The Venue

The 2019 Academy
will be held from 2rd to 7th November

at the Kompas Hotel in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

The information on how to register are available here

©Kompas Hotel

Kranjska Gora is a town in northwestern Slovenia. It lies between the Karawanke Range (north), the Julian Alps (south), the city of Jesenice (east) and the river Sava (west). It’s got a total population of around 1500 people.

The town is best known as a winter sports town. Every year there is a FIS Alpine Ski World Cup series (known as Vitranc Cup) for the slalom ang giant slalom events. There is also the jumping hill and Nordic centre Planica in the Tamar Valley nearby. At Planica there are FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Finals every year in March and it has a very special place in the heart of Slovenians.

Kranjska Gora was first mentioned in the 14th century. One of the most historic places is the Russian Chapel on the Vršič Pass. It is a Russian orthodox chapel which was built during World War I by Russian prisoners of war, who were engaged in forced labor. The prisoners were building a military road across Vršič. In 1916 an avalanche buried about 110 prisoners and 7 guards. Now it serves as a war memorial and as a symbolic link between Slovenia and Russia.

Another interesting and beautiful place to visit is Ajdovska deklica, the Pagan Girl. The Pagan Girl is a face in the cliffs, and it is linked with a legend of a “mythical creature, Ajdovska deklica, prophesied to the son of a hunter that he will shoot the Goldhorn. Other heathen women got upset because of this inadmissible prophecy and turned the prophetess into a rock”, as it says on Kranjska Gora official page (https://www.kranjska-gora.si/en/sightseeing/natural-sights/view-points/ajdovska-deklica). It can be seen from the viewpoint at Poštarski dom at the top of Vršič or from the Erjavec mountain cabin.

Kranjska Gora also has a gorgeous lake called Jasna, which is also a Slovenian womanly name. It’s made of two artificial lakes, it’s got crystal clear water, and it offers a beautiful view on the mountains. By the lake there is also a bronze statue of an Ibex.

There is also a bunch of waterfalls nearby, for example Peričnik waterfall, Nadiža waterfall, the Lucifer waterfall, Martuljek waterfalls and the Black Waters waterfall.

We hope you will enjoy the beautiful town of Kranjska Gora and we’re looking forward to see you there!