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  • Accommodation capacity 40 beds (4/2, 5/4, 2/6-bed rooms)
  • Facilities: WC+showers are  common
  • Rooms with cold and hot water, shelves and electric heating
  • Pets allowed
  • Ski rent in winter
  • Kitchen – specialized to Slovak and regional foods; served from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m.
  • Restaurant with TV/SAT, video, free WiFi, access to internet, callcheto, el.arrows, common plays
  • Covered fireplace and grill available for reward
  • Refreshment on terrace or in buffet
  • Children basketball, football and volleyball playground with rental of sport devices
  • Payment by invoice or cards
  • Smoking in the cottage area is strictly forbidden and not tolerated!
  • Under general regulation of Mala Fatra National Park the camping in area of 100 m from the cottage is allowed with consent of the cottage owner - 1 Euro/per night and person is paid to him
  • Visitors are asked to take away their waste; we do not need those to whom this behaviour is not familiar and their waste either; yearly we have approx. 30 000 visitors
 

Tourist attractions in surrounding

 

Climbing on the Mala Fatra ridge

You cannot miss the ridge climbing when you visit the Vratna valley. The most beautiful and accessible part starts at cable chairlift in Snilovske sedlo (1524 m), continues to Chleb (1645 m), to Hromove (1636 m), Steny, Poludnovy Grun (1460 m) to Stohove sedlo (1230 m). From this place the route continues to the peak Stohove (1607 m) and through Medziholie (1185 m) to the most beautiful peak Velky Rozsutec (1609 m). The ridge goes down to saddle Medzirozsutce (1225 m). From there you descend to Horne and Dolne diery (Upper and Lower holes) up to the parking place in village Stefanova. From the hill Poludnovy Grun you can also go down directly to the Cottage on Grun – Chata na Gruni.

 

Janosikove diery (Janoshik´s holes)

Janosikove diery or simply Diery is the system of gorges and canyons in Krivanska Mala Fatra. They are part of Velky Rozsutec area, which is the national natural reservation. Diery are formed from Dolne, Horne and Nove diery (lower, upper and new holes). The holes were formed by Dierovy creek. The instructional footpath is built in Dolne diery. Horne diery are closed in winter time. Janosikove diery are marked and accessible with attractive pavements with gangways, step-ladders and chains. Horne diery are the most beautiful, they have the most water falls and ladders which take you to the saddle Medzirozsutce. From the saddle you can climb to Maly and Velky Rozsutec. Altogether there are 20 lovely water falls in Janosikove diery. Bizarre rock formations with specific climate are home of several interesting kinds of plants and animals.

 

Winter sports

There are two ski lifts near the cottage and slopes with artificial snow, suitable for beginners and experienced challenging skiers.

 

Safety Advice in mountains

 

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Safety in mountains

Injuries and accidents do not meet only others. Do your best to decrease risks in the mountains. You should be aware that by rubbish risk you endanger not only yourself but also other persons who come to help you in case of an accident.

There are several recommendations:

Conclude the health insurance before the journey including tourism and skiing (on marked and open footpaths and downhill pistes/runs). If you plan to move on not marked and open  footpaths and downhill pistes/runs, think about the additional insurance.

 

Recommendations for stay in the mountains

 

  1. Plan your tour properly; assess your physical and psychical health and adapt the tour to the weakest participant; do not forget to take water and wind proof clothes, spare wear such as T-shirt, socks; in case of difficult tour do not forget the map, compass, thermopholie and heaters.???
  2. Inform about the weather forecast, avalanche situation in the area you plan to go.
  3. Tempo adapt to the weakest participant, do not go alone.
  4. Study the map (orientation and marking).
  5. Do not move beyond the marked tourist footpaths and ski runs.
  6. Do not forget the first-aid box and repeat the basis of the first-aid.
  7. Save the most important telephone numbers to your handy (Mountain rescue service – 18300, health service – 112, and ICE „in case of emergency“ contact).
  8. Study the guideline how to orientate in nature (when you lost the way, by fall of avalanche or in case of accident).
  9. Be respectable, do not depreciate the mountains and do not overestimate your capacity.
  10. Respect the mountains and do not leave the waste in nature, save it for the next generation; do not enter the protected areas.
  11. Stay in the fresh air, elevation, cold or hot weather physical effort can increase the energy expenditure that is why you should not miss the breakfast or lunch and think of the drinking regime.

 

Help in case of accident

Never leave the injured person alone. Generally SOS is signalized with acoustic or optical signals repeated 6 times per minute. When you need the help, the signal for the helicopter crew  - raised arms in form of V. When you do not need the help the right hand is aslope raised and the left hand is close to the body.

