Kvarner newsletter / no 36

Kvarner's ski areas
From recreation to adventure

Kvarner's ski areas of Platak, Čelimbaša - Mrkopalj, Rudnik – Tršće, and the more distant Bjelolasica Olympic Centre, have much to offer visitors interested in true winter activity holidays: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, sledding, or simply enjoying the snow.

Kvarner's ski area PlatakHow many winter resorts in the world can offer skiing with seaview? Such a combination of blue and green, that is, blue and white in the wintertime, is a distinctive feature of Platak, Kvarner's popular ski area. Platak is a relatively small but well-visited ski area, which can be reached from the town of Rijeka in half an hour's drive. It was built in mid-20th century, and the construction of the Radeševo double chairlift followed in 1979. Over the last decade, after the renovation of the existing infrastructure and facilities, Platak has experienced a new heyday – a new artificial snow facility has been implemented, new snowplows were bought, ski lifts and slopes are being renovated, the car park has been widened, and the bars and restaurants have been completely refurbished. All this resulted in the increased popularity of this ski area, which now also offers attractive night skiing.

Another ski area is Rudnik, which is located in Tršće in the northern part of Gorski kotar. This is a small ski area on the northern slopes of the Rudnik hill, at an elevation of 1052 metres above sea level. Due to its steep slopes, this is considered by many as one of the more demanding Croatian ski areas. The ski run is ca. 800 metres long, but the skiers can also choose to ski only on the parts that are not so steep. A similar, yet larger ski area is located in the southern part of Gorski kotar – the Čelimbaša near the small town of Mrkopalj.

This ski area consists of three ski runs: the 1350 metres long red slope, the 500 metres long black slope, and the sunny, 1000 metres long red slope. The longest of these slopes is long and wide enough to receive many skiers of various levels of skill. It can be divided into three sections, and the inclination complies with the requirements for a red slope.
Apart from Čelimbaša, the Mrkopalj area is also home to the Zagmajna biathlon slope, which is suitable for training and recreational running in the overall length of 4.5 km.
Finally, the most important winter ski resort is the Bjelolasica Croatian Olympic Centre, which has much to offer to the lovers of skiing, snowboarding, sledding and many other sports. Skiers have at their disposal seven ski slopes of various lengths and difficulties, and there is also an attractive snowboard park, which, just like the ski area, offers ski schools for beginners and amateurs.