Jasna Ski Area Snowboarding
The 2nd most popular snowboarding destination in Slovakia.
Monday 26 November 2018 06:05 GMT
Northeast of Bratislava near Liptovsky Mikulas in the Demanovska Valley, the Ski Jasna ski area has 29 runs served by 25 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 1,074m. It is the most challenging and largest ski area in Slovakia. Located on slopes of Chopok Peak located in Low Tatras National Park, the snowboarding at Jasna is spread across both the northern and southern slopes of Chopok peak. 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. The upper-third of the peak is above the treeline and the lower two thirds are in forested glades.
Snowboarders at Jasna ski area will be glad to find two terrain parks. There are beginner to pro-level kicker lines along with plenty of rails to test freestyler moves. The DC Snowpark is actually the largest terrain park in the region.
The resort is also 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.
After a long day of snowboarding at Jasna, you can find some apres ski action over at the Happy End Bar. For some nightlife, the best bet is to drive the 15 minutes over to the Route 66 Club in Liptovsky Mikulas.
To reach the 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.