Tatry mountains aren’t Alps but ski resorts are plenty. You just have to know where to look 😉 Jasna Ski Resort is probably one of the best examples! Slovakian resort is chasing Alpine friends with prices much easier on your pocket. Winter holidays at the bottom of Chopok mountain were our tradition for several years so we decided to share this with you and explain why we highly recommend this place.
Jasna Ski Resort
Jasna is a ski resort on Chopok mountain and very often you can hear name Chopok in relation to resort itself. Chopok rise to 2024 m.a.s.l. and is connected by lifts from both sides south and north. We always start from north side leaving car at parking ‘Lucky’. Infrastructure is really great most of the parking are just by the lifts. First and biggest parking is just at the bottom by the entrance to Demanovska Valley and it’s used when all other higher parking spots are full. For a good few years in Jasna Ski Resort only once we had to park there and use a shuttle bus but everything is quite efficient. From the north you go thru Demanovska Valley which stretches for few kilometres from Liptovsky Mikulas town. To get from South side to starting point ‘Jasna Juh’ you go from Bystra town.
Jasna Ski Resort – lifts and slopes
In Jansa Ski Resort you can find 23 lifts including 5 gondolas. Variety of different slopes makes it perfect for all users. You can find gentle slopes of Biela Púť or Lúčky, which makes it perfect for beginners or more demanding routes which are used for giant slalom races. All together you have 50km of slopes so you won’t get bored. Lifts operates between 8:30 and 3:30pm there is also a night ski in Biela Púť. On south side slopes are generally more difficult but also due to conditions. Top part is rarely smoothened by snow groomers and on sunny day moguls creating quickly with ice patches in between. We more often ski on north side not only because conditions but we like slopes better and on sunny day views are amazing. Chopok is also freeride mecca with every year freeride events which are a great spectacle for us mortal people.
Jasna Ski Resort – GoPass ski pass
Jasna has a GoPass system for ski passes where all can be done online. You can order card online, top up online and even track your daily activities. Same card will gain you access to Tatralandia water park and few other ski resorts. Prices are quite similar to Alpine resort – you save on accommodation and food prices. Every spent money on the card accumulate points which give you discounts in shops and restaurants.
Unfortunately every year there are changes made and from very easy user friendly service it becoming unnecessarily over complicated. You can buy GoPass here. Just recently Slovaks introduced new way of pricing their lift passes. There is no more stiff rates but prices changing depends on demand and when you are purchasing. Flexi rate which is similar to sale system of flight tickets. In our opinion is quite unfortunate idea which really makes it difficult to put budget together or decide between ski resorts.
Jasna Skia Resort – ski rental
There is no issues with renting good quality gear. We also rent in Bartek Ski which is located by Lúčky lift the very first one on the bottom. We highly recommend as never had any issues with gear. Prices differs from what you actually want but you can get shoes and snowboard for 15 euros. You can find pricelist here. http There is also few larger rental places where you can reserve online.
Jasna Ski Resort – Where to eat?
There is a tons of bars and restaurants everything from cheap shacks to A’La Carte Fine dining options. Rules are easy and logic, higher you are more you pay but it’s not a drastic difference. The cheapest treats you can find in Shacks in Zahradky station but you won’t get points on your GoPass there. The most expensive is Von Roll restaurant which organise dinners where you will be brought by a snow groomer. Rotunda on the top isn’t cheap either but very modern with jaw dropping views. If you are staying in accommodation on the mountain you can go for a bite and drink to popular Happy End Bar or even all night disco. We always stay in Liptovsky Mikulas town and Jasna is 17km away so never got a chance to experience late night party.
- Mulled wine and Bombardino in Funi Bar by Priehyba station
- Garlic soup in Chata Kosodrevina chalet on south side
- Dumplings in shacks by Zahradky station
- Sweet steamed dumpling in Rotunda restaurant on top of Chopok
If you can’t currently go to Slovakia to try its food you can always use our recipe and cook Slovakian, creamy garlic soup at home!