Winter doesn´t seem to feel like coming so soon to the Slovak mountains. The sky has obviously decided to be more patient this time. “We managed to turn on our snowmaking systems on 11th November for a while but it was useless. It´s too warm so we will have to wait longer to enjoy the first skiing fun in Jasná,” said Jana Kňavová, the brand manager of the Jasná resort.
The resort plans to welcome the winter in a traditional way, though, at the popular Winter Jasná Opening on 30th November. “Who knows, winter might finally understand how we miss it and become more generous to skiers,” added Jana Kňavová with a smile on her face.
Štrbské Pleso faces the same situation. Temperatures on top of Mt Solisko reach minus 1, which is not enough to make snow. If we compare it with the previous year, we will remember that snow guns were blowing snow in the Tatras already in the second week of November. Once the temperatures fall below zero, the resorts will do their best to launch the ski season as soon as possible.
While we are still dreaming about winter in Slovakia, Austrians are having a quite hard time. The latest snow calamity has even paralysed the traffic. After heavy snowfall, more kilometres of ski pistes are being opened in the Mölltaler Gletscher. “Our snowmaking systems were turned off last week because nature was obviously serious about the arrival of winter. About 150 cm of new snow has fallen on average. The grooming process begun once the weather got better. We are opening the following cable cars and lifts: Gletscher Express, Eisseebahn, Gletscher Jet, Panoramabahn Klühspies, Schlepplift Stübele, ski pistes no. 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and the training area for beginners at the interchange station,” said Max Gottfried, the resort general manager.
Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. (TMR) is the leader in tourism in Central and Eastern Europe; it owns or leases and operates attractive mountain resorts, amusement parks, golf resorts, restaurant facilities, sports services, stores and hotels. In the Low Tatras, Slovakia TMR owns and operates the resort Jasná Nízke Tatry and hotels Hotel Grand Jasná, Boutique Hotel Tri Studničky, Chalets Jasná De Luxe, Hotel Srdiečko, Hotel Pošta and Hotel Rotunda. TMR is also the owner of Aquapark Tatralandia, the largest Slovak water park with year-round operation, which besides water entertainment includes Tropical Paradise, a special tropical indoor hall with sea water, as well as Fun Park, and accommodation in bungalows and suites of Holiday Village Tatralandia. In Slovakia’s High Tatras TMR owns and operates the resort Vysoké Tatry with mountain areas of Tatranská Lomnica, Starý Smokovec, and Štrbské Pleso, which TMR co-manages. In the High Tatras TMR also owns hotels Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica, Grandhotel Starý Smokovec, Hotel FIS Štrbské Pleso and A night on Mt. Lomnický štít. In Austria the Group owns and operates the alpine glacier resort, Mölltaler Gletscher, and its sister resort, Ankogel Mallnitz. In Czechia TMR also owns a minority share in Melida, a.s., which leases and operates the Špindlerův Mlýn resort. TMR also leases and operates the ski resort Ještěd, Golf & Ski Resort Ostravice and leases Kaskáda Golf Rezort Brno, where it runs a hotel, a restaurant and a conference centre. In Poland TMR owns and operates Szczyrk Mountain Resort and Legendia – Silesian Amusement Park (Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko). Real estate projects are mostly focused on development, construction, and selling of apartments and non-residential premises and on hotel lease in the TMR resorts. By the end of 2018 around EUR 350 mil. had been invested into development and modernisation of TMR’s resorts. TMR shares are traded on three European stock exchanges – in Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw.