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126/103/118 | $559 Atomic’s bro-hood continues with this stable, quick, floaty ski. While it’s slightly too soft for high-speed run-outs, testers…

From the ramparts of the medieval Ljubljana Castle, which lords over Slovenia’s capital, you can see the city’s distinctive red roofs marching out to the horizon.

124/88/111 | $575 Comfortable in any turn radius, the Dawn Patrol is forgiving enough for intermediate skiers, but still quick and agile enough for…

Kranjska Gora is Slovenia’s best known—and most modernized—ski resort. Every year its craggy steeps make or break World Cup GS racers.

124/99/115 | $496 A slimmer, snappier, damper version of the Bro (left), the Janak is a go-anywhere, do-anything ski that rockets through crud and…

Pri Vitezu restaurant is one of the oldest and most famous in Ljubljana.

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Merchants’ stalls await customers in front of Kranjska Gora’s church.

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Snowboarders, after riding at one of the four ski resorts that pepper the area’s 9,000 foot peaks, hike back to Bohinj.

125/82/110 | $700  The narrow-waisted Snow Eagle isn’t quite as versatile off-piste as some skis here, but it’s a rally car on the groomers—and…

In a sport with so little mystery left—where cheery mountain hosts in bright uniforms give you all the answers—I’m craving a little mystery. I want to ride a creaky double and make my way down on real snow.

115/84/105 | $699 Carbon-fiber skis are supposed to be light and weak. Not these. The Stelvio Freeride especially surprised testers with its ability…

I’m not in a hurry. The western countryside, riven as it is by snowy, 9,000-foot peaks and the stubborn geometry of hayfields, gives visitors little choice.

122/80/108 | $600 This all-mountain cruiser handled any terrain we threw at it. It’s a forgiving and light stick that was shockingly easy to turn,…

Bled’s four-star hotel Toplice.

126/95/115 | $660 The Chupacabra motors through variable snow with no hesitation. Its wide platform provides stability in mank, but it gets hung up…

Approaching Bled, I caught a glimmer of the town’s picture-postcard lake.

124/88/111 | $574 Telemarkers have been riding the Work Stinx as long as they’ve been eating granola and smelling horrible. This veteran doesn’t…

To ski in Slovenia is to get back to the sport’s roots. So don’t be surprised if your après-ski shuttle has horns and a cousin named Rudolph.

120/88/108 | $550 This ski powers through chop, powder, and corn. Thanks to a lightweight build, it’s quick on the up.Plus: No need to drive this…

Down in the valley, thatch-roofed farmhouses glided by, lit from inside by fireplace embers. The smell of wood smoke was heavy. The snow fell in packets.

122/86/108 | $575 The soft shovel on the finesse-oriented Spire gets bucked in chop, but it has the agility to navigate steeps.Plus: Light swing…

For authentic fare, head to Pri Martinu at the center of Kranjska Gora, or Pri Hrvatu in Bohinj.

123/89/111 | $600 Very nearly Best in Test, the Spitfire received glowing reviews about its predictability and even flex. It scored top honors in…

The uphill ride takes about 20 minutes (including 2 transfers) and gives me flashbacks to Killington circa 1979.

126/93/114 | $700 Winning merits for its performance in powder, the thick-in-the-middle Saint rivals many big-mountain skis with its ability to…

To say that the lifts are not brand new is kind. And there’s not a lot of snowmaking above the first chairs.

123/88/112 | $550 Built for tight turning, the Voodoo serves up an energetic and lively ride. Tele testers liked it most in the bumps.Plus: Soaks up…

A ski jumper at the world-famous Planica ski jump.

127/86/113 | $585 It snared the highest scores for stability at speed, long turns, and hard-snow pleasure. The RT 86 also turned effortlessly and…

These pipes were handmade from Triglav’s mythical spruce trees.

125/88/111 | $530 These hardpack-gripping skis lay railroad tracks, stomp landings, and turn swiftly on pretty much anything, making them ideal for…

Bridges over the Ljubljanica River date back to Roman times.

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Legend has it that 300 years ago, Antonio Stradivari, regarded as the finest violin maker ever, sourced his resonant spruce from the Triglav forest.

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The Gostilna Lectar Inn, en route to Kranjska Gora in the medieval town of Radovljica, offers hearty traditional fare.