For those who think it is not likely to ski in a Mediterranen country Croatia has a surprise 🙂 Because, it is possible to ski in Croatia! In the hinterland of Rijeka one will find the snowy area of Platak, and further away the Croatian Olympic centre of Bjelolasica at a height of 620 m.
In the vicinity of the metropolis, skiing is offered on the slopes of Medvednica on the recently renovated new pistes that have the highest peak of Sljeme. Since 2005, it has been even better looked after due to the famous international Snow Queen Trophy competition which got its name from our globally famous skiing queen, Janica Kostelić.
No one would argue that you should make Croatia your primary ski destination in Europe. It ain’t the Alps, that’s for sure. Still, if you’re a skier and going to Croatia anyway, you’ll find the slopes easy to deal with and dirt cheap compared with other European resorts.
Mount Sljeme, just outside Zagreb is the most conveniently located ski resort. Located on the northern slopes of Medvednica mountain, one of Croatia’s nature parks, Sljeme offers four ski runs, two ski-lifts and a triple chair lift. The runs offer skiing at nearly all levels: the White Run, Red Run, Green Run, Blue Run and Tree Run. Usually there’s snow for about three months a year and the resort is easy to reach by tram and bus from Zagreb centre.
Another option is the Croatian Olympic Center at Bjelolasica near Karlovac and easily reachable by car, bus or train from Zagreb. It’s Croatia’s largest ski resort and also offers snow boarding, cross-country skiing and ski lessons. It’s not quite as snowy there however. The resort may have to resort to artificial snow.
And then there’s Platak, 26km northeast of Rijeka which has seven ski runs and 10km of cross-country trails plus there’s usually snow on the slopes until May. And you get a view of the sea from the top! A flurry of investment has modernised the equipment and facilities.
The recently reopened Petehovac Mountain Lodge near Delnice opens onto a ski run of 410 meters with a vertical drop of 51 meters. The 26-bed lodge offers mountain views from every room.