Winter in Banská Bystrica

Winter can be charming too! Enjoy it on snowy hills in the heart of Slovakia!

Cross-country skiing

Hundreds of kilometres of groomed skiing trails are here for you in the surrounding area of Banská Bystrica. The Kremnické vrchy mountains and its heart Skalka with the cross –country skiing facility Biela stopa SNP (the White track of Slovak National Uprising) stadium are the truly paradise. Skiing trails are literally running here from each cardinal point (unitary orange plates will guide you everywhere). The popular starting points for Kremnické vrchy are the villages Kordíky, Králiky, Malachov or Horné Pršany. The Nízke Tatry (Low Tatras) mountains and the Starohorské vrchy mountains also offer cross-country skiing trails of good quality.

Cross-country skiing trails
– Banská Bystrica (Fončorda) / Uhliská / Suchý vrch / Jasovo / Králiky – 10 km
– Šachtičky / Žiare / Jelenská skala / Polianka / Donovaly – 13 km
– Horná Pršany / mountain saddle Tri kríže / Chalet Hostinec / Velestúr / Zlatá studňa – Králiky – 13 km
– Kordíky / mountain saddle Kordícke sedlo / Skalka / Králiky – 15 km

Ski resorts

Ski resorts with ski slopes of all categories you will find only a few kilometres far from Banská Bystrica.

– Ski resort Selce – čachovo (9km),
– Ski resort Šachtičky (10km),
– Ski Králiky (12km),
– Park Snow Donovaly (25km),


Good possibilities for ice-skating offer the Ski resorts Donovaly and Selce – Čachovo. On selected days the ice-hockey rink in the Zimný štadión (winter stadium) in Banská Bystrica is also opened to the public.

Top winter events

• Banskobystrická stopa (cross-country skiing event)
(january, Králiky)
•Dog Sled Racing (winter, surrounding of Banská Bystrica)

Relax and wellness

Indoor swimming pool Štiavničky – recently renovated facility offers swimming, relaxation and baby pools. There is also a new “Sauna World” in the building.,

Hotel Kaskády – located nearby the Sliač spa and makes excellent use of healing mineral springs, which originate in the spa. The wellness hotel offers a wide variety of extensive services.

Fuggerov dvor – the feeling of well-being and relaxation in the vital world of the hotel will be enhanced by the magnificent view of beautiful panorama of snowy hills.


Three spas are located in the near surrounding of Banská Bystrica.
Sliač spa
Brusno spa
Kováčová spa