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View of Planica from Mt. Ridge Point (Slemenova špica)
View of the Planica Nordic Centre from Mt. Ciprnik (July 2016)

Planica (Slovene pronunciation: [plaˈnìːtsa])[1] is an Alpine valley in northwestern Slovenia, extending south from the border village of Rateče, not far from another well-known ski resort, Kranjska Gora. Further south, the valley extends into the Tamar Valley, a popular hiking destination in Triglav National Park.

Planica is famous for ski jumping.[2] The first ski jumping hill was constructed before 1930 at the slope of Mount Ponca. In 1933, Ivan Rožman constructed a larger hill, known as the Bloudek Giant (Bloudkova velikanka) after Stanko Bloudek, which later gave rise to ski flying. The venue was completed in 1934.[3] The first ski jump over 100 metres (330 ft) in history was achieved at the hill in 1936 by Sepp Bradl.[4] At the time, it was the biggest jumping hill in the world.

In 1969, a new K185 hill, the Gorišek Brothers Flying Hill (Letalnica bratov Gorišek) was built by Vlado and Janez Gorišek.[5]


  1. ^ "Slovenski pravopis 2001". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ Perko, Drago; Ciglič, Rok; Zorn, Matija (2019). The Geography of Slovenia: Small But Diverse. Cham: Springer. p. 347.
  3. ^ "Bloudkova velikanka". (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  4. ^ Terzič, Gregor (22 March 2019). "V Planici prvi skok čez 100 in 200 metrov, rekorder Poljak Kamil Stoch pri 251,5 metra". Dnevnik (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  5. ^ Bertoncelj, Maja; Ahačič, Marjana (22 March 2019). "Petdeset let lepotice pod Poncami". Gorenjski glas (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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Coordinates: 46°28′37″N 13°43′20″E / 46.47694°N 13.72222°E / 46.47694; 13.72222