Pohorje is a pre-Alpine mountain range in the north-east part of Slovenia, which represents the Maribor’s natural centre for sports activities for city dwellers and tourists.
It has something to offer in both winter and summer. Especially in the snowy months, numerous events take place, including a famous race of the Ski World Cup – the Golden Fox. Skiing during the day and night, concerts right next to the ski slope and the annual spectacle accompanying the draw of the start numbers on the Leon Štukelj Square make this weekend one of the liveliest in the year. In addition to the World Cup races, the “white” season lasts from the beginning of December to the time when the snow cannons are no longer able to win the battle with the advent of spring.
At Pohorje, there are about 42 kilometres of ski slopes and 20 different ski lifts, among which the most famous is the Pohorska Vzpenjača Cable Car. With the offer of easy and demanding ski slopes, Pohorje is suitable for all skiers and it is especially famous as a popular family ski resort. In the winter, it also prides itself with more than seven kilometres of illuminated ski slopes for night skiing and in addition to skiing and snowboarding, visitors can also enjoy a host of other winter activities. Cross-country skiing and long walks, snowmobiling in the winter idyll, a night visit to the authentic Pohorje hut and the tasting of traditional delights by the fire are only some of the ways for creating new stories.
In the summer and spring months, Pohorje is ideal for a quick urban escape among the countless green hiking trails and hardened biking trails. Fresh air and a feeling of satisfaction when you reach the post above 1000 m are really precious. At the Church of St. Bolfenk, the view extends far across the Drava valley and the wine-growing hills all the way to Austria. We can continue through the fragrant spruce forests across Areh and Žigart Peak, catch our breath at the largest waterfall of Pohorje, Veliki Šumnik, and along Lobnica return to the valley and reach Ruše. To raise your heart rate, visit the adrenaline park, summer sleds or the mountain bike park, while one of the richest experiences is offered by the Trail Marathon.
In case the mountain air is not enough of an encouragement, you can enrich it with dishes typical of the Pohorje slopes. You can try pohorski lonec (meat and vegetable stew), bunka (dried pork meat product), bogajca (cake with cottage cheese stuffing) or šarlota (dessert) on excursion farms, intertwined in hamlets around Pohorje. As far as drinks are concerned, do not forget about borovničevec (blueberry brandy), Rhine Riesling and Welschriesling, Sauvignon, Traminer, Yellow Muscat and Silvaner as well as home-made tea in the winter months.
Experience and taste Pohorje – a green pearl in the north-east part of Slovenia.