“I am looking forward to the race very much. Last year I enjoyed a great atmosphere at the Slovak Championships in Jasná and hope my family and friends will be supporting me again and the race will be cool. The biggest expectation for me is the renewed snow park where I can train while working. The spectators will really love it, I am sure. My friends from Poland Szczepan Karpiel and Zuza Witych promised to come as well. After the Slovak Cup, I am attending the Czech Cup in Deštné, Big Air in Kremnica, the World Cup in Pyongyang, South Korea; and also the European Cup in Seiser Alm, Italy,“ said Natália Šlepecká, a top-class Slovak freestyle skier and national team member.
The “open“ race type enables anybody to take part in the “slopestyle” discipline of the Slovak Cup who is interested. There are categories of men, women and juniors (14 – 18 years). “The course will contain several obstacles (rails) as well as jumps where the riders can present their top skills. Time is not important, the evaluation focuses more on the difficulty of the tricks, the style of riding, the variety of styles, landing and the overall ride. As for the qualification, every rider has two rides to make. Then top eight men, five women and five juniors qualify for the finals. A professional jury will be judging which of the two rides of individual racers is better and decides about the winners of the race. All participants will be competing to win prize money from the Slovak Ski Association in the total amount of 1,700 Euro. Only registered riders can become Slovak Cup winners. For more information, please click HERE,“ added Petra Jurečková, who is responsible for PR projects.
Freeskiing i.e. freestyle skiing or newschool skiing is a rather new skiing discipline which falls into the Section of Freestyle Skiing of the Slovak Ski Association. It consists of the following categories: slopestyle, freeride, big-air and half-pipe. The Slovak national team currently has 6 sportsmen including two women. The slopestyle category was officially introduced at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, where our country was represented by Zuzana Stromková and the above mentioned Natália Šlepecká.
Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. (TMR) is the leader in tourism in Central and Eastern Europe; it owns and operates attractive mountain resorts and hotels. In the Low Tatras TMR owns and operates the resort Jasná Nízke Tatry and hotels Wellness hotel Grand Jasná, Boutique Hotel Tri Studničky, Chalets Jasná De Luxe, Hotel Srdiečko, and Hotel Rotunda. TMR is also the owner of Aquapark Tatralandia, the largest Slovak aquapark 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 apartments of Holiday Village Tatralandia. In the 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, and Hotel FIS Štrbské Pleso. TMR also owns a 19% share in Melida, a.s., which leases and operates the resort Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic. In Poland TMR owns a 97% share in the mountain resort Szczyrkowski Ośrodek Narciarski S.A. (SON) and a 75% share in a company that owns and operates Silesian Amusement Park (Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko). TMR also owns and leases hotels Slovakia, Kosodrevina, Liptov and Ski&Fun Záhradky a Bungalovy to third parties. By the end of 2014 nearly EUR 200 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.