Since the previous weekend, skiers who couldn´t wait to start skiing can enjoy ski slopes with man-made snow only. However, the winter is knocking on the door and resorts expect heavy snowfall very soon. Štrbské Pleso is proud of 40 centimetres of man-made snow and good conditions for skiing on the Interski slope. Snowmaking machines work hard on slopes of Esíčko and Furkota. In the resort of Jasná, there are slopes on both sides of Mt. Chopok that are already open: Biela Púť, Slnečná, Hotelová and Krupová. For more information please visit: http://www.jasna.sk/lanovky-a-zjazdovky/ and http://www.vt.sk/hory-a-dovolenka/novinky/29112013-otvorili-sme-novu-lyziarsku-sezonu/. The resort of Tatranská Lomnica will open its ski gates on 6th December. Snow is being made on ski slopes of Buková hora I., Buková hora západ and Grand slnečná.
A symbolic winter opening that took place on top of Mt. Chopok on Friday 29th November united two significant regions of Slovakia. Representatives of the regions of Liptov and Horehronie, clergymen and representatives of Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. (TMR) lit the highest located Christmas tree (2,004 m) in the iconic Rotunda restaurant. The first skiing in Slovakia started officially in the resort of Štrbské Pleso as low temperatures had enabled to make snow on the Interski slope within a short period of time. There were popular Slovak tennis players who helped to open the ski season: coach Marián Vajda, Ján Krošlák, Miloš Mečíř and his son, Michal Mertiňák, Filip Polášek, Branislav Stankovič and others. It was not only the first skiing but also entertainment and fun that attracted visitors to come to the resort of Jasná Low Tatras on Saturday. A 3-round sports race on the slope was opened by Michaela Ochotská, a TV presenter. The best of 101 participants won a 100-day rental of a luxurious car and was given the car keys by Erika Barkolová, another popular TV presenter. Launching of a new conference centre for 350 people with a unique view of Mt. Chopok was a big event on Saturday. Jan Kraus, a famous Czech TV presenter, the main star of the launching ceremony wished people would come to Jasná not only for conferences but because of the mountains too. “Jan Kraus makes guests in his show speechless and the same applies to our new conference centre with breathtaking views, which make conference speakers speechless too,“ said Michal Krolák, director of TMR hotel segment. The launching ceremony had a rather non-traditional location and atmosphere – on the roof of the conference centre, where a special coffee break was served and Jan Kraus was welcomed by the famous Tatra guy and real sheep. The brand new conference centre hosted TV shooting of two live shows of Jan Kraus and his guests. There was super model Michaela Kocianová, sports commentator Karol Polák, actors Pavel Líška, Gabriela Marcinková, Lukáš Latinák and Martin Durnek with Oliver – a rescue pig. Last weekend, the resort of Jasná was not only a centre of skiing but also a centre of entertainment with Majk Spirit, Tina, Celeste Buckingham and other special guests in the Happy End club.
Very soon, skiers will focus their attention on the High Tatras as slopes in the resort of Tatranská Lomnica are about to be opened in a few days. And a new 15-person cable car will start to operate between mid-station Štart and Skalnaté Pleso (1,751 m above sea level) on 15th December.
Photos of the first skiing in the resort of Štrbské Pleso on: http://www.uschovna.cz/zasilka/QIZ7974H4NFXPY75-8FB (Made by: TMR/Marek Hajkovský).
Photos of the symbolic winter opening on top of Mt. Chopok – the highest located Christmas tree on: http://www.uschovna.cz/zasilka/QIDPAKNY52B497E9-75S (Made by: TMR/Peter Kováč).
Photos of tennis players during the first skiing in the resort of Štrbské Pleso on: http://ulozto.sk/xmH489tg/resampled-zip (password: tmr, made by: TMR/Marek Hajkovský).
Photos of the sports race on the slope on: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/krznjhdf9g7wlhq/VEqzCr_qRm/Sobota/full%20size (Made by: TMR/Peter Kováč).
Photos of the conference centre launching ceremony in the Wellness hotel Grand Jasná and the main well-wisher Jan Kraus on: http://www.uschovna.cz/zasilka/QI7BAF3H5B2LTZTM-XKY (Made by: TMR/Marek Hajkovský).
VIDEO of the conference centre launching ceremony on: https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/fd46c1647969ad5fcd1de3312965b4fd20131202133306/118ed4c470c4de86194a77f3f98f4a6120131202133306/48bdc1 (Made by: TMR)
Photos of the Happy End music club in Jasná on: http://www.uschovna.cz/zasilka/QIGDYCTJDT4WYAT6-W6D (Made by: TMR/Marek Hajkovský).
Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. is a top subject in the field of tourism in Central and Eastern Europe, which itself or via subsidiaries owns and operates attractive ski resorts and hotels in the area of the Low and High Tatras. These include the resort Jasná Low Tatras and the following hotels: Wellness hotel Grand Jasná, Tri studničky and Chalets Záhradky De Luxe. In the High Tatras, TMR owns and operates resorts Tatranská Lomnica, Starý Smokovec and the following hotels: Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica, Grandhotel Starý Smokovec and hotel FIS Štrbské Pleso. TMR also co‐operates the resort Štrbské Pleso and since the winter season 2012/2013 it has been leasing the mountain resort Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic in cooperation with SMMR, a.s.. TMR owns Tatralandia, the largest Slovak aquapark with all-year operation, which offers a lot of water and other entertainment in the Fun Park relax or in a special tropical hall with sea water. It also offers accommodation in bungalows and suites of the Holiday Village Tatralandia. TMR also owns and rents hotels Kosodrevina, Liptov and Ski&Fun Záhradky and Bungalows. More than 190 million Euros will have been invested by the end of 2013 in the above mentioned resorts, which helps increase the standard and visitor turnout in the Tatras. The TMR shares have been traded on three European stock exchanges – in Bratislava, Prague and Warsaw since 2012.