Chronicles on the Road: Mariborsko Pohorje (Day 1)

We are in Mariborsko Pohorje, Slovenia, on our first road trip of 2016! It is also the first time we’ve visited this country for Eastern Chronicles, and we’re very excited about it. Here are some impressions from our first day at the largest ski resort in Slovenia:

Mariborsko Pohorje is Slovenia’s pride and joy in terms of winter sports. We’ve been here for just a few hours and have already managed to find some interesting slopes to satisfy my inner skier. Let’s make a few things clear: my inner skier is a rather rusty beginner, so the slopes were easy enough to get me back on track. So easy, in fact, that I didn’t even feel the need to tag along with the lines of kids at their first lessons. All is well. The snow is just fine: a bit of ice, but nothing bad. The lifts were great, and, I’d say, pretty diverse (although we didn’t use the tele-ski — that thing was way too slow).

Sadly, however, we had to say an early goodbye to the slopes today because Slovenian weather is apparently not our friend — the fog and rain bummed us out. And although we heard that the longest night-skiing slope in Slovenia is right here, and we were genuinely hoping the weather would allow for some nocturnal whooshing later, we will simply have to reschedule. — Alexandra Dragos

Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort

The place we’re staying at, Green Village Rusevec, is a pleasant surprise for sure. It is only a couple of kilometres away from the top of Maribor Pohorje Ski Resort, which also makes it very practical. Alex D. and I spent this morning on the slopes, which was great! (Too bad the weather didn’t hold up in the afternoon as well.) The snow was good enough, although the runs could have been a bit longer. But for a beginner snowboarder like me, the slopes were just about right as far as difficulty (yes, including the red ones). Overall, it wasn’t a bad first day at all. Looking forward to some more snow in the days to come. — Stefan Szakal

Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort

I’ve never put my feet on skis or a snowboard before, and I’m not a fan of winter sports. Even so, I love winter, and I enjoy going to the mountains. Who doesn’t, right? Apart from the fact that it’s my first time in Slovenia and everything’s been pretty awesome so far, Mariborsko Pohorje was still a big surprise to me. I spent today at the après ski and then took a ride on the gondola lift. The views were wonderful from up there, and I believe it would have been even nicer but for the fog and rain. We’re staying here until Sunday, so I’m confident we’ll get some fair weather too. — Alexandra Palconi

Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort

Photo credit: Flavius Neamciuc

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