Jasná Ski Area

17/10/2018 - SnowTrex

The Jasná ski area has a total of 44 km of piste ready to be explored, filled with deep snow and located on the slopes of the local mountain of Chopok in the Low Tatras National Park. It invites alpine skiers, freeriding enthusiasts and cross-country fans to enjoy unforgettable winter sport days on well-groomed pistes in Slovakia’s largest ski area, at altitudes of over 2,000 metres above sea level.

Beautiful Tatra panorama and gondola.

1) General information about the Jasná ski area

  • Slovakia’s largest ski area
  • 44 km of piste and 32 lifts
  • Attractively located in the Low Tatras National Park
  • Regular host of freeriding championships

The Jasná ski area is located in the picturesque Demänovská valley, on the slopes of the Chopok mountain (2,024 m). Only surpassed Dumbier (2,043 m), Chopok is the second highest peak in the Low Tatras National Park, a mountain range in the middle of Slovakia stretching approx. 80 km.

The Jasná ski centre has long been an insider tip among freeriding enthusiasts, who can indulge in their favourite off-piste pastime in five designated deep-snow zones on the slopes of Chopok. The idyllic ski area with its versatile pistes is also popular among families and winter tourists looking for a few days of relaxation. In addition to being a famous host for freeriding championships, Jasná has also grown to become the largest ski area in Slovakia.

Freerider in a deep snow run at Jasná.

The Jasná ski area offers a total of 44 km of piste, of which 19 km are marked blue, 18 km marked red and 7 km marked black, in addition to four small ski routes. Overall, it is a multi-faceted ski area with everything from easy to demanding pistes. Another positive aspect is the nature with its unique fauna, giving visitors an unforgettable experience in a truly beautiful and picturesque winter wonderland with fantastic panoramas. To make things even better, the average sunshine hours here measure between four to five hours daily during winter season, adding to the natural beauty of the mountain region.

32 lifts make sure that winter sport guests are being comfortably and quickly transported to the top of the pistes. The total set of lifts consists of 19 tow lifts, 8 chair lifts and 5 cabin car lifts. Starting in the 2016/2017 winter season, a new cable car gondola for 15 persons offers a comfortable lift ride between Krupová and Kosodrevina.

Jasná has modern lifts.

The ski resort of Jasná is located in a valley at 577 metres above sea level. The neighbouring ski area stretches between heights of 943 and 2,024 metres. The upper regions of the area has a high snow-reliability due to its altitude, and the lower regions are equipped with several snow making machines to provide an uninterrupted skiing experience. During the winter sport season from December to April, the average snow depth at the valley station of the ski area measures 10–20 cm. The corresponding number for the mountain station is 40–50 cm.

Our group of experts are happy with the lift experience and snow-reliability in Jasná, and have, accordingly, given each of the two top rating categories “Lifts & cable cars” and “Reliability for snow” a four-star rating.

2) Jasná piste map

3) Skiing in the Jasná ski area

The Jasná ski area is located on Chopok’s northern and southern sides, and offers a total of 44 km of piste in all difficulty levels. The “Chopok” lift pass also gives access to the ski areas in Štrbské Pleso, Tatranská Lomnica and Starý Smokovec, where further excellent can be explored.

“Maxiland” in the Jasná winter sport area at Chopok offers children a playful way to learn to ski and snowboard. There are also skiing and snowboarding lessons for adults who want to take their first turns in the slopes. In addition to the ski school, Maxiland also has a ski kindergarten for the youngest, and a babysitter service including an activity program. This gives adults an opportunity to go skiing without stress, meanwhile the children are being tended to and get to play and have fun with other aspiring skiers of their age group. The well-planned children activitites has earned the Jasná ski area a five-star rating by our experts in the “Families & children” category.

Large and easy-to-understand signs are located throughout the ski area.

The northern side of the Chopok offers beginners and fans of relaxed skiing suitable wide pistes, leading through deep pine-tree forests. A popular piste, especially among beginners and families with children, is the 4 km long “Turistická”. The floodlit runs “Biela Púť” and “Záhradky”, also on the northern side, offer nighttime skiing. “Biela Pút” is marked blue and measures 990 metres, whereas “Záhradky” is marked red and measures 750 metres.

The southern side of the mountain is home to pistes of average and hard difficulty levels. The popular freeriding zones located around the top of the mountain offer deep snow adventures and unique off-piste experiences. This is where the annual “World Freeride Races” takes places, in addition to a few other international competitions. The classy freeride zones have been awarded a full five-star rating in the “Experts & freeriders” category.

In the Jasná ski area, pistes and off-piste runs are located close to each other.

