Turning point in history

In The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola Janez Vajkard Valvasor describes Bloke skiing. On the plateau and the valley between the Ribnica field and the Cerknica field Bloke skiing began to develop.

Stanko Bloudek was born, yet today the father of Slovenian ski sport. Many disciplines want to claim him, also the representatives of winter sports. The legendary athlete, trainer, constructor ... died in 1959 with an interesting sports heritage left behind.

In the 90’s of the nineteenth century modern skiing began to develop at several places in Slovenia. A number of records and first photos can prove that.

Unofficial group of skiers called DREN was founded.

The pioneer of ski instruction in Slovenia, Rudolf Badjura, visited the Bloke plateau and started with a detailed exploration of this form of skiing. Badjura has done a lot for the ski literature and gave the initiative for the establishment of the first ski club in 1920 in Ljubljana.

First unofficial national championships in ski jumping and cross-country skiing in Bohinj was held.

The Yugoslav winter sports association was founded in Ljubljana.

Two cross-country skiers, Zdenko Švigelj and Vladimir Kajzelj, attended the first Winter Olympic Games (Chamonix, France). Slovenian athletes were then in substantial majority in Yugoslav teams until the independence of Slovenia in 1991

For the first time Planica hosted an international competition in ski jumping. Already two years later the magic border of 100 metres was beaten, and 60 years later more than 200 metres was reached.

The proposal for the astablishment of Ski Association of Slovenia was given by a group of sports enthusiasts in the Yugoslav winter sports federation.

Tone Vogrinec was born. He influenced the development and assertion of competitive Alpine skiing mainly in the last three decades of the 20th century as a competitor, trainer team and ski pool director.


Ski Association of Slovenia was formaly established. Danilo Dougan was elected president.


The Slovenians got their ski jumper on the list of world record holders. On 24th February in Oberstdorf, Joze Šlibar landed at 141 metres. In the same year, two FIS competitions were held in Kranjska Gora and they both historicized as the first Vitranc Cup.

First international competition for Golden Fox took place in Pohorje.

For the first time Planica hosted World Championships in Ski Flying. In subsequent years World Championships in Planica was held for another four times.

As a Yugoslav representative Bojan Križaj reached the first Slovenian victory in slalom. In his career he managed to »collect« eight victories.

In Thunder Bay, Primož Ulaga was happy to reach his first victory in ski jumping. Altogether he managed to »collect« nine victories.

In Schladmig, Boris Strel (giant slalom) and Bojan Križaj (slalom) won the first Slovenian medals at World Championships.

The Olympic Games in Sarajevo were also marked by Slovenian athletes. At the opening ceremony Bojan Križaj swore a solemn oath in the name of the athletes. In Giant slalom Jure Franko reached second place and Slovenia got its first Winter Olympic medal.

With five victories in the season Rok Petrovič won the  Crystal Globe in slalom. Bojan Križaj came second, Mateja Svet, the first female to win in the World Cup competition, came third in Giant slalom.

Bojan Križaj won the Crystal Globe in slalom. At the World Championships in Crans Montana Mateja Svet managed to collect three medals

At Olympic Games in Calgary the Slovenian skiers represented Yugoslavia for the last time. Mateja Svet won silver medal in slalom, Matjaž Debelak won bronze medal in ski jumping (middle hill), ski jumping team: M. Debelak, Tepeš, Zupan and Ulaga won silver medal. Prior Ulaga won silver medal at the Worl Ski Flying Championships. At the end of the season Mateja Svet won the Crystal Globe in Giant slalom.

The best Slovenian female skier, Mateja Svet, became the World Champion in slalom in Vail. In addition, she won a bronze medal in Giant slalom (awarded to her later), Tomaž Čižman surprised with the third place in Super Giant slalom.

On 25th June Slovenia became independent, and Ski Association of Slovenia (SAS) was no longer a part of Yugoslav Ski Association. On 10th November – even before Slovenia was politically acknowledged - SAS was welcomed by FIS.

Franci Petek became the World Champion in ski jumping (middle hill), Nataša Bokal was a runner-up in slalom at the World Championships in Alpine skiing (both representatives of Yugoslavia). At the end of the year they both became the best athletes of the year in independent Slovenia (chosen by Sports Journalists Association).

For the first time in history 25 athletes represented the independent Slovenia at Winter Olympic Games (Albertville, France).

Jure Košir (slalom) and Katja Koren (Super Giant slalom) won the first medals for the independent Slovenia at World Cup competitions.

