Ski holidays in Bled
Ski holidays in Bled offer some of the most picturesque skiing in the world for a great price. It offers a unique old Austrian atmosphere and natural beauty, perched on the shore of Lake Bled with the Julian Alps forming the resort’s backdrop, rising above the Jelovica and Pokljuka plateaus.
Visitors have five ski areas in Bled to explore. The small local area is Stazna, and the larger areas are Pokljuka and Zatrnik, although most visitors choose Kobla or Vogel as it offers much more extensive and demanding slopes.
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Skiing in Bled
We find Bled and Bohinj in the North-Western part of Slovenia in the Julian Alps. Straza is the main skiing area and there is also a free 20 minute bus to the two ski areas of Vogel and Kobla on the slopes of Mount Trigval where you can ski up to 1800m.
The four ski areas are part of the same lift pass, together forming 88km of pistes. They are only interlinked via shuttle bus services with the nearest ski centre to resort being Straza, only a few minutes away from Bled centre. It has snow making facilities and is suitable for beginners by the local ski school.
10km from the Pokljuka plateau is Zatrnik which has runs for all abilities with the longest at 2.5km. It is a good place for beginners to learn or for those looking to progress onto more demanding terrain as its chairlift serves long easy and intermediate slopes from the area’s highest point at Berjanca. There are also some short black runs from the top of the Hotunjski Vrh lift, one of which has featured in the World Cup slalom races.
The skiing here is ideal for beginners. The English speaking ski school is excellent and great value for money if you have never skied before. Intermediates will find some challenging reds and black slopes which are great to improve on. Advanced skiers will probably find the areas quite limiting but there is plenty of scope for off piste with a guide available at a very reasonable price.
Vogel and Kobla in Bohinj are the more demanding ski areas and both have 35km of trails each. Vogel’s cable car ascends above the forest from Bohinjsko Jezero lakeside to a pleatuea that caters well for beginners thanks to its nursery slopes. A further chairlift takes visitors to steeper runs with the upper section offering a black and a long intermediate run at 6km in length. Vogel’s peak also offers beautiful views of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia and the Yugoslav Republic area as a whole. There are runs for all levels here as well as some more nursery slopes at its base.
Snowboarders will also find the area fairly limited although snowboarders can access most of its terrain via chairlifts and cable cars as to avoid drag lifts. The resort’s gentle terrain that is predominant throughout its ski areas may also be too flat for snowboarders.
Cross country skiing is extensive, situated in Pokljuka. The area’s best known trail is the Rudno Polje which hosts the Biathlon World Cup event each year. Zajavornik, Goreljek and Kranjska valley also have cross country trails.
It is worth knowing that facilities for children in resort are limited as there aren’t any day care or ski kindergarten available. Children from the age of 5 can however join the adult ski school but there is no lunchtime cover available. Therefore, it is recommended for families who have young children to book private lessons for them if wishing to visit Bled.
Snow conditions in Bled
Although its winter season’s are shorter than other high altitude resorts in Europe, snow in the Julian mountains is excellent and snow sure for much of the season.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Bled
Bled has lots of restaurants that have a high reputation such as the Villa Bled. Its local cuisine includes its cream cakes, symbolic of Bled’s specialities and more than 13 million of them have been sold since 1960!
Apres ski in Bled is low key although there are several cafes and bars with live music if you are looking to have a drink or two after a day of skiing. There is also a club that operates into the early hours for those looking for a party.
Apres ski of course, doesn’t have to be all about the drinking and Bled has an array of non skiing and alternative apres ski activities to do. These include ice skating, bowling, or taking a trip to the cinema.
Transfer times to Bled
Ljubljana (LJU) - 45 mins
Salzburg (SZG) - 2 hrs 15 mins