northern slopes of Chopok and the southern slopes of Chopok. On the north side, there are three areas: Zahradky, with 6 lifts; Otupne, with 4 lifts; and Chopok-North, with 13 runs and 4 lifts. On the south side, there are 5 runs and 6 lifts that are popular for early spring usage. Overall, there are 2 terrain parks worth checking out.
The resort is known for its three in-bounds off-piste freeride zones. There is no lift access and each requires between 10 minutes to up to 2 hours of hiking. However, the chutes and freshies are worth it. Make sure to do the 30 minute hike from the top of the Rovna Hola / Konsky Grun chairlift over to the southern sister ski area, Jasna Juh, and stop at Chopok summit cafe/hostel.
For some nightlife, check out Route 66 Club in Liptovsky Mikulas.
To reach the snowboarding at ski area, fly into Bratislava. Take the train to Liptovsky Mikulas. Then, take the bus from Liptovsky Mikulas to Jasna, which is about 20km. If you are planning to drive, the resort is about 45 minutes from the town of Poprad.
Overall, Jasna Ski Area is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 8 snowboarding resorts in Slovakia.