Ski Bovec

Every winter thousands of keen skiers make their way to the fashionable European resorts to enjoy the action on the pistes. Slovenia has yet to attract foreign skiers in large numbers with the possible exception of Kranjska Gora, the best known ski resort in the country which hosts world cup events. There are, however, some compelling reasons to give the Slovenian resorts a try and you could do a lot worse than visiting Bovec in the winter months.


The Town

Bovec is a small and reasonably attractive town in the Soča valley at the foot of the Julian Alps. It has a spectacular setting and benefits from excellent amenities including a well-stocked supermarket, wellness centre with a pool and Jacuzzi, sports equipment shops and several bars and restaurants. The architecture in Slovenia can be somewhat uninspiring with much of it being the result of the communist era but Bovec is an exception having been largely rebuilt after the town suffered significant damage during wartime and an earthquake in 2004.


The Kanin ski resort sits at an altitude of 2300 metres and is connected by chairlift to the Italian resort of Sella Nevea on the other side of Mount Kanin. Together the two resorts boast over 30km of pistes which are most suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers. A Kanin lift pass, which is very affordable, can be used at the Sella Nevea resort for a period of its duration. The most obvious advantage of skiing in this area is the quiet slopes which can be almost deserted on week days and late into the season and skiing is often possible until early may in this region. You will not have to endure any queues for the lifts at Kanin or Sella Nevea and the costs of the lift passes and accommodation is considerably lower than at Swiss, French and Austrian resorts.

Bovec is also blissfully free of pretentious visitors with the typical skier being more concerned with having fun than being seen and wearing the latest fashions. If you are a beginner or on a budget you will not look out of place in your discount ski wear and there are plenty of multi lingual ski instructors to help you on your way.

The scenery in the area is truly stunning with the beautiful vista of the Julian Alps before you on the Slovenian side of the mountain and views all the way to the Adriatic coast. From Sella Nevea you can see well into Austria with the Grossglockner, Austria’s tallest peak, clearly visible from the highest lift station. If variety is what you are looking for the Italian resort of Tarvisio is just a short drive from Bovec giving you three good skiing areas to explore during your visit.


Bovec is accessible from three airports being Ljubljana in Slovenia, Treviso in Italy and Klagenfurt in Austria. The roads are well maintained during the winter months making Sella Nevea and Tarvisio an easy 30 minute drive from the town. There are a couple of decent hotels and a good selection of self-catering accommodation available but do bear in mind that Bovec is a quiet town which may not suit those looking for exciting nightlife. Overall if you are looking for a resort which offers great value for money and decent variety Bovec would be an excellent choice.