A higher love

Re­bekka O’grady may have just stum­bled upon ski­ing’s best kept se­cret, up in the Slo­vakian moun­tains

Cheshire Life - - Travel -

When you first glimpse the High Ta­tra moun­tain range, you can’t help but be in awe. These tow­er­ing snowy peaks are straight out of a paint­ing – but what was more as­tound­ing was, I would be ski­ing on them!

My part­ner, JP and I had trav­elled to Slo­vakia for our first taste of ski­ing, cour­tesy of Moun­tain Par­adise, an Al­trin­cham travel spe­cial­ist that op­er­ates to the Ta­tra Moun­tains. From book­ing our flights from Manch­ester to Krakow, or­gan­is­ing the trans­fer from Poland to Slo­vakia, to check­ing us into our four star ho­tel, the Grand Ho­tel Praha, we didn’t have to worry about any­thing.

We were stay­ing in the ski­ing re­sort of Ta­tran­ská Lom­nica, at the foot of Mt. Lom­nický Štít. The ho­tel, built in art nou­veau style in 1905, is po­si­tioned at the al­ti­tude of 908 me­tres, and our bed­room had stun­ning views across the pic­ture-per­fect land­scape. When we thought that couldn’t be beaten, we vis­ited the ho­tel’s spa, com­plete with a heated out­door in­fin­ity pool, and we gazed out onto the snowy vista while en­joy­ing a glass of pros­ecco.

Af­ter a su­perb din­ner and break­fast the fol­low­ing morn­ing, we strapped on the ski­ing boots that had been fit­ted on our ar­rival and pre­pared for our first ski­ing les­son. Moun­tain Par­adise ar­ranged ski passes for our stay and for us to have two lessons with Du­san, a highly qual­i­fied skier who has trav­elled the world. As part of their pack­ages, they can ar­range lessons with the lo­cal ski school, with no more than eight peo­ple per class.

We had Du­san all to our­selves – just as well con­sid­er­ing my first at­tempt on the slopes saw me trav­el­ling at a snail’s pace. But with Du­san’s guid­ance (and in­cred­i­ble pa­tience), my con­fi­dence im­proved and I was soon nav­i­gat­ing a small sec­tion of the moun­tain un­aided. Feel­ing suit­ably smug, we cel­e­brated with an ice-cold beer at one of the après

ski bars at the bot­tom of the slopes. On av­er­age you pay no more than 3€ for half a litre of beer in the re­sort – which in com­par­i­son to other ski re­sorts around the world, is fairly good. Along­side the rea­son­able price of food and drink, we were never kept wait­ing for the ski lifts or queu­ing at the bar. We had time to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence, with­out feel­ing rushed or overly touristy. It’s an ideal place for peo­ple like us, just try­ing ski­ing for the first time, fam­i­lies or those more ex­pe­ri­enced who want more space on the slopes to show off!

Af­ter each day of ski­ing we re­turned to the ho­tel, which has just been re­cently re­fur­bished, to ease our aching mus­cles in the spa be­fore din­ing. As half board guests, it was lovely to en­joy lunch at var­i­ous eater­ies around the re­sort, but we also en­joyed the con­ve­nience of get­ting ready in our room and sim­ply go­ing down­stairs for a drink and a game of chess be­fore our three course meal at the restau­rant.

Sadly our time in snowy Slo­vakia had to end. Hang­ing up our ski boots, we said good­bye to the slopes and be­gan the jour­ney back to Krakow for the flight home. As we passed through the moun­tain range into Poland, one thing we both agreed on was that ski­ing in Ta­tran­ská Lom­nica seemed like a dream – one that we didn’t want to wake up from.

“From the ho­tel spa we gazed out onto the snowy vista while en­joy­ing a glass of pros­ecco”

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