Ski Resorts Shut in Slovakia as Covid-19 Surges

The government has introduced new restrictions as cases continue to rise.  It is a scene that will likely be played out across ski resorts in Europe this winter as cases fall and rise, with resorts opening and closing. The main resort of Jasna has seen growing numbers from the UK in recent years.

On New Year’s Eve there was a snap announcement closing ski resorts and hotels effective from 1st January through to 24th.

A general stay at home lockdown was put in place for Slovakia.

The country has 285 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

That’s higher than Switzerland (282) and Sweden (280).

The main resort, Jasna, made this announcement:

“Based on the current government decision to tighten preventive measures, we are closing the operation of the ski resort.

“We are convinced that we can handle the situation together with a responsible approach and we can restore the safe operation of ski resorts as soon as possible.

“We thank all clients who helped us by following the precautionary measures and will help bring safe winter experiences in the future.”

The resort is offering refunds on holidays, hotel stays and lift passes.

Current conditions look good.

“It’s a disappointing start to the new year and creates difficulties for businesses like ours, but given the Covid-19 situation in Slovakia it’s the right step until the situation gets under control,” said a statement from the holiday company, Jasna Adventures.

“Keep doing the right things, and stay connected as we continue to ride out this season and keep the skiing dreams alive.”

Here at PlanetSKI we are big fans of skiing in Slovakia.

Our editor, James Cove, visited back in 2015.

While our chief reporter, Jane Peel was there in 2018

PlanetSKI in Jasna

PlanetSKI in Jasna. Image © PlanetSKI.

PlanetSKI in Jasna

PlanetSKI in Jasna. Image © PlanetSKI.

PlanetSKI in Jasna

PlanetSKI in Jasna. Image © PlanetSKI.

As 2021 gets underway and people’s hopes rise for ski resorts opening in France, Italy and Andorra it is likely what has happened in Slovakia will be repeated across the mountains.

Resorts opening and closing as cases go up and down.