Olympic Games were held in Lillehammer, also known as the Bronze Age of Slovenian Alpine skiing. Three bronze medals were won: Jure Košir and Katja Koren in slalom and Alenka Dovžan in combined.

1995 was a dream season of Slovenian Alpine skiers. Košir won a silver medal in Giant slalom and a bronze one in slalom and overall standings in the World Cup. Spela Pretnar was third in Giant slalom.

As the first Slovenian female biathlon racer Andreja Grašič stood on the highest podium of the World Cup (Osrblie) and at the end of the season also won first place individually. Urban Franc won a bronze medal at the World Ski Flying Championships in Kulm.

Primož Peterka became the winner of the World Cup in ski jumping overall. He beat the competitors in the classification of flying as well.
The best Slovenian snowboarder Dejan Košir won his first victory.
The foundations of a new discipline within SAS were laid - telemark skiing. David Primožič was the one with great results.

Primož Peterka defended his title of the best ski jumper and won the large Crystal Globe for the second time.

After an exceptional season Špela Pretnar won the Crystal Globe in slalom. In overall Super Giant slalom standings Mojca Suhadolc was third, in overall slalom standings Matjaž Vrhovnik was third as well.

At the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City ski jumping team (Fras, Peterka, Kranjec and Žonta) won a bronze medal.
Portorož hosted a FIS Congress.

In Östersund Janez Marič was the first Slovenian male biathlon racer to win World Cup competition, in Kreischberg Dejan Košir became the World Champion in parallel slalom in snowboarding.

In Obersdorfu Rok Benkovič became world champion on middle hill, his team, including Peterka, Damjan and Bogataj won a bronze medal. At the end of the season, thousands of people witnessed a new world record in Planica, it was 67th in the valley below Ponce. Bjoeren Einer Roemoren landed at 239 metres. Planica once again asserted its important role in ski flying.

Petra Majdič celebrated her first victory in World Cup competitions.
SAS headquarters moved to a more comfortable and larger fascility (from Parmova ulica to Podutiška ulica in Ljubljana).

Petra Majdič was a runner up in sprint. Andrej Jerman became the first Slovenian to win in downhill skiing, which was definitely a revolution for ski fans in Slovenia.
At the world championships in snowboarding in Arosa, Rok Flander won a gold medal in parallel Giant slalom, and came third in parallel slalom.

Petra Majdič won a crystal globe in sprint, Tina Maze celebrated the first Slovenian female victory in downhill, Saša Farič came second in skier cross overall.

An exceptional season of Slovenian »winter princesses«: at the World Championships in Val d'Isere, Tina Maze came second in Giant slalom and was third in overall standings; Petra Majdič won the large Crystal Globe in sprint and was second in overall standings; Teja Gregorin surprisingly won a silver medal at the World Championships in biathlon, Saša Farič came third at X-games.

Unforgettable Olympic Games in Vancouver. Tina Maze won two silver medals (Giant slalom and Super Giant slalom). After falling into an unprotected hole at the course which resulted in broken ribs, Petra Majdič won a bronze medal in sprint and became a Slovenian national heroine. Andrej Šporn came second in a prestige downhill in  Kitzbuehel, Andrej Jerman won in Bormio. The best ski jumpers gathered in Planica at the World Championships in ski flying. More than 82.000 fans cheered Slovenian ski flyers. Robert Kranjec came fifth.

Tina Maze becomes a world champion in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a vice-champion in super combined. She finishes an excellent season with a third place in World cup. Peter Prevc, Jurij Tepeš, Jernej Damjan and Robert Kranjec win bronze in Nordic World Championships in Oslo, same as Petra Majdič in sprint.

Biathletes impress us in World Championships in Ruhpolding. Jakov Fak wins gold in individual race, while the mixed-relay team with Teja Gregorin, Andreja Mali, Klemen Bauer and Jakov Fak takes silver. Also shining are our ski-jumpers, led by Robert Kranjec. He wins gold in Ski-Flying World Championships and together with Damjan, Tepeš and Šinkovec reaches for bronze. Filip Flisar finishes in first place of the overall ski-cross World cup and Tina Maze reaches 10 World cup podiums, finishing second overall.

