Introduction to Tatranska Lomnica
Tatranska Lomnica is one of just a handful of ski resorts in Slovakia’s High Tatra range that can really stand up to rival the likes of its Alpine brothers in the west. Not only is it high – the highest in the country, in fact – but it’s also got some nice long red runs that weave for more than five kilometers through the mountains. In a region where piste length is rare, that’s a gift, and so are the breathtaking views over the intermediate valley that carves through this beautiful section of the Carpathians.
The skiing in Tatranska Lomnica
There’s an argument for putting Tatranska Lomnica at the very top of Slovakia’s skiing menu, and if it weren’t for the slightly more extensive runs and modern cable ways of Chopok just across the valley, then we’d have absolutely no reservations in doing just that.
The relatively high piste count of more than 11 kilometers, along with an impressive array of no fewer than six individual lifts (three of which are high-traffic gondolas) does the talking on paper. And there’s certainly no denying the good snow coverage that’s afforded by the soaring 2,100-meter-high top station of the ski field here.
In fact, the mountain itself is the second highest in Slovakia, and ranges to a whopping 2,600 meters above sea level. Unfortunately the cable car that leads to the summit is just for view seekers, meaning the skiable terrain starts at a lower altitude. However, once it does begin, riders can look forward to a range of challenging red runs that carve straight down the front of the narrow mountain ridge, all the way to the base lifts below, giving a total vertical drop of 1,300 meters!
The mountain can roughly be divided up into three section: The top station, the middle runs and the bottom runs. The top station is reserved for expert skiers only, with a singly black run over the often-icy surfaces there served by a single chairlift (there’s also a designated free skiing area nearby). The middle runs are all red, come served by good snowmaking facilities and a speedy cable car. The bottom runs are family-friendly, spreading out to form a series of nice blues that drift in and out between the woods and the town.
There’s also a separate, second ski area that’s offered in the Lomnica ski pass, located just to the west on the mountain of Hrebienok. This is connected in the winter by a single cross-country trail, but it’s best accessed by road from the front of the resort.
Hotels near Tatranska Lomnica
If you’re in search of a ski holiday with a taste of luxury in the evenings, then you’re certainly in luck with the offering of hotels here. Over the last decade or so, regal spa hotels and resorts have been springing up around the base of Tatranska Lomnica by the bucket load. (It all might be down to the fact that Slovakia’s other major resort – Chopok – is situated inside a national park, which means you can’t go building pool complexes and luxury accommodation willy nilly!).
If that sounds like your kind of thing, then look no further than the regal rises of the Kukučka Mountain Hotel and Residences. Sat just opposite the base station, this large resort hotel is packed with fine-dining restaurants and saunas, hot tubs and massage parlours, all hidden in a hearty half-timbered mountain shell. The rooms are also plush and to the highest standard.
One of the closest options to the base of the pistes is the clean and convenient Aplend Resort Beatrice, which comes with refurbished rooms and modern bathrooms, not to mention walking access to the main cable car. For groups skiing and staying together, the stylish Aplend Vila Magnolia might just be the perfect choice. It’s got 5 and 6-person apartments, all newly done out with wood flooring and large sitting areas.
On the way up the valley to the base station of Tatranska Lomnica, you’re sure to happen upon the elegant timber faces of the 4-star Tatragolf Mountain Resort. This set of individual units has some great views of the mountains, and options with self-catering facilities, all done out in clean and simple styles with plenty of room to store the skis. This one’s a great option if you’re looking for good access to the roads connecting Lomnica with Poprad and beyond.
Restaurants near Tatranska Lomnica
As you’d expect from any up-coming ski resort that’s vying for the top spot in the country, Tatranska Lomnica is packed with top places to stay. You can munch on everything from spit-roasted pig in the Slovak style to Italian pizzas here, so we hope you’re hungry after the slopes!
You could start with the ski-themed Slnecny Dom Restaurant (seems appropriate, no?). The menu is packed with hearty meat dishes, and there’s a real fire – just beware if you’re veggie because there’s regularly a whole pig on the roast here!
For Italian food, the top-rated in town is surely Ristorante Pizzeria Lino, with its crispy bruschetta and range of Chianti wines. Close by, the simply named Grill Pub Restaurant offers something more casual, with its half-timbered interiors offering gastro-pub fare in the form of battered fish and eastern European tartar.
Apres in Tatranska Lomnica
As is the norm for eastern Europe, apres starts early and on the mountain at Tatranska Lomnica. It might seem like the local riders stop for a shot of vodka or a warm beer (yep, that’s a thing here!) every time they reach the rollicking duo of Humno Music Pub and Umbrella Bar at the base of the pistes.
After that, the action tends to move to the town and the restaurants. That means things quieten down a little compared the to the out-and-out party hubs of the Alps, but you’ll still get the odd late-night ale in Grill Pub.