As a newbie skier ignorant about top ski destinations and only knowing the one resort in France where I have skied for the past 2 years I decided it would be great to go somewhere completely different. After scouring the net for short 3-4 day ski breaks, I found a gem with Action Slovenia advertising the Julian Alps: a riverside lodge called Reka Hisa situated just outside of Bled, Slovenia.
I flew in to Ljubljana and was transferred to the friendly lodge situated on the bank of the beautiful Sava River. It was run by a fantastic couple from the UK, Clive and Myrna, in their converted home stay, along with their unforgettable Great Dane, Patrick. Clive was actually a professional chef and he provided us with gorgeous breakfasts and gourmet meals for dinner. On top of this we had top quality ski equipment and tutoring, all included in the price.
The lodge itself was of exceptional quality with a large dining room so all the guests could eat together, and even a cosy living room with more DVDs than Blockbusters! Each day we would wake to the view of water racing down the river, and the majestic sloping sides of the valley towering either side of us. We were transported each day to the ski runs. We began with Seriska, a small area of slopes, locally run, and consisting of just a few slopes for beginners, but ideal for tutoring; my main aim to learn parallel skiing. On the last day we decided to skip the tutoring and visit another slope called Vogel. An enormous location, with ample slopes of all types, with restaurants galore as well as a huge cable car ride up to the top boasting the most magnificent yet terrifying views! Vogel was my most enjoyable experience, trying more slopes than usual and so wide that there were multiple ways of coming down one slope. I definitely improved my parallel skiing, but am yet to be able to maintain the stamina, I think many more trips and lessons will be necessary!
For evening entertainment we visited the local bowling alley with all the other guests and enjoyed getting to know everyone. Of course we couldn’t leave without visiting Bled, with it famous and impressive Count Dracula Castle, and many beautiful shops including delightful little bakeries for the well recommended Bled cake – wonderful! Overall it was a lovely experience, one I would recommend to anybody and definitely repeat someday myself, perhaps with more people as it’s great place for large groups of friends, so much to do. It is also a summer resort for white water rafting and kayaking, as well as some spectacular walks in the surrounding national park – maybe next year!