Pistes, Powder and Cheap Pints | 5 Reasons You Need To Go Skiing In Jasna, Slovakia

Looking to mix it up with your ski trip destination? You should consider the Low Tatras.

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Mountains. Covered in snow. Skis, on your feet, ready to go. Average price of beer: about €1.20, you say? And B & Bs costing as little €25 per night? Sounds decent. Sounds very decent indeed. But where would one have to go for such affordable wintery delights? Step forward into the bright glare of the spotlight – Jasna, Slovakia. 

“Compare that price to more traditional skiing destinations, and you can see that it’s a bit of a steal”

Jasná Nízke Tatry, to give it its full name, is the country’s biggest ski resort. The sandwich filling, if you’ll pardon the expression, to the bread triumvirate of Austria, Ukraine, and Poland , mountainous Slovakia has more thick forests than you could shake a big, chopped down tree at. The resort itself can be found in the Tatra Mountains. One two and a half hour flight from the UK and a 30 minute drive from Poprad Airport, and you’re there.

Here’s some reasons you need to visit.

1) Nearly 50km Of Slopes To Enjoy

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Screenshot via Jasna’s ‘Fresh Tracks’ Video.

So, technically. Technically. The resort offers 49km of ski slopes. But, I mean, come on. Between mates. Between you and me (we’re mates now, me and you), 49 is basically the same as 50. These slopes are serviced by a combined force of 30 cable cars and lifts, meaning you and your mates should be able to get around the place with ease.

The slopes up Jasna way cater for everyone – from true beginners, families with children, intermediates, advanced skiers and even world class athletes. What’s more, if you like getting off-piste, Jasna is home to some wonderfully powdery tree runs. For more on that, read the full story on what happened when we went snowboarding in Jasna.

2) It’s Very Affordable

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Screenshot via Jasna’s ‘Fresh Tracks’ Video.

Sometimes, you’ll go skiing for a week, have an absolutely amazing time, come home, look at your bank balance and be overcome with a sudden feeling of queasiness. “What have I done?!” you’ll shout at the sky with arms aloft, “I’ve bankrupted myself in the pursuit of snow fun, and now I have to live off tinned soup and old cotton walking socks for the next six months. Woe is me.”

Fortunately, with Jasna this nightmare scenario is extremely unlikely as the Slovakian ski resort is the definition of affordable. We’ve already mentioned the super low cost of accomodation and beer (€1.20 a pint, pal) but what about the lift passes? Stuff like that. Well, you’ll no doubt be delighted to hear that you can get a six-day ski pass, if you book three days in advance with GoPass, for just €178. Compare that price to more traditional skiing destinations, and you can see that it’s a bit of a steal.

Also, those worried that Jasna’s affordability means it’s synonymous with a lack of luxury need not be concerned. There are a number of four to five star hotels here, as well as some high end chalets, fine dining restaurants and top end retail outlets. More than enough going on to keep people from all walks of life happy (whether your name is Billy Big Bucks or Freda Frugal).

3) The Pow Shot In This Video

Watch this video. Then watch it again. And then, on the third viewing, pause it at the pow bit and just think to yourself “If I went to Jasna in Slovakia, that skier enjoying the off-piste pow could be me.”

We’ve done a screenshot for you to look at indefinitely (see below).

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Screenshot via ‘Jasna in 30 Seconds’ Video (YouTube).

4) Do Some Night Skiing At Biela Put

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Screenshot via ‘Jasna In 30 Seconds’ Video (YouTube).

Skiing is obviously a very fun daytime pursuit but sometimes, when the day is done, you’ll still have that burning urge to carry on; to literally never stop skiing. Fortunately, visitors to Jasna can carry on skiing well into the evening thanks to the illuminated slopes at Biela Put.

5) Enjoy Some Genuinely Spectacular Scenery

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Screenshot via ‘Jasna in 30 Seconds’ Video (YouTube).

The highest peak in this neck of the woods is Ďumbier (2043m). The second highest peak is Chopok (2024m). Situated between the super scenic valleys of Váh and Hron, visitors here are not only in for some quality skiing but also some quality “check out that lovely view” time as well.

For more information, head on over to the Visit Liptov website.

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Here’s What Happens When You Put A Tree Log Into A Hydraulic Press

There really is a tree-mendous amount of force on show in this video (sorry, that was awful)

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

As writers for an action sports and adventure website, we tend to spend a lot of time outside. Now, we’re not sure when the last time you went outside was but maybe you remember something called trees. Ah, yes. Trees. Big old wooden things, with leaves, and branches, and birds nesting them in. Trees.

If you’re like us, maybe you’ve looked at a tree before and thought: “I wonder. I wonder what would win in a fight between a tree, and a hydraulic press? I wonder what would win that fight?.” Of course, if you’re looking purely at the hydraulic press’s track record of crushing literally everything – you’d have to back it. But what if? What if the tree could somehow – I’ll stop you there. The hydraulic press annihilates it.

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Here’s What Happens When You Put Mountain Bike Suspension Forks In A Hydraulic Press

Find a loved one, hold them close, and brace yourself for some seriously brutal footage

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

Go inside your mind palace and picture your mountain bike. Got it? OK. Good. Now, try to picture your mountain bike without its suspension fork. Looks odd, doesn’t it? Looks, well, it doesn’t really look much like your mountain bike anymore does it? Well imagine a scenario where you discover your mountain bike is inexplicably missing its fork, at the exact same time you get a DVD in the post.

