Archive for January, 2015

From Rogla to Ribniška koča (Ribnica hut)

If there wouldn’t be peaks as Velika Kopa (1.542 m), Ribniški vrh (1.537 m), Črni vrh (1.543 m) and Rogla (1.517 m), Pohorje would be 1.200 metres high plateau. But with the peaks Pohorje is a mountain range. Also at the top of it you can find lot of small streams and brooks. But not only water rumbling down the hill, but also water caught atop. Lovrenška jezera (Lovrenc lakes) is a group of about 20 lakes, which are not true lakes. They are true high peat swampland about 8.000 years old (Lovrenc). Starting from Rogla, the way is more or less flat, but if you continue to Ribniška koča (Ribnica hut) you need to go across about 200 metres higher peak Ribniški vrh. Big part of the way you walk in the shade of the forest but you can warm up crossing wide meadows. From Rogla to Ribniška koča about 3 hours are needed (1 hour to the Lovrenc lakes).

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Planica

It’s almost Planica time again. As every year. Glacial U shaped 7 kilometres long valley of Planica is every season the last stop of ski-jumping world cup. The history of ski jumps in Slovenia begun with first championship and record in 1921 in Bohinj. Jože Pogačnik jumped 9 metres. In Planica the first ski jump was built just few years before 1930, but unfortunately it was not built according to FIS standards, therefore big competitions were not allowed to organize. Unofficial world record in 1931 was 81,5 metres (by Norwegian ski jumper Ruud in Davos). A wish of Yugoslav winter sport commission and Ski-club Ilirija from Ljubljana was to build a ski jump, where would be possible to jump more than 100 metres. They decided for Planica, where the best possible terrain was found. In February 1934 there was first competition, the Yugoslavian Championship. In March the same year first international competition on the new ski jump was organized where new world record was achieved. The longest jump was 92 metres. Planica was covered with glory. It was the biggest ski jump in the world. Austrian Sepp Bradl was the first man flying more than 100 metres (101 metres in 1936). Until 1950s two bigger ski jumps were built than the one in Planica: Kulm and Oberstdorf. Bluodek tried to improve it, but anyway Planica was the third in the world. Once again a wish of local enthusiasts was to build even bigger and higher ski jump, to be again number one in the world. Brothers Lado and Janez Gorišek made a project for new one. They designed it to be enlarged if necessary. The chosen location was west from old Bloudek ski jump. First competition was organized in 1969. In 1994 Toni Nieminen as a first man jumped more then 200 metres (203 metres). World record from 2005: 239 metres by Norwegian Bjorn Einar Romoren. But with the development of the sport and ski jump, it was expected, one day someone will build new larger ski jump. And it happened. Norwegian Vikersund. And as expected, new longest ski jump was achieved. But it will come back. With new Nordic centre, which will be built in Planica in next few years, also the ski jump will be enlarged.

Programme for this year you can see here.

New ski-jumping hills in Planica

New ski-jumping hills in Planica

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