Donovaly, Slovakia's winter paradise

Andrea Kacirova | Live the World

November 23, 2022

Donovaly is a very popular ski resort in Low Tatras, in central Slovakia. The full name of the resort is Park Snow Donovaly, which is a Slovak language pun because it also means a dream park, which Donovaly ski resort certainly is. In this story, you will explore this winter paradise and discover all the must-do activities, and let me tell you; it is not just about skiing.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Park Snow Donovaly is definitely one of the best and well-maintained ski resorts in Slovakia. Even though it is located in the Low Tatras, the hills are pretty big, so you have hundreds of kilometers of skiing slopes. There are several cable cars and 19 ski slopes that are open until 21:00. Parts of the resort are also cross-country slopes or a riders park for skilled snowboarders and skiers, where they can jump on rails (if they dare). If you come with little children, don't worry, there is a smaller hill where they can learn how to ski or just have fun in the snow and build a snowman, for example. Part of the resort is, of course, a ski rental together with a shop and a ski school, where you can hire an instructor.

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Other activities

Winter sports are not just about skiing and snowboarding. There is an ice rink for all the ice-skating lovers out there. And if you are looking for something truly romantic to give you a bit of Cinderella vibes, then you can ride around this beautiful region in a horse-drawn carriage. But if you prefer a dog sled over a romantic carriage, no problem at all! There is also a possibility to do so at the Park Snow Donovaly. But all the mountain views are best enjoyed up from the sky. Literally. You can try paragliding or tandem jump. And if you want to get your adrenaline rush high, you can also ride a snowmobile. There is always something to do.

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Where to stay?

There are plenty of options in Donovaly; you can choose from cheap hostels, remote cottages in the woods to luxurious five-star wellness and spa hotels. But it gets pretty busy, especially during the winter season, so no matter what your price range might be, book well in advance! But to mention a few exceptional places that will catch you by heart, let's start with Chata Motyčky, located at the lakeside, only 4 kilometers from Park Snow Donovaly. It also has its outdoor sauna from where you can jump straight into a lake. You will also be impressed by its traditional interior with a modern touch. Drevenica Inga will ensure you will not be bothered by anyone else, and you can enjoy a romantic atmosphere in this cozy wooden cottage.

© Chata Motyčky/unknown author

Ski resort Park Snow Donovaly turns into a winter paradise, and the little Slovak village of Donovaly is suddenly bursting at the seams. There are plenty of activities you can do, even if you are a non-skier. Just enjoy the beautiful surroundings this place is offering in a cozy wooden cottage. It sounds like a dream destination for the winter season, right?

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