What’s on the DVD? What the hell’s on it? You say these questions out loud but then you remember you live alone. You’ve always lived alone. Just you, your mountain bike, and the call of the trails. You don’t need companionship. Never have, never will. Companionship is for the weak, the needy; life’s losers. Turning the mystery DVD over in your hands, you think about watching it but are scared of what you might see on there if you do.

“RIP suspension fork. U r wiv da angles now.”

After roughly 10 minutes of looking at the disc, you decide that it’s not going to insert itself into the DVD player and so tentatively make your move. A button is pressed. The disc-tray comes out, you gently place the disc down before sending the tray back from whence it came. There’s a brief moment when nothing happens and then it’s there. Up on your flatscreen. Footage of your fork clamped in a hydraulic press.

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

You take sharp intake of breath. What is this? What’s happening? You pinch yourself in a mad, desperate, attempt to wake yourself from the nightmare. A friendly Scandinavian voice speaks: “Yeah, everything is now ready.”

“Ready for what? READY FOR WHAT?!” you shout, with panic in your voice and beads of sweat cascading down your forehead.

The hydraulic press kicks into life. The sound it makes. The horror, oh the horror. You watch, not wanting to but unable to stop yourself, as your mountain bike fork gets mangled and disfigured by the sheer force being put on it from above. It’s brutal. It’s savage. It’s the Hydraulic Press YouTube Channel doing the only thing they know; crushing stuff with a hydraulic press.

RIP suspension fork. U r wiv da angles now. Video below.

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

If you’re still with us, and you’ve got the stomach for it, here’s what a saddle looks like before and after a hydraulic press session:

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

If you’re still with us, and you’ve got the stomach for it, here’s what a bike lock looks like before and after a go in the big HP:

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

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Screenshot: YouTube (via Hydraulic Press Channel)

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Wildlife Footage Shows Moment A Coconut Crab Attacked The Wounded Bird It Was Hunting

Just when you think you’ve seen nature’s craziest stuff, a video like this comes along…

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Screenshot via YouTube (Coconut Crab Conservation)

Nature is mad, isn’t it? Like, it’s genuinely insane.

In the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day life, we’re guilty of forgetting just how crazy nature can be. And then sometimes, out of nowhere and like a bullet straight from the blue, it’ll fire something our way that makes us rub our eyeballs in disbelief till they’re bloodshot raw.

Usually, these “nature is bonkers” realisations will happen when we’re watching a programme narrated by the one, the only, Sir David Attenborough. See Blue Planet II. Other times, these realisations will occur when we’re just casually browsing the internet on a weekday and stumble across, I don’t know, a video of a coconut crab literally eating a bird.

Bird-eating-crab. Bird-eating-crab. Bird. Eating. Crab.

The shocking footage was shot by researcher Mark Laidre while he was visiting the Chagos Archipelago. Laidre watched on as the coconut crab, which have a one metre leg span when fully grown, climbed a tree to a low-lying branch where the bird (a red-footed booby) was napping. The crustacean then approached the bird, broke the bone in its wing and sent it falling to the ground below.

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Picture via Getty Images

After that, the coconut crab (so named because of its ability to crack open coconuts with its claws) descended down to the maimed bird and broke its other wing; thus sealing its fate once and for all.

According to the event’s description in the ‘Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment’ journal, another five crabs were soon on the scene and joining in on the feast. A bit like them uninvited house guests at Christmas feasting on the leftovers, we imagine.

The coconut crab packs an astonishing 3,300 newtons of force in its claw. Despite this, it was thought that the crabs were not actually active hunters with academics instead believing that the animals sustained themselves by eating the inside of coconuts and bits of carrion they came across on beachy atolls.

On the back of this video, Laidre is planning to set up remotely activated cameras on the islands to see if the crabs really do hunt birds or if this incident was just a freakish one-off.

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Screenshot via YouTube (Coconut Crab Conservation)

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YouTuber Ryan Taylor Snowboards (Badly) At Chill Factore After Hiding At Closing Time

Does this video cross a line in pursuit of laughs, or is it all just fun and games?

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

You know what it’s like. Heading to your local big fridge in the build-up to winter, and finding the slopes so crowded that you barely get enough laps in to justify the trip. You came for the riding, you stayed for the queuing. But what if there was another way? What if you could have the place to yourself?

BMX rider and YouTube star Ryan Taylor, as well as two of his accomplices, appear to have found a way to make that dream a reality. In this video, which you can watch below, Ryan and his comrades hide out in Manchester’s Chill Factore at closing time before breaking from cover to enjoy snowboarding badly, trying out the luge run, and larking about with nobody but themselves for company.

Of course, it doesn’t all go plain sailing. At one point, they’re confronted by a security guard who wants to see some evidence that they’re allowed to be there filming. Ryan (aka ‘The Bullshit Artist’) manages to spin some fishy story about how they have permission to shoot an overnight prank and, after some e-mail forgery, he just about gets away with it; going on to ride his BMX on the snow.

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

One of the most ridiculous things about this story is that according to the video description, Ryan edited it at a police station. It’s not exactly clear what happened but it would seem that, in a daze of adrenaline, he accidentally left one of the cameras behind and then audaciously accused Chill Factore of theft.

“I’ve edited this video in a police station today trying to get my camera back from the f*ckers that stole it. and I have got it back now so that is over and done with!” he wrote.

A Chill Factore spokesperson said: “We are aware of the incident and it is currently being investigated.”

Earlier this year, Ryan was involved in a similar stunt when he spent the night at Snozone.

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

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Screenshot via YouTube (Ryan Taylor)

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