Slovakia has a wide range of facilities for summer sports. The most popular are cycling, water sports and hiking. Large reservoirs such as Zemplínska šírava, Oravská priehrada, Liptovská Mara, Sĺňava near Piešťany, Ružín at the River Hornád, and Domaša at the River Ondava along with artificial lakes like Slnečné jazerá near Senec and Zlaté piesky in Bratislava offer visitors a chance to enjoy water sports. Many Slovak rivers are navigable and canoeing is very popular amongst young people. Horse riding is becoming more popular, with stables for public existing in many towns. Mountaineering, hill‑walking, white water rafting, adrenaline sports and paragliding are only some of the ways to spend a weekend in the mountains. Another very popular activity is camping or renting cottages, and hiking (trekking) in the mountains. For those who prefer green lawns and white short dress, there are many possibilities to play tennis at tennis clubs, at public courts or golf in clubs.
Thanks to its mountainous nature, Slovakia offers great opportunities for downhill and cross‑country skiing, as well as snowboarding. The mountains enjoy over 80 days of snow per year which often reaches a level of 2 m in the 'Nízke Tatry' and 'Vysoké Tatry' (Low Tatras and High Tatras). In these high mountain regions, there is snow on the ground for 130 days each year. Ice hockey and ice‑skating are very popular sports that can be practised in closed stadiums, as well as outdoors.
Mountain Rescue Service Insurance
As of 1 July 2006, tourists bear the cost of search and rescue operations they require the Mountain Rescue Service ("Horská záchranná služba" – HZS) to conduct, excluding the costs covered by health insurance. Insurance companies offer products that cover the potential risk. You can conduct the insurance on‑line or via SMS. For more information, please, consult a commercial insurance company.
Sports centres offer opportunities for fitness, aerobics or squash. These centres are often equipped with saunas, solaria and masseurs, and many also offer body care services, such as cosmetic and pedicure facilities. Some towns also have indoor swimming pools that provide opportunities for swimming, saunas and massages. You can also rent a gym‑hall to play squash, indoor football, volleyball, basketball, handball, etc. These gyms are mostly associated with a primary or secondary school, or a university faculty.
HolidayInfo - information about downhill and cross-country trails, aquaparks, events, snow reports etc.
Portal On the snow - snow reports