Planica (Slovene pronunciation: [plaˈnìːtsa])[1] is an Alpine valley in northwestern Slovenia, extending south from the border village of Rateče, not far from another well-known ski resort, Kranjska Gora. Further south, the valley extends into the Tamar Valley, a popular hiking destination in Triglav National Park.

View of Planica from Mt. Ridge Point (Slemenova špica)
View of the Planica Nordic Centre from Mt. Ciprnik (July 2016)

Planica is famous for ski jumping.[2] The first ski jumping hill was constructed before 1930 at the slope of Mount Ponca. In 1933, Ivan Rožman constructed a larger hill, known as the Bloudek Giant (Bloudkova velikanka) after Stanko Bloudek, which later gave rise to ski flying. The venue was completed in 1934.[3] The first ski jump over 100 metres (330 ft) in history was achieved at the hill in 1936 by Sepp Bradl.[4] At the time, it was the biggest jumping hill in the world.

In 1969, a new K185 hill, the Gorišek Brothers Flying Hill (Letalnica bratov Gorišek) was built by Vlado and Janez Gorišek.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Slovenski pravopis 2001". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ Perko, Drago; Ciglič, Rok; Zorn, Matija (2019). The Geography of Slovenia: Small But Diverse. Cham: Springer. p. 347.
  3. ^ "Bloudkova velikanka". travel-slovenia.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  4. ^ Terzič, Gregor (22 March 2019). "V Planici prvi skok čez 100 in 200 metrov, rekorder Poljak Kamil Stoch pri 251,5 metra". Dnevnik (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  5. ^ Bertoncelj, Maja; Ahačič, Marjana (22 March 2019). "Petdeset let lepotice pod Poncami". Gorenjski glas (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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Coordinates: 46°28′37″N 13°43′20″E / 46.47694°N 13.72222°E / 46.47694; 13.72222