April 29, 2021: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
As an industry leader in snowsports coaching and instruction, we’ve come to realise people want more from their time on the slopes. Our Ski Safari aims to provide an opportunity for all winter sport lovers to experience a range of different mountain resorts over the course of a week, sampling the best and most exhilarating skiing Slovenia and Austria has to offer, all in one trip!
Our ski safari will take you to the mountain resorts of Slovenias Savinjska and Koroška regions; Golte, Rogla and Kope with cross boarder visits into South Eastern Austria and its Carinthia Mountain Range to visit Koralpe, Petzen, Turracher and Weinebene, considered by many winter sports lovers to be some of the most beautiful and technical ski centres in Slovenia and Austria, providing the necessary environment to enjoy your time on the slopes, ski with friends and chill.
Although Slovenia and South Eastern Austria doesn’t have the elevation of the traditional alpine resorts, their seasons are long, its snowfall often bountiful, leaving it to become a little known skiing paradise, free from overwhelming tourism, crammed resorts and the price tag that follows. You may often find an entire piste to yourself on ‘powder day’ mid week, you can’t beat that!
Your safari will be directed and overseen by the former Slovene National Team Member David De-Costa and his team, one of Slovenia’s highest regarded ski instructors, with a wealth of knowledge and first hand experience in training alpine champions.
Throughout your stay you’ll sample a mixture of resorts; go where the conditions are best and pistes are well groomed, escape the crowds and enjoy some cultural excursions along the way. Our Ski Safari isn’t a traditional instructional course, and attendees are recommended to be independent on blue slopes at a minimum before booking as there are no statutory grounds for the provision of ski schooling or tuition during the week, however should your safari run alongside an existing skills course or the availability to receive instruction is available, we can of course make arrangements to meet your needs. If you are interested in instruction please get in contact before booking and speak to one of our team!
This course will run on a number of occasions throughout the ski season, however it is available upon request for closed groups simply by contacting us beforehand.
Arriving in Slovenia you’ll be met by the team at Ljubljana Airport, and from here we’ll take a short drive to the small town of Topolšica on the outskirts of Velenje to Turisticna Pirnat, your home for the week. Here you’ll be able to unpack, unwind and perhaps catch up on some lost sleep from your travels.
During the late afternoon you’ll be given a tour of the local area, a round loop from your accommodation that contains shops, restaurants and bars and an extensive spa / gym complex.
During the evening you’ll be introduced to the rest of the team and briefed on rough plan for the trip. This is the time to share stories, goals and your areas of interest for the coming week.
The second day is all about suiting up, getting out on the slopes and experiencing what local Slovene mountain resorts have to offer. Our usual first port of call conditions permitting is the Hotel and Mountain Resort of Golte, our closest resort and most ideal for a brisk Monday morning due to its low population, abundant pistes and rental facilities and locality to your accomodation.
All mountain days end between 3pm and 5pm in the afternoon based on a general group consensus, allowing you to experience some cultural excursions in the region, appreciate the spa and wellness facilities available unto your or sample the amenities of the local town.
From day three onwards your itinerary will vary dependant upon the weather, piste conditions of our resorts and the groups general wishes and preferences. Some mornings where travel to Eastern Austria is concerned may start a little earlier, however we’re well aware that your safari is a holiday as much as it is an adventure, so we’ll ensure you have plenty of relaxing down time.
It is almost guaranteed that during an intense week of skiing you may experience fatigue and muscle aches. Therefore during the mid-week point you’ll have the opportunity to take a day off the slopes and head to Lake Bled for a change of scenery and a cultural experience, however this isn’t mandatory, and for those who wish to ski, the safari will continue!
Additional individual and group experiences such as ‘beer spas’, wellness and individual massages are available should anybody wish.
Upon day 8 all good things must come to and end, and we’ll head as a group to Ljubljana Airport to say our goodbyes.
As this Ski Safari is an open course, we are well aware of the logistical position and potential complication of multiple people arriving by multiple flights, and therefore we seek to provide some form of guidance and recommendation to help you decide what transport arrangement is right for you.
Our Safari begins in Slovenia, and therefore naturally we advise all attendees to fly into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, LJU as it is the most central and easily accessible airport for those flying from the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe. Although in recent years return routes between the UK and Slovenia have seen a reduced service, especially in the winter season and in conjunction with the Covid-19 Pandemic, there does appear to be a rebound on the horizon with airlines such as Wizz Air, EASYJET and British Airways operating a combined return service throughout the week from Manchester and London Airports therefore Ljubljana Airport is the natural and initial meeting point for our Ski Safari.
Our team will be waiting in the arrivals lounge of Ljubljana Airport from 9:45am to welcome you. A number of in-bound flights from the UK arrive between 9:30am and 11:30am most mornings therefore if attendees are scattered across a number of flights we’ll naturally wait, have coffee and head off after everybody has arrived. For those that find themselves booked upon a later flight in the day, fear not as we run a second pick up service between 4:00pm and 6:00pm with the same waiting conditions applying.
Arriving Before the First Day:
Although we can accommodate variations in travel arrangements, if you find yourself on a flight arriving before the start date, e.g. the evening before, you’ll need to arrange your own travel and accommodation requirements independently. Travel to and from Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana can be sought from the airport during the day and takes roughly an hour. An early morning service from the capital back to the airport is easily available enabling you to meet our team at 9:45am or 4:00pm at the airport arrivals lounge respectively.
Arriving After the First Day:
If you find yourself unable to arrive on the start date, e.g. the day after, we are able to provide an airport pick up service, however this will include a surcharge as this will be arranged through a third party.
Airport Drop Off:
On the final day day we’ll head as a group to Ljubljana Airport to meet the departure time requirements for the first flight of the day, approximately 9:00am.
If you require more information or help to decide what travel arrangements are best for you, please free free to get in touch and one of our team can help you with your enquiry!
The winters in Slovenia are incredibly cold and can be harsh, therefore we advise coming equipped and dressed accordingly for temperatures of 0’c and substantially below both on and off the slopes. Appropriate footwear for rough terrain, deep snow and ice are also essential.
To be suitably equipped for the course you’ll need to bring thermals, a ski jacket and pants, or reasonable apparel substitutes, gloves, socks and eyewear such as ski goggles or sunglasses.
If you are unable to bring some of your own equipment we can provide skis, boots, helmets and poles however hire costs are not included in the overall price. If you need to hire equipment from us please get in contact a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the course.
If you wish to stay for any additional days in Slovenia these will be need to be arranged independently. Travel to Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana can be sought from the airport during the day and takes roughly an hour.
If you are interested in booking a CLOSED ski adventure in Slovenia / South Eastern Austria for a peer or family group, either a safari or traditional mountain resort holiday please click here to see our packages.
Lloyd Langford Expedition Training Limited provide all attendees with public liability insurance and accidental injury cover up to £5,000,000 during the course, however the risks associated with snow sports and outdoor activities are your own and through booking and accepting our terms and conditions you take responsibility for these risks. You are also advised to purchase your own travel insurance policy for the duration of the course, covering you for winter sports, personal equipment and cancellation.