The slopes of Slo­vakia

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In my search for snow and a spot of ski­ing, I found my­self at the Jasná ski re­sort in the Low Ta­tras. The air was im­bued with the scent of sweet pine and an ice lake shim­mered nearby. Even if you don’t ski, it’s well worth the trip up the ski lift to have lunch in the sky or warm up with a triple-thick choco­late drink. De­li­cious bryn­d­zové halušky (a Slo­vakian meal made with goat’s cheese and pork) warms the tummy and Ko­fola (a ver­sion of Coca-Cola) gives a well-needed sugar rush to re­ju­ve­nate en­ergy lev­els. Be­sides the slopes, there are ice caves to visit and medieval cas­tles to ex­plore. On a quiet evening you may find your­self won­der­ing where ev­ery­one is. But then you dis­cover the ther­mal pool – ev­ery­one is in the hot wa­ter, sooth­ing their mus­cles af­ter a day on the slopes. Many peo­ple rule out ski­ing as a hol­i­day op­tion due to the per­cep­tion that it is an ‘elite’ sport that re­quires a lot of money. But I dis­cov­ered it can be done! Slo­vakia may not be the first place that comes to mind for ski­ing and snow­board­ing, but for the price, the beauty, the cul­ture and good-qual­ity pistes, it is worth ex­plor­ing. – Sim­cha van Bel-Du Plooy, Cape Town

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