Rogla Ski Resort

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Surface lift from Mašinžaga to Jurgovo
Rogla is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
LocationRogla, Zreče, Slovenia
(Zreče Pohorje)
Nearest major cityMaribor (52 km)
Graz (117 km)
Ljubljana (119 km)
Trieste (212 km)
Vienna (307 km)
Venice (358 km)
Budapest (385 km)
Munich (481 km)
Coordinates46°27′05″N 15°19′43″E / 46.4514°N 15.3287°E / 46.4514; 15.3287
Vertical467 m (1,532 ft)
Top elevation1,517 m (4,977 ft)
Base elevation1,050 m (3,445 ft)
Skiable area100 hectares (250 acres)
Runs13.5 km (8.4 mi):
  5.7 km (3.5 mi)
  5.3 km (3.3 mi)
  2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Longest run1.32 km (0.82 mi) - Jurgovo I
Lift system11 (2 chairlifts, 9 surface lifts)
Lift capacity13,500 / h
Terrain parksRogla Fun Park
Snowfall550 cm (220 in)
Snowmaking100% of area
Night skiingKošuta, Jasa I

Rogla Ski Resort is a Slovenian ski resort opened in 1975 at Rogla, Zreče, located at the top of the Zreče Pohorje range and regularly the most or second most visited Slovenian ski resort, with over 200,000 skiers per season and capacity of 13,500/h. It is the seventh-largest Slovenian ski resort by ski area, with a total 13.5 km (8.4 mi) of ski slopes and 24 km (15 mi) of cross-country tracks.[1][2]

Two outdoor stadiums and a multipurpose indoor sports hall, are one of the highest elevation stadiums/indoor arenas in Europe. Resort offers many activities, such as alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, squash, snowboarding, hiking, climbing wall, soccer, handball, basketball, athletics, mountain bike downhill, horseback riding, swimming, fitness, tennis, dog sledding, a forest canopy trail, and an alpine coaster.

The Rogla Olympic Center (Olimpijski športni center Rogla), used as high-elevation training camp, has hosted many prominent sports teams and athletes, such as Monica Seles, Goran Ivanišević, Petra Majdič, Goran Dragić, Paris Saint-Germain, Panathinaikos F.C., the Spain men's national handball team, and the France men's national handball team.

They are firmly a part of FIS Snowboard World Cup calendar hosting parallel giant slalom events since 2013; and FIS Cross-Country World Cup (2009, 2011).


Early years[edit]

Early tourism dates back to 1928, when the Pesek cabin was opened. The first 10-meter high wooden watchtower was opened in 1934 at the highest point of Rogla, which was destroyed during World War II and replaced with a steel 30-meter high watchtower at the same place in 1956 and which is still standing. As of 2015 this was the highest watchtower in Slovenia.

In 1952 the old cabin was opened for herders only and since 1956 has also been open for tourism. It was the main gathering point at Rogla for many years, where modern tourism started and around which hotels were built is still very popular nowadays. Unior, a blacksmith company from valley lower in Zreče took over the cabin in 1972.

1975: Start of mass tourism[edit]

In 1974 Unior's management commissioned studies for the development of Rogla as a ski resort. The road leading to the peak was widened and the first ski lifts were built.

The main hotel and sports area with the Zlodejevo ski slope (the first slope) below a old cabin and Uniorček opened in late 1975 at an elevation of 1,517 m (4,977 ft).

1980: Huge investments[edit]

In 1978 construction began on the Hotel Dobrava in Zreče and the Hotel Planja on Rogla. Around Old Cabin they opened Hotel Planja in 1980, with the new ski lifts Mašinžaga and Ostruščica, and by 1981 the Hotel Dobrava had opened, along with a new swimming pool and an athletics and football stadium. In 1983 Hotel Rogla was opened next to Old Cabin.

In 1985 the Jurgovo black ski slopes were opened. In 1987 they opened multipurpose sports indoor hall with first ever squash court in Slovenia.

By the 1990s, Rogla had a capacity of over 1,200 beds and ski lifts handling 12,200 skiers per hour. In 1993 the Košuta ski lift was opened.

Between 2000 and 2004, a new Hotel Dobrava was opened, and two four-seat chairlifts were constructed to replaced old and outdated two-seated chairlifts. The artificial snow system was extended and upgraded to make Rogla one of the best ski resorts in Slovenia and the first alpine mountain coaster in Slovenia.

In December 2007 Rogla Fun Park was opened along the Mašinžaga ski slope for skiers and snowboarders.

2009: World Cup debut[edit]

In 2009 FIS Cross-country skiing World Cup events were organized for the first time, repeated two years later.

In October 2010 a new Catholic church was built a top of the mountain. In December 2012 the Jasa II ski lift and slope were opened, intended for snowboard and ski cross.

In June 2014 the new four-star Hotel Natura was opened next to Cross-Country World Cup stadium.

2019: Second watch tower opened[edit]

In September 2019 a new 37-meter (121 ft) high wooden watch tower and trails called the Canopy Trail (Pot med krošnjami) was opened. It has a total walking distance of 1 kilometer (0.62 mi). It is only the ninth structure in the world of this kind.

In June 2020, first of this kind in Slovenia, 60 metres long spiral dry slide around outside of 37 meter high wooden Canopy Trail watch tower (Pot med krošnjami).[clarification needed]

Ski area[edit]

Winter tourism[edit]

Hotel Natura
Season No. of skiers Skiing
Rank (visitors)
2009/10 185,000 111
2012/13 173,000 122
2013/14 151,000 127 1
2014/15 177,000 118 1
2015/16 186,968 132 1
2016/17 188,528 120 1
2017/18 202,230 123 2
2018/19 209,617 126 2
2019/20 150,000 121 N/A


Cross-Country Skiing World Cup 2011
  • Planja Hotel****
  • Natura Hotel****
  • Rogla Hotel***
  • Brinje Hotel***
  • Jurgovo Hut Suits***
  • Rogla and Gaber Bungalows***
  • Jelka Youth Hostel*
  • Pesek Hut*

Outdoor activities[edit]

Rogla Eskimo Village
  • Dog sledding
  • Summer mountain bike downhill
  • Rogla Fun Park - Mašinžaga (terrain park)
  • Zlodejevo alpine coaster — 1360 m — 40 km/h (year round)
  • Old 30 m steel watch tower at the top (1517 m); opened in 1956
  • 37 m wooden Canopy Trail (Pot med krošnjami); opened in 2019
  • 60 m long spiral dry slide around 37 m high watch tower (opened in 2020)

Road access[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Cross-country skiing[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The grand finale of the ski season in Slovenia". I Feel Slovenia. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Smučarska sezona 2017/2018: Pripravljeni na snežne užitke in nove rekorde". Dnevnik. Retrieved 29 November 2017.

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