Between 21 February and 5 March, Planica will host Slovenia’s biggest sporting event ever, the 43rd Nordic World Ski Championships.
Located in a protected glacial valley in the northern Julian Alps, Planica, also referred to as the Snow Queen, is one of the country’s national symbols. The first ski jumping hill was built in 1932 and today there is a modern Nordic ski complex worth almost €50 million—a ski flying hill, seven ski jumping hills, and 40 kilometres of cross-country tracks.
Planica Nordic Centre hosts 2,000 athletes from more than 60 countries who will compete for medals in ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and Nordic combined. The organizers are expecting up to 200,000 spectators and, to protect the environment, public transport will be provided to help visitors.
Photos: Plancia Nordic