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Bled Ski Resort

Bled Resort Guide

Bled, Slovenia

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Bled Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift634m2,080ft
Resort Height500m1,640ft
 Nearest AirportsLjubljana and Klagenfurt
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Bled at a glance

The beautiful lakeside resort of Bled is close to three ski centres, the closest Straza is right above the old town, but has more limited terrain than better known Kobla and Vogel ski areas, 30 minutes drive away ( free ski bus for lift pass holders ) . Straza does have night-skiing however so is worth considering for an aprés - ski - ski.

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Bled Facts, Stats and Ratings

Bled Rated

Ratings for Bled
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Bled?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Bled
Highest Lift634m2,080ft
Lowest Piste500m1,640ft
Resort Altitude (Bled)500m1,640ft
Max Vertical134m440ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Bled Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Bled
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 1 
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 1 
Cross Country
Total Length
31km19 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
2

Bohinj Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Bohinj
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
17
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
37
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
32
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 6 
Downhill
Total Length
60km37 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
55
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Bled Summary

The Slovenian Ski Resort of Bled is part of the Bohinj ski area with access to 60km37 miles of downhill skiing, with 92 marked pistes, served by a total of 55 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Bled itself (3 pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Bohinj ski resorts of Kobla, Kranjska Gora, Krvavec, Soriska Planina, Stari Vrh and Vogel.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Bled Overview

The beautiful lakeside resort of Bled is, and always has been, the most important of Slovenia's sports and leisure destinations. At least this is the case as long as it has been a part of Slovenia, for a hundred years ago when tourism really took off here, Bled was still part of the Austrian empire.

The resort is a fascinating mixture of old Austrian ambience, some post-war communist development, ancient history and stunning natural beauty. It sits on the shore of Lake Bled with the Julian Alps rising above the forested slopes of the Jelovica and Pokljuka plateaus behind the town. The resort's famous castle, silent witness to its former power, stands on a rock above the lake. There are spectacular views from here including, in the middle of the lake, an island of religious significance for at least a thousand years.

Although famous for its winter sports Bled, which is only 35km (22 miles) from the capital Ljubliana, has a thriving existence away from skiing, offering a huge range of sports and leisure opportunities year-round and providing an administrative and commercial centre for the area. Indeed, tourism of a kind has gone on here for at least 500 years, with the first 'tourists' being pilgrims travelling to the Church of the Assumption on the island in Bled's lake.

The resort was also famous for its spas, mentioned for their health giving powers in a book about the area written in 1689. It is known that a manager of the castle in Bled at that time was so fed up with the influx of tourists wanting to take the waters that he endeavoured to fill in the springs; fortunately he was prevented from doing so. In 1855 a Swiss hydropath named Arnold Rikli was one of the first to recognise the true health and tourism potential of Bled's climate and its thermal springs. He founded the Institute of Natural Healing and introduced a new method of treatment. In 1903 the resort was awarded a gold medal at an international health spa exhibition in Vienna and you can still visit thermal pools in some of the town's hotels today. Rikli, whose technique won international recognition, is still revered as the father of tourism in Bled and there's a statue and plaque to him in the town.

Bled has a complex and fascinating history, some knowledge of which makes your visit more enjoyable. Settlement here dates back to the stone age, and there have been more substantial finds of artefacts dating back 3000 years to Iron Age settlers and subsequent Celtic and Roman inhabitants. Later on the area was settled by Slavs who arrived in great numbers and from whom many inhabitants today are descended. From 1000AD to 1800AD the resort was controlled by the Austrian Bishops of Brixen from the castle although there were repeated invasions by the Turks, amongst others, during that long period. In 1809 the area became part of Napoleon's empire for four years and with a change from religious to state control and back again, the demise of the feudal system and the growth of industrial power, the castle changed hands half a dozen times before 1919. This is an especially significant date for the people of Bled as it was the first time the castle was actually owned by a Slovenian, in the form of local Bled hotelier Ivan Kenda.

Between the two world wars, Bled remained the most cosmopolitan spa in Yugoslavia and the summer residence of the Yugoslav royal family. During the second world war the resort became the German civic and military head quarters. After the War the resort continued its tourist tradition - its inhabitants took over and renovated the many tourist/recreation facilities which passed into Slovene hands. Since former Yugoslav President Tito had a residence in Vila Bled, it was visited by many statesmen, politicians and culturati from Yugoslavia and abroad. Vila Bled has been renovated and is today a top category hotel which can accommodate even the most demanding guests. I

In 1960 Bled finally won town status. Visitors interested in winter sports have a choice of five ski areas nearby to enjoy. The small local ski hill is Strazna. Somewhat larger ski areas within 10km (6 miles) are Pokljuka - a major cross country ski area but with one drag lift for downhillers, and Zatrnik. However, most guests searching for more extensive and demanding terrain make the 20km (13 mile) journey to the areas of Kobla or Vogel.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Bled is 1km1 miles long.