 

Touristic ten commandments

Choose such destination which corresponds to your capacity and the health. Each activity can be harmful or dangerous when you have a fever or other illness.

Eat food rich in sugars (cookies, bisquits, chocolate, etc.)

Do not forget about the drinking regime.

The first thirty minutes walk slowly, your body has to warm up and adapt to higher effort.

Have a rest each hour, eat something and drink even when you do not feel hunger or thirst. Do not eat pure glucose but complex sugars.

When you are very tired have longer rest or return back with companion. You can be  overcooled or have an acute mountain ilness.

Touristic is suitable also for children or people with chronic diseases. If you are not sure about your trip, consult it with doctor.

Do not forget to take the basic equipment such as sunglasses, gloves cap with shield, matches, candles, hand torch, first-aid box and the map.  

Do not use bags on arms. Rucksack and comfortable leather shoes with a steady sole are the essential. Pack also impermeable anorak or mac. If you plan the tour which is more difficult do not forget to take the replacement underwear and shirts.

Study your tour in the map in advance. Inform about the local weather conditions and weather forecast. If possible, leave message about your trip and planed return to cottage owner.

 

Touristic marking
Most of the touristic footpaths are marked with strip marks of red, blue, green or yellow colours in Slovakia. Marginal strips are white. Each colour has its significance:
Red marks - designate significant touristic routes, long-distance or ridge. They pass through several mountains and sometimes can run even abroad.
Blue marks - designate important touristic routes within one mountain.
Green marks - designate mainly accession touristic footpaths, e.g. from valleys to ridges.
Yellow marks - designate simple routes joining important footpaths, mostly in surroundings of towns or villages.
Arrows are used in places where the footpaths significantly change their direction. Arrows indicate the direction of the route.
Several touristic footpaths can meet in some section. In such case there are several marks in one point. Be careful and follow your mark.
Shorter walking routes in the vicinity of towns or touristic centres are designated with local marks. The marks in form of triangle use one of the mentioned colours.
Apart from strip and local marks there are also semantic marks. They designate side lines (of the main route) which are not longer than 1 km. Ends of the marked route and ends of each side lines are designated with semantic end mark.



Where to look for touristic marks

  • When you come to unknown place, e.g. some village, you should find the start of the touristic marking near the railway station, bus station, squares or in the middle of the village. There used to be also the direction indicators of separate routes indicating their duration.
  • In the field sections you look for the marks on trees, sticks or larger stones.
  • On longer sections without side lines or crossroads you will see the so called relief marks, in principle on each 250 m, informing you that your direction is correct.
  • If you cross a larger meadow with not very marked (evident) footpath, look for the mark on the opposite side of the meadow. It is usually situated on bigger tree or stone. This mark is called „heron“.
  • When you come to the crossroad of paths, continue in the straight direction. If you would not find the mark even in larger distance, return back and try another direction.
  • If you wander along the route with insufficient marking, have the patience. Do not run down the path and do not make experiments. It will certainly lead you to the end of your tour – it will be safer than go to unknown terrain.

 

Ten commandments for skiers

Consideration of other visitors

  • Behave yourself so as not to endanger health or cause any harm to others.


Command of speed and way of  skiing

  • Try to have clear view in front of you during skiing or snowboarding. Adapt the speed to your capacity, condition of terrain or situation on the piste.


Direction of skiing

  • Preference is given to skiers ahead. You must not endanger skier in front of you. Give him enough space to change direction of his skiing.


Getting ahead

  • You can get ahead from the right or left side but you have to leave the skier in front of you enough place for his way of skiing. In case of accident the skier coming from back or side has responsibility.


Entry into the piste and run after the stop

  • By entry into the piste or run after the standing you are obliged to check if there is approaching skier or somebody coming from up or down.


Stoppage and standing

  • You cannot stop unreasonably in closed and not very clear parts of the piste. If you fell down you have to leave such place asap.


Going up and down the piste

  • Use the margin of the piste by ascent or descent.


Respect the marking

  • You are obliged to respect the marking and signals on the piste. Never enter slopes or sections which are closed.


Help by accident

  • You must help people by accident and inform competent person or Mountain rescue service about it.


Identification

  • In case of accident you are obliged to prove your identity to Mountain service.


Other recommendations

  • Check you equipment before entry into the piste.
  • You cannot enter the piste after using alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not enter the piste without helmet!

 

Marking of the pistes
Green – very easy
Blue – easy
Red – challenging
Black – very challenging
Yellow – not maintained, not controlled

Marking out of the pistes
Yellow – small avalanche danger (degree 1-2)
Yellow-black -.... higher avalanche danger (degree 3-4)
Black – very high avalanche danger(degree 5)