Never stop having fun: adrenaline sledding in the Alps

There are days when I wake up and just need to do something crazy, something extraordinary. With that in mind, my husband and I took a few hours off work yesterday and drove to the Ljubelj Pass or Loibl Pass, one of our favorite starting points in Slovenia for hiking and other outdoor activities. This time we choose adrenaline sledding down from the oldest road pass in Europe at 1,370 m (4,490 ft) with a 320 m (1,045 ft) downhill descent and an average slope between 10-15%. We (and by “we” I actually mean “I”) dragged the sleds up all the way to the hut, enjoyed a cup of tea on a sunny terrace overlooking white mountains in the Karawanks chain, and then sled down exhilarated like two small children. 🙂

Here is a video of our sledding adventure and a few photos of the scenic hike. Enjoy!

Sledding down from the mountain pass Ljubelj, 1.370 m (4,490 ft). Elevation drop: 320 m (1,045 ft). Length of the trail: 2,5 km (1.55 mi). Average slope: 10-15%. Fun level: 100% 🙂

The scenic trail to the hut on the old road pass between Slovenia and Austria.
The scenic trail to the old road pass between Slovenia and Austria starts from the parking next to the main road to the Ljubelj Tunnel.

Going up to the old Ljubelj Pass.
The trail to the old Ljubelj Pass overlooks the longest massif in Slovenia, Košuta.

A beautiful day in the mountains. On the way to the Ljubelj Pass.
It was a beautiful day in the mountains – sunny and covered with a think blanket of new snow.
Mt. Košutica in the background.
Mt. Košutica in the background.
The hut at the Ljubelj Pass, 1,370 m (4,490 ft), with astonishing panoramic views over high mountains. Mt. Begunjščica in the background.
The hut at the Ljubelj Pass, 1,370 m (4,490 ft), with astonishing panoramic views over high mountains. Mt. Begunjščica in the background.
Mt. Košutica and the Košuta massif seen from the old Ljubelj Pass.
The road to the old Ljubelj Pass is perfect for sledding – it’s wide, its average slope is 10-15%, and it is secured with guardrails.
The hut at the Ljubelj Pass (Loibl Pass)
The sun is getting stronger and stronger. Soon, the snow will be a thing of the past…

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