Skiing in Bled

Bled's four main ski areas participate in a joint lift ticket scheme which provides a total of 88km (55 miles) of piste served by 22 lifts. They are all linked by a free ski bus service for pass holders. The nearest ski centre to the resort is at Straza, a comparatively new, modern area, constructed in 1990, at a height of 600m and only minutes away from the centre of Bled. It is equipped with snowmaking and night skiing facilities, a double chair lift and a rope tow. The latter is suitable for beginners and is used by the local ski school.

Two ski slopes, in total about 1.2km (three quarters of a mile) in length are available for both beginners and experienced skiers. However anyone above beginner standard is unlikely to find more than a day's entertainment here.

The next centre on the road out of town is Zatrnik, 10km (6 miles) away on the Pokljuka plateau. It is blessed with a chair and four T Bars serving 16km (10 miles) of runs for all standards, the longest 2.5km (just over a mile and a half). The vertical is 344m, three times that of Straza, and the top of the lifts at 1200m is twice as high.

Zatrnik is another good place to learn to ski or progress with gentle open nursery slopes and some easy to use lifts. The chair serves long easy and intermediate runs from the area's highest point at Berjanca, and there are a couple of short sharp blacks from the top of the Hotunjski Vrh lift, one of which has staged world cup slalom races in the past.

There is extensive cross country skiing in the area from a separate base at Pokljuka, a further 10km (6 miles) along the road, where the 35km (21 miles) of trails are supplemented by a single 200m drag for alpine skiers. The best known cross country trail is on Rudno Polje - a Biathlon World Cup event is held here every year. You can also go cross-country skiing on Zajavornik, Goreljek and in the Kranjska valley.

The two 'serious skiing' centres are Kobla and Vogel - in Bohinj, only 20 and 30 km from Bled respectively. There is good snow here almost every winter, because the 36 trails on Vogel run from 1300 to 1800 m above sea level, and Kobla has snowmaking facilities. Both areas have a healthy 35km (22 miles) of trails, each with three chair lifts. Kobla has three additional drags, Vogel five drags and a cable car. Vogel's cable car rises above the forest from lakeside Bohinjsko Jezero up to a ski area base plateau that includes nursery slopes and chairs serving higher, steeper runs. Although official figures give a vertical of only 500m or so, an intermediate run back down to the base of the cable car is open if snow conditions permit, giving a world class drop of 1200m, the upper section of which may be completed on the area's single black, or an intermediate run giving the longest run of 6km (4 miles).

From the top of Vogel you can have excellent views of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenija and indeed in the whole former Yugoslav Republic area. A similar vertical of nearly 1000 metres is possible for Kobla, again if snow conditions are adequate. Here there are easy runs at all levels with nursery slopes at the base. The three chair lifts take you in succession to 700 and then 1000 metres. The one short black is served by the middle chair.

Bled offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding in Bled

Despite a positive attitude, opportunities for 'boarders are somewhat limited at Bled's five ski centres. On the plus side you can access most of the terrain, except for the former FIS slalom at Zatrnik, by chair lift or cable car. Unfortunately that FIS Slalom run is probably the best of only four blacks spread around the five areas, all of them rather short and not especially tough. The Zatrnik black is served by a T Bar. Other good points to bear in mind however are the natural terrain features on the slopes that are largely cut down through forest, and the high value prices on and off the slopes. The rather gentle terrain that predominates however may be a little too flat for many.

When is Bled open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Bled.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Bled.

Snow Making

Bled is able to make snow, with 17 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The two ski lifts of Bled are able to uplift 4,150 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Bled?

Bled is in the Julian Alps in Bohinj, Kranj, Slovenia.

How can I get to Bled?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Bled are Ljubljana, Klagenfurt and Trieste. There are eight airports within three hours drive. Klagenfurt and Ljubljana are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Off the Mountain

Bled Aprés Ski

Après ski in Bled is generally relaxed and informal. There are several dozen bars and cafés, some with live music and of course prices are very reasonable compared to the Alps. A discothèque operates in to the small hours and there are, the tourist office believes, '100 things to do in Bled' besides. On the more unusual side these include listening to brass band concerts or just skating on the frozen lake. More conventionally you could visit the cinema, the bowling complex or the Olympic sized ice rink.

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