Slovenia is roughly the size of East Anglia – a lot less flat of course, and more like Switzerland in its contours. It has a share of the Alps (The Julian Alps in particular) and is the most forested country in mainland Europe. The curiously named Bloke Karst plateau was the setting for some of the first-documented downhill skiing in central Europe - as early as the 17th century when they pioneered a primitive ability to steer their skis. “They have swerved like snakes at an incredible speed to avoid obstacles,” wrote Janez Vajkard Valvasor in 1689. Slovenia has as many as 50 ski areas, but only one – Kranjska Gora – has an international reputation, all are small-to-medium resorts, and – given the size of the country - inevitably not far from one another.
Kranjska Gora (2660 ft), an attractive little town in the Zgornjesavska Valley, has a good variety of skiing, with slopes for all levels, including World Cup runs at Podkoren renowned for big international competitions in slalom, while the gentle slopes are a paradise for beginners and less-accomplished skiers. In Kranjska Gora, there is always something happening.
Slovenia’s cuisine tends to be quite a nice blend of Italian and Austrian: local specialities in mountain restaurants include wild boar goulash. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend some time in Ljubljana, the relatively tiny but beautiful capital. The city is dotted with Baroque and medieval buildings, ancient monuments (including the ruins of the old Roman city walls) and various historic buildings, old churches, bridges across the river Ljubljanica - all overlooked by the ramparts of a huge ancient castle on the hill-top above the city. The “Dragon Bridge” is guarded by four dragons – the symbol of the city. There are numerous good bars, pubs and very reasonably priced restaurants. Tours of the city are available throughout the year.