So you think we have a debate going about MPC in West Virginia? Imagine if you weren't even allowed to ski *in* the trees on the Allegheny Front, much less cut them down. Sheesh!
1. He mentioned that a cold front was coming in from Russia. Weather in Europe moves West to East.
2. He also claimed that the High Tatras extend all the way to Romania. The High Tatras are the smallest high mountain range in the world. These mountains form part of the border between Poland and Slovakia but do not cross into any other countries. It is the Carpathian arch that extends from the Czech Republic into Romania (the Tatras are a subset of the Carpathian Arch).
Hiking and skiing outside of marked trails in the High Tatras National Park (both in Poland and Slovakia) is only permitted with a certified UIAGM mountain guide: www.tatry.sk.
The Slovak and Polish National Park system was established to protect a fragile environment and not for skiing. Therefore, skiing is very limited there. Most slopes are relatively short and not very steep. Better skiing can be found in Jasna in the Low Tatras and places like:
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Roger, this is the one to go to next time you are in that neighborhood.
Comparing skiing in Slovakia to the Alps is like comparing New Hampshire to Colorado. Sure, there's some good runs in NH, but the skiing does not compare to CO in terms of most major measures such as snow conditions, lifts, vertical, etc.
I tell people not to expect St. Anton or Ischgl when visiting Slovakia. Interestingly, the people who seem most interested in going are UK and German tourists looking for cheap accomodations, food, and beer. For them, the skiing is secondary. They just want a fun place in the mountains to hang out and Slovakia works well in that regard.
But for a serious-minded American skier, I'd never recommend going to Slovakia over Austria. It's apples vs. oranges.