The Planica Nordic Centre covers 100,000 square metres of sports terrain, where seven ski jumping hills and the flying hill take centre stage. The newly constructed cross-country complex includes a stadium, sports area and various cross-country tracks. There is also an artificial snow-making system together with cableways, athletics and football stadium, wind tunnel, zipline, cycling and walking paths, and cultural heritage park and information area with catering facilities. The 566-metre long zipline with a 202-metre drop in altitude and 38.8 per cent gradient – makes it the steepest zipline in the world where speeds of up to 90 km/h can be achieved.
This link will show you more photos of the Planica Nordic Centre
– ski hall – hotel – gym –
The Nordic Centre opened in November 2016 and the indoor cross country ski facility is 800 metres split over 3 levels in a car park layout. The snow temperature is 1°C with under floor cooling only, and no air cooling, making the air more humid and not too dry. Snow is stored from the previous winter and used. This could be a mixture of man made and natural but didn’t feel coarse or sugary.
It is groomed every morning and one classic track is cut, with the rest left for skating. There is space for drills as well as circuits and some hill work. Generally the inclines are not too steep but the corners are fairly tight so useful to practice short down hills with cornering at the bottom and for less able skiers on hill work. The whole course took an intermediate skier at an average pace about 3.5 minutes to classic and 2.25 minutes to skate and you can see a video of the layout taken from YouTube above.
The cost is €9 per 2 hour session and restricted to a maximum of 30 people on the track at any time, so you would need to pre-book your sessions. You can do this on firstname.lastname@example.org. It is open from around April to November from 9am to 6pm. Once the snow comes in November they make a trail using the nearby rollerski track and the ski hall closes as there is enough snow to ski outside.
The roller ski track formed part of the World Cup cross country course in January 2016 so is rather challenging and not suitable for beginners.
Flights from the UK to Ljubljana depart from Stanstead with Easyjet around noon and from Luton with Wizz Air early morning. Planica is on the north western edge of the Triglav national park, bordering Italy.
Car Hire – There are at least 5 car hire companies based at the airport to choose from and the Nordic Centre is an easy one hour drive from Ljubljana Airport. This is mostly along motorway and then main road. The exit from the airport was straightforward and went straight onto the motorway. We rented a VW Up in September 2016 and the cost was €60 (£46) for 4 days hire. The motorway tolls were pre-paid with a sticker on the windscreen, and there was an additional €40 to pay if we had gone over the Italian boarder. As this is only about 1K from the Planica turnoff, it is surprising easy to do!
Taxi – You can also pick up a taxi right outside the terminal building which will cost you around €30 per person. Or pre-book through www.taxi-pt.si by emailing email@example.com for a larger group, and I found Katja to be extremely helpful.
Planica Nordic Centre Hotel
Hotel bookings can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Planica Hotel triple bedded rooms
Planica hotel rooom
Planica hotel rooom
Gym in the Planica Hotel free for guest use
The purpose built hotel is around 200 metres from the ski hall and has its own team facilities which include a gym, fitness area, sauna and restaurant. The price at September 2016 was €42 pppn for full board. Situated at 946m altitude, the hotel also has 10 hypoxia rooms which can produce an altitude of up to 7000m, with the average being used between 2600 – 3000m. 5 days adaption would be normal, with the improvement being best used straight away, and are relatively cost effective at €53 pp for full board. The hotel restaurant has its own nutritionist and provides substantial meals with lunch costing €5 if you are not on a full board basis. Lunch can also be taken if not staying at the hotel, but would need to be booked on the day as priority is given to residents.
This is the nearest big town with lots of accommodation, restaurants and shops. It is a 10 minute drive to Planica from here.
The link above will take you to their main site and they are easily found on booking.com. The email is email@example.com to book directly. This is a very pleasant hotel, the first that you see from the main road into town. It has 9 rooms sleeping 22 people including one apartment. We were quoted €44 half board off peak, for a group of more than 10. They can also organise a ski wax facility in the garage for groups.
This link will show you more photos of Penzion Livada.
Planica-Rateče (pronounced Planitsa Rateechay)
This is a small village and the closest to Planica NC as it is only 2 Kilometres away. From there to the centre is all uphill but some do rollerskiing or cycle it for extra training.
Kransjska Gore Loipe map
In the winter the area of Planica, Rateče and Kransjka Gora has cross country trails which join together if there is enough snow.
You can download the loipe map of Kransjka Gora here.
And see a layout and profile of Planica here.