Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Sledding


It has been one of my favorite winter activities during childhood. Every winter I couldn't wait for local road conditions to get just right for sledding. I have to admit I still have some of that enthusiasm hidden somewhere deep inside of me.


As I was growing up, I could see on-going progress all around me. From my point of view it was mostly a good thing (telephone and eventually even internet).
But it wasn't all like that. For instance when they upgraded a local tarmac road to asphalt, it also meant the end of sledding. I may be forgetting some locals, for which this change was of course for the better - they could get to civilization with fewer problems. But who cares about that - the topic is sledding and not some irrelevant issue of being cut of from the rest of the world for half of winter!


The other day a friend of mine invited me to try a toboggan run. It is called Vogar and is supposed to be the longest run in Slovenia (5 km or 3,1 mi). It has been a couple of years since my last sledding experience and I really wanted to do it again.


It was a beautiful Saturday winter morning and considering great company it could get only better. At least I had thought so.
Before we could reach a mountain cottage at the top, we had to take an hour long walk up a steep path.
When we had finally (all sweaty of course) reached the top, the cottage caretaker has informed us that the road downhill, in other words our toboggan run, has not been plowed yet. There were some fallen trees blocking the road. This meant the way down was also going to be on foot. We were not very happy with that fact, especially after a friend admitted that the day before she saw a report on the internet stating the same thing.


Well, if nothing else we got to enjoy idyllic Alpine scenery (we're admiring Lake Bohinj on the second photo), some fresh air and a tasty dinner on the way home. Better luck with sledding next time I guess.



4 comments:

Tadej 8 February 2007 at 14:59  

Sorry to hear that. This year's winter is not really good for winter sports - at least if you compare it with last year. If you want to do at least one 'good' ride this year, you should go to Ljubelj or Zelenica. You can find details of those terrains on this page: http://veseljak.no-ip.com/Sankanje/index.html
Some of the data are outdated (top speeds I guess :> ) but all the layouts should't changed at all ;)

Marko Sinkovec 8 February 2007 at 16:21  

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This might come in handy.

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