Allow me to start this week’s blog by giving myself a small pat on the back. Why? Well, because last Friday my blog achieved its 50,000th view – something I’m really rather proud of. Ok, granted, it’s not up there matching the figures of some of the world’s ‘supper bloggers’, some of whom probably achieve that many views in a day, but for somewhat lesser-known Slovenia, and little old humble me, I think/hope/believe it’s quite an achievement. The greatest number of readers are actually in Slovenia, as often Slovenes themselves tell me that they turn to my blog for ideas and inspiration; this is followed by readers from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands…… and as far away as Bangladesh, Mongolia, Senegal, Ghana, Martinique and more; a total of 110 countries to date.
It’s now been 3 weeks since my fall and, hopefully, that means I’m at least halfway through the healing time. Unfortunately, the fresh, and heavy snowfall on Friday, and again on Sunday afternoon, meant that I couldn’t get out much at the weekend as I’m just too scared at the moment in case I fall on ice again, particularly as I currently only have one arm for balance.
As I was sitting watching the snowfall from my window on Friday, and the snow was growing higher by the minute, I was wondering what the actual record snowfall figures are for Slovenia and set about finding out. Here, instead of a blog about MY latest snowy adventures, are some rather fascinating Slovenia snowy facts and figures:
- The most amount of snowfall in 24 hours – 125cm – Dom na Komni mountain hut, 1951 & 1970
- The most amount of snowfall at less than 500m above sea level – 105cm – village of Soča, near Bovec, 1970
- The most amount of snow in one place – 700cm – Kredarica, below Mt. Triglav – 2001
- The most snowfall in one season – 1662cm – Kredarica, winter 2000/2001
- The longest lasting snow cover – 290 days, Kredarica – 1976/77 & 1984/85
- The earliest snowfall in a place below 500m above sea level – Kotlje, Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu, 11 September 1970
- The latest snowfall in a place below 500m above sea level – Nomenj – 10 June 1974
So, instead of being out there enjoying snowy hikes, I’m resigned to looking back wistfully at photos of previous ones and looking forward to future ones. With that in mind, and for those looking for somewhere to enjoy the snow, and/or those who are maybe thinking about a winter visit to Slovenia, I offer below a few ideas for some of my favourite winter hikes and other snowy activities in and around the Radovljica area:
- The Pokljuka plateau is a haven for all things ‘snowy’ – there’s the biathlon centre, cross-country ski tracks, skiing, and hiking. A very popular destination is to the hut ‘Blejska koča’, which can be a destination in itself, or the more hardy can continue onwards towards Mrežce (as seen below), Brda or Debela peč, the highest peak of the plateau.
- The Dom na Komni hut is one of the few huts that is open all-year round and the route up, beginning from the car park by the Savica waterfall at Lake Bohinj, is usually well-frequented and trodden. From the hut there are also a number of other options to continue onwards on the Komna plateau.
- The Koča na Taležu hut (725m) is popular with locals from around the Radovljica area as it is easily accessed, offers fantastic views for relatively little effort, and offers good food and a warm welcome
- The Valvasor dom hut is another popular winter destination for hikers and sledgers. The path begins at the Završnica reservoir.
There are also currently tracks prepared for cross-country skiing in Radovljica, behind the Spar supermarket, and in Kamna Gorica.
It should of course be remembered that during winter anyone visiting the mountains must be well-prepared, equipped, and experienced in such conditions. The current fresh snowfall means the risk of avalanches is high, currently level 4 out of 5 on the avalanche danger scale, and unless you are familiar with the terrain and the conditions its not recommended to take on anything too adventurous at this time of the year, hence I tend to stick to (relatively) easy and well-trodden routes.
You can also find out more about these destinations in previous posts by using this blog’s search facility (top right corner).
The week ahead looks like being snow all the way, so until next week……
© AdeleinSlovenia 2015
8 thoughts on “Snowy Slovenia Facts and Figures”
Enjoy your blog, but it takes a while to change the cm.to inches.I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and it was nothing for us to get 110 inches of snow per winter,which did not leave until the end of April.
Hello Maria, Thanks for the feedback. Funnily enough, I’m more of an ‘inches’ girl too – well I was!! However, I’m slowly getting used to metric now though I still find myself thinking more in pounds and ounces, feet and inches, stones and pounds etc. Whichever way you look at it, 110 inches (that’s 2.79 metres!) is a lot of snow. Thank goodness we haven’t got that much here though we’re due another half a metre, woops 20 inches, in the next couple of days. I don’t mind the snow itself, its the ice that I hate and wish we could just enjoy the snow for a few days and then wake up one morning to find it all gone!
Thank you for 20 inches is half a meter.Hope you get better soon. I hate ice also;impossible to drive or walk in.
Hi Adele, I enjoy your posts. Thank you! I’m planning my first trip to Slovenia for this summer or fall, so I can learn more about my family history and Slovenian culture (and to hike). On my maternal side, I’m a Roblek, and my ancestors lived near where you are now. Do you by chance know the history of Roblek mountain and hut?
Hi Andrea, Thanks for your message and feedback. Nice to hear you are planning to visit Slovenia. Yes, actually I do know quite a lot about the history of the Roblek hut because I translated a document about it so send me an email and I’ll send you more information as it’s too much to write here.
My mother was Ivanka Roblek. Do you have a family tree? Where do you live? I live near Waukegan, Il.area. Missed the Roblek hut blog.
Hi Maria, Yes, I have a family tree on ancestry: abeloy. Do you have a family tree? I’d love to see if there’s a connection. I live in Minnesota.
No,I don’t have a family tree. My parents left Slovenia right at the end of WW2 and were put in displaced persons camps in Italy. I was born in one and my brother was born in another location. I don’t have a birth certificate. We spent 1 year in Italy,were moved to Germany for a year. Then the people in the camps were given choices as to what country they were willing to go. My father picked France because he had been there before and thought we would get back to Slovenia. Another brother later and 8 years in France, a church group assisted us in moving to the US. The older brother has been to Slovenia with my father when he was alive. Peter can speak and understand some Slovenian. I can speak french slowly and understand it.When I was 12 some cousins of my mother came for a visit. Peter has met relatives on my father’s side:Max Kopac from Ziri.My mother died when I was 23 and would have been interested in a family tree.My grandmother’s name was Ursula Roblek and she had several children. I am 69, but my daughter wants to see her roots.I said “the UP?”My husband was in the Air Force and she was born outside Sault-Ste-Marie,Mi. She wants to go to Slovenia and I want to do it while I’m still active. I have pen pal in Slovenia and he sends me picture and paintings done by Janez Medvesek. look him up. My mother always told me how beautiful Slovenia was and he does a great job showing it.