Perched half way up the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps, 1971 metres above sea level, it teams with life during the winter months as one of the biggest ski resorts in Slovenia. The slopes are picturesque and lined with pine trees, and the beautiful mountain peaks can be seen in every direction, layer upon layer of snow capped crests. This really is a compact and pretty little resort with an Austrian, rather than Eastern European feel and is popular with walkers in the summer as well as skiers in winter. In winter, the main access is via the cable car at the bottom of the mountain; in summer the small winding road becomes clear once the snow has melted, and it is possible to drive up the mountain. Either way, Krvavec is a place that is peaceful and unspoil by the smell of exhaust fumes; all you can see are mountains and meadows, whether they be covered by snow or bedecked in grass and mountain flowers.
Visitors will travel to Krvavec in search of the peace of nature and the beauty of the mountains, whether this is to walk, to bike or to ski. It is not a place with a lively night life, but is more suited to the visitor who just wants to escape from the fast pace of everyday life.
Background and History
The name Krvavec means Bloody Mountain, and according to the locals, this originates in one of two possible folk tales. According to the first tale, locals enticed enemy Turkish soldiers through the thick fog into the precipice of the Kokrške stene, where the blood flowed in streams. The second and best known tale tells of two pagan Ajda, (beautiful giant girls) were being chased by wild cynocephals, when they ran ahead of them high up into the mountains. The cynocephals killed their father and destroyed their castle in the Komendski boršt. The two girls cried bitterly that a stream of bloody tears gushed down the mountain to the lowlands.