Looking for winter outdoor ideas for Slovenia? Here are 11 inexpensive winter wonderland activities, all within easy reach of Ljubljana.

As a longtime resident of Ljubljana, and lover of the great outdoors, winter in Slovenia is perhaps my favourite season. From December to April, you’ll normally find me out exploring Slovenia’s snowscapes via snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country ski, splitboard – or just on foot.

With mountain ski resorts, iced-over lakes, frozen waterfalls, and snow-laden forests, plateaus and peaks, there are a huge range of things to do during winter in Slovenia for active visitors looking to enjoy the winter wonderlands of this petite country.

From a couple of hours tobogganing, to summiting Slovenia’s highest peak, here is my personal pick of ideas for excellent winter activities in Slovenia. Note: some activities listed here are snow dependent, so please check with the operator before booking.

1.  Snowshoeing in Bohinj (followed by delicious dinner at a local inn)

2 hours, €40
Explore Slovenia's snowscapes with a snowshoe trip in Bohinj

Snowshoeing is one of my favourite winter activities. It allows you to get in amongst beautiful snowscapes and walk with ease over deep snow. It’s simple to do and requires no previous experience; if you can walk, you can snowshoe, making it ideal for all ages.

This snowshoe tour in Bohinj takes you to some of Slovenia’s most beautiful parts, through silent forests, over plateaus, and into gently undulating terrain. You’ll finish off your day dinning at a ‘gostilna’ (Slovenian for ‘local inn’) enjoying delicious local produce, with views of Triglav – Slovenia’s highest mountain. Get more details on this snowshoe Bohinj tour here.

2. Winter Walk and Tobogganing in Bled

3 Hours, €85
Sled Bled! Fun times in stunning scenery

Fun for families and couples, take a winter walk with a traditional wooden toboggan in tow, then enjoy the exhilarating ride down. This is a playful experience which kids will love (adults too!) and combines winter walking with great views and an exciting slide back to base. The price includes the rental of the sledge and return transfers from Bled. Get more details on this Bled sled trip here.

3. Learn to Ski or Snowboard

8 hours, €160
Slovenia is ideal for making your first turns on skis (or a snowboard)

If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, Slovenia is a great place to learn. With dozens of ski centres to choose from, it’s an ideal place to find quiet, gentle slopes, perfect for putting your first turns in. For kids and adults, you’ll learn from experienced local guides who are fluent in English, in a small group (max 4) who ensure you’ll pick up ski skills quickly.

This one-day ski school trip is either a great taster for complete beginners, for anyone wanting to refresh their ski skills, or for those looking to take their skiing to the next level. Get more details on this learn to ski package here.

4. Winter Hiking on the Pokljuka Plateau

1 day, €80
For walkers who winter

A great day trip for walkers who love winter, this adventure takes you up to the beautiful Pokljuka plateau. Starting off at around 1400m, your local guide will lead you through enchanted winter forests, above the treeline, past frozen meadows and shepherds’ huts, and up to the summit of the mountain.

From there you’ll have incredible views of Triglav – Slovenia’s highest peak, and its amazing surrounding valleys. This route is considered easy, so you won’t need any special mountaineering equipment, just hiking boots, poles and a reasonable level of fitness. Get more details on this Slovenian winter walking tour here.

5. Ice Climbing Lessons in Triglav National Park  

5 hours, €69
Cool climbing: learn how to swing your ice picks on a Slovene waterfall 

Ever wanted to climb up a frozen waterfall? Here’s your chance to learn. This five hour course will teach you how to swing your ice-picks and kick your crampons satisfyingly into a mass of frozen ice to propel yourself to the top. The course is for complete beginners (although groups of experienced ice-climbers can also be catered for) and the price includes your instructor, transport from Bled and all the ice climbing equipment. Get more details on this Slovenian ice climbing experience here.

6. Skocjan Caves and the Lipizzaner Horses

1 Day, €79
The beautiful Lipizanner horses

This day trip combines two of Slovenia’s best assets in a single trip: firstly the famed Lipizzaner farm (the oldest continuously operating stud farm in the world) producing horses prized worldwide for their strength, agility and intelligence, not to mention their beauty.

Don't leave Slovenia without a trip underground to the Škocjan caves

Next you’ll visit the Škocjan caves, a truly spectacular system (I’ve been multiple times and the magic never wears off). Experience the huge underground caverns, incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations, and a subterranean river runing though it all (think the Mines of Moria from the Lord of The Rings – and you’re in the right ballpark). Price includes your guide, transport and lunch (but excludes entrance fees to the Stud Farm and caves). Get more details on this cave and Lipizanner farm tour here.

7. Winter Horse Riding Around Bled

2 Hours, €49
Winter horse riding, ideal for couples, families or groups

There’s a real romance to galloping through a frozen forest on horseback, so this is a great activity for couples (as well as families). For beginners, the two hour option teaches the basics of riding a horse, then your guide will lead you onto the trails around Bled, exploring the woods, hills and views of this iconic lake.

More experienced riders can opt for the 6 hour trek, where you’ll go deeper into the surrounding winter wonderland of Triglav national park. Trot on! Get more details on this Bled winter horse riding trip here.

8. Day Ski Tour around Bled

1 day, €90
Earn your turns with a ski tour in the Julian Alps

The increasingly popular sport of ski touring allows you to escape the crowds of resort skiing, and make your own lines on mountains away from the masses. Slovenia is a fantastic location for ski touring and this one-day tour in the mountains around Bled take you into the incredible terrain of the Julian Alps.

You’ll need to be a competent skier (or snowboarder) but the tours and terrain can be adjusted to suit the ability of the group, ranging from first timers, to experienced backcountry hounds. Full safety and touring techniques are explained. This is a great day trip allowing you to explore beautiful terrain where few others tread. Get more details on this Bled ski touring trip here.

9. Freeride Skiing or Snowboarding in Vogel

8 hours, €60
Get the best snow with your guide sharing the secret spots

Experienced skiers and snowboarders wanting to find Slovenia’s best ‘side-country’ lines should join this freeriding experience at Vogel in the Julian Alps. You’ll start off taking the Vogel cable car enjoying amazing views of lake Bohinj, then ski on out of the resort where your local guide will show you the secret snow stashes and share the best untracked powder zones with you. If you want to sample Slovenia’s finest snow terrain – this is the trip for you. Get more details on this Slovenian freeriding experience here.

10. Avalanche Workshop in Kanin

5 hours, €80

For more experienced skiers and snowboarders looking to get out and explore backcountry terrain beyond the ski resorts, knowledge of mountain safety is vital, so get the skills you need at this avalanche workshop in Kanin, west Slovenia.

Run by local qualified mountain guides, during this five hour course, you’ll learn how to use an avalanche transceiver and probe, read the snowpack and understand forecasts and terrain. You’ll leave with the confidence and knowledge to get into the backcountry and enjoy untouched powder. Get more details on this avalanche workshop in Slovenia here.

11. Triglav Winter Climb

1 day, €250
Winter climb of Triglav

Those looking for a serious challenge could take on Triglav. Slovenia’s highest peak at 2863m, it’s a symbol of the country, featuring on their flag, and it’s said that a Slovene is not a true Slovene until they have summited Triglav.

At around 11 hours long this trip is for experienced mountaineers in excellent physical condition. You’ll be guided by a local expert, who can also provide you with climbing equipment. It’s also possible to make it a two day trip – by staying overnight at a lodge on the mountain. If you’ve got what it takes to make it to the top, this is the ultimate winter experience in Slovenia. Get more details on this guided winter climb of Triglav here.