Another highlight in the Jasná ski area worth a mention is the famous “Burton Snowpark”, with its adjacent fun park. It offers obstacles and rails in four different difficulties, with suitable lines for freestylers of all experience levels. It is one of Slovakia’s largest snowparks and very popular among snowpark enthusiasts.

Cross-country fans can also look forward to some real treats. Well-groomed tracks lead through the snow covered forests and fields of the Lower Tatras. The Jasná ski area has two tracks, one of which is in Lúčky and the other one in Tri vody.

4) Expert rating

The snow-reliable ski area of Jasná has a family-friendly atmosphere and great areas for freeriding enthusiasts and experienced skiers. These factors are also reflected in our expert tests, where the winter sport region has been given a four-star overall rating.

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5) Activities outside the slopes

The Jasná ski area is a perfect destination if you are looking for après ski events. Regardless of if you prefer a small drink with your closest friends, or big lively après ski parties, you will find what you are looking for. One of the top locations is the “Funibar”, situated close to the Funitel lift. Its cupola-shaped see-through roof gives you a wonderful view of the Chopok peak. Further, the “Lúčky“, “Záhradky“ and “Biela Púť“ bars are perfect when you want to take a break from skiing, and enjoy a hot or cold drink. In the “Krupová” ski bar, on the other hand, partying is in focus, regardless of what time of day it is. The bars offers a wide range of different drinks and delicious snacks.

The ski region also has a number of traditional mountain huts and restaurants. One of them is the “Von Roll Restaurant” at the Luková mountain station, with its excellent cuisine. The “Rotunda Restaurant” at the Chopok peak has a lounge with a fireplace and a breath-taking view of the Jasná ski area. In the “Aprés ski” category, our experts have given the ski area a four-star rating.

Sun terrace on the roof of the mountain station.

Fun outside the slopes is not a rarity in the Jasná ski area. Snowfox, snowbike, snowscoot and other fun alternatives to regular skis are among the more popular activities. You can also go ice-skating or enjoy a toboggan run.

Thanks to the many well-maintained winter hiking trails, the Jasná ski area offers plenty of opportunities for activities on foot. The trails have different difficulty levels and are suitable for both cosy family walks and demanding full-day tours.

Good to know: The Jasná ski area has a cooperation with the “Tatralandia” thermal bath, which is the largest waterpark in Slovakia. Winter visitors with a lift pass valid for several days can switch one day in the slopes for wellness and spa. On a day of your choosing, simply use your lift card as an entrance ticket to the waterpark. Frequent buses make the 20 km trip to the Jasná thermal bath easy and comfortable.

6) Resorts in the ski area

The resort of Jasná is part of the Demänovská Dolina municipality, known for its awe-inspiring ice caves. Two of the caves are open to the public and invite young and old visitors to admire its bizarre ice stalactites and frozen waterfalls. Jasná is located only approx. 20 km from the city of Liptovský Mikuláš, which is a perfect day-tour destination. The city is home to several historical buildings, such as a Jesuit monastery and a synagogue. Moreover, the city offers an opportunity to buy the famous “Demänovka” liquor. Liptovský Mikuláš is perfect for a day of window-shopping at the RGB Liptov shopping centre. The artifical lake of Liptovská Mara is a beautiful destination for walks, accompanied by the panorama of the Choc mountains. Another interesting place to visit is the city of Brezno, located approx. 75 km south of the Jasná ski area. Must-sees for a day trip here include the historical city centre, the Piarist monastery and the Horehronie museum.

7) Getting to the Jasná ski area

Located in the middle of the Lower Tatra mountains, the Jasná ski area is most conveniently reached by plane. The closest airport is situated in Poprad-Tatry, approx. 75 km away. From there, hiring a car is a good choice. If you are travelling by car from Germany, take the A50 autobahn through Nuremberg and the Czech Republic to Slovakia. From there, the D1 and D2 lead to Liptovský Mikuláš. A good mountain road constitutes the last part of the trip to the ski region. Traveling by car from southern Germany or from Austria, take the A1 autobahn between Munich and Salzburg, and then the A21 and the A4 to Bratislava in Slovakia, and finally the D1 and D2 to Liptovský Mikuláš then taking the exit to Jasná.

Getting here by train is also possible, and the railway station closest to the ski area is called Liptovský Mikuláš. Either a taxi or a rental car will get you the last kilometres to the ski area. Another possible route is to take the train to Brezno, approx. 75 km away, and then continue to Jasná with a rental car, by bus or by taxi.

8) Jasná weather, snow depths and webcams

Do you want to keep up-to-date with current weather conditions in the ski area? Visit SnowTrex for information about weather, current snow depths and webcams.

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