All-time best season of the SAS. Tina Maze becomes one of the alpine skiing legends with a record breaking 2414 points in World cup season. She reaches the podium 24 times and in the meanwhile in Schaldming becomes Super-G champion and wins silver medals in giant slalom and super combined. In Val di Fiemme Peter Prevc jumps for silver and bronze, Jakov Fak wins bronze in sprint, while Rok Marguč becomes world champion in parallel slalom in Stoneham. Žan Košir reaches three podiums in World cup, Jakov Fak six, while the total number of Slovenian podiums in individual and team ski-jumping competitions is 16. Filip Flisar achieves first and second place in World cup, Rok Perko finishes second in World cup downhill in Val Gardena.

Our athletes amazing achievements continue also this season. Winter in marked with Olympics in Sochi, where Slovenia shines. Tina Maze becomes champion in downhill and in giant slalom, while Žan Košir in Peter Prevc take two medals each, both one silver and one bronze. Teja Gregorin and Vesna Fabjan also reach for the bronze medals, the former in pursuit and the latter in sprint. In World Cup Maze steps on the podium six times, Jakov Fak and Žan Košir three times and Fabjan, Gregorin and Višnar one time. Ski jumpers also have a great season. Peter Prevc wins twice and reaches the top three on seven more occasions and takes bronze in the Ski flying World Championships. Steps on the podium were also taken by Jernej Damjan, Katja Požun, Robert Kranjec and Jurij Tepeš. All together our athletes finish the season with 32 podiums.

A historic season with seven World Championships medals and a record 51 World Cup podiums. Tina Maze becomes downhill and combined champion, Jakov Fak mass start champion and Filip Flisar ski-cross champion. Rok Marguč takes bronze in parallel slalom, Tim-Kevin Ravnjak bronze in halfpipe and Žan Košir silver in parallel giant slalom. Košir demolishes his rivals in the World Cup and wins the Large and both small crystal globes. Tina Maze and Peter Prevc both reach 14 podiums and finish second in the overall standings.

Season of Peter Prevc. He wins everything there is to win. With a record of 2303 points in the World Cup he takes the large crystal globe and on the way wins the 4-Hills tournament and becomes Ski-Flying world champion. He's 22 World Cup podiums are matched by the rest of the ski jumping team in individual and team competitions. Best alpine skiers of the season are Ana Drev and Boštjan Kline who both come in second twice in the World Cup. Rok Marguč and Filip Flisar reach the podium three times, while telemark skier Jure Aleš also takes the podium after finishing third in a World Cup race. Amazing results are also achieved by our young athletes, who take eight medals in World Junior Ski Championships and five medals in Youth Olympic Winter Games. The season ends with a new record of individual World Cup podiums, that is 52.

Alpine skier Ilka Štuhec becomes the heroine of the season. After seven victories and six more World Cup podiums she finishes second in the overall standings and wins small crystal globes for downhill and combined. She confirms her domination in speed events with a gold medal in World Championships downhill race. Three athletes achieve their premiere World Cup victories – Domen Prevc, Boštjan Kline and Anamarija Lampič. Domen even wins four times, Boštjan is the best in downhill and Anamarija in classic sprint. World Junior Championships finish with three individual and three team medals, of which two sets of gold ones.

The biggest event of the winter were the Olympics in PyeongChang where the medallists became Jakov Fak and Žan Košir. Our biathlete won silver in the individual race and snowboarder bronze in parallel giant slalom. The most successful Slovenian athlete in the World Cup was Telemark skier Jure Aleš, who finished his season with eight podium spots. He won three times, was second four times and third one one occasion. In the overall standings he finished fifth, while taking the third places in classic and parallel sprint. Jakov Fak made a great comeback to the World Cup with two second places in pursuit and one third in sprint. Alpine skiers came in third three times, Ana Bucik in combined and Žan Kranjec and Meta Hrovat in giant slalom. Meta also won gold and silver in slalom and combined at the Junior World Ski Championships. Jernej Damjan and Anže Semenič were at the top of the podium in ski jumping, while Peter Prevc and Nika Križnar finished third. Nika also became Junior World Champion while Ema Klinec won silver. Women’s team came home with gold medal as well as our Nordic combined athlete Vid Vrhovnik. Also impressive was the performance of ski jumpers Damjan, Semenič, D. Prevc and P. Prevc. They won silver medal at the team event of the Ski Flying World Championships. Snowboarders Tim Mastnak and Rok Marguč also showed some great performances. Tim finished first and third in parallel giant slalom and Rok second and third in giant slalom and slalom. Filip Flisar also came in third once in ski-cross.

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