A lot has changed since the first time I skied in Planica at an OPA Cup event in 2007.
For US skiing, it’s a special venue. Tazlina Mannix won that 2007 event: an indication for many US skiers that winning in Europe is possible. In 2019, Julia Kern scored her first World Cup podium in Planica.
At World Championships this week, a bronze in the Team Sprint for Kern and Jessie Diggins, and a gold for Diggins in the 10 km Freestyle made more history for the US in Slovenia’s famous Planica venue.
I love bringing Lumi Experiences groups to the World Cup and World Championship events, so that guests can experience the unique atmosphere of international racing in person. I knew this World Championships in Planica would be a special week, both for the racing, but also for the atmosphere at the venue and the cultural activities in the corner of Europe where Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. Sprinkle in busloads for Norwegians, Swedes, Finns (and even Americans!) and you have a recipe for an exciting international event.
Sandwiched between the American Birkebeiner and the Engadin Ski Marathon, I could only join our groups for three days in Slovenia, but they turned out to be incredible. Here are a few highlights from the week…
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The first week trip was also a Lumi Experiences fundraiser to support the Trail to Gold Fellowship. The proceeds from the trip helped make a $4,000 donation to support this program, started by the National Nordic Foundation and Women Ski Coaches Association to help get more women coaches to the World Cup.
The Trail To Gold Fellowship was inspired by the book: Trail to Gold: The Journey of 53 Women Skiers; a collective effort by a community of women skiers to tell each other’s stories, and in doing so, set a track for the next generation of US skiers to find success based on the themes and values represented by those who came before them. The net proceeds from the book go towards the Trail to Gold Fellowship and provided the initial funding for the project. The book offers an excellent history of US women’s cross country skiing and is an inspiring read.
Since 2018, Lumi Experiences is thrilled to donate over $20,000 to the National Nordic Foundation in an effort to support cross country skier development in the United States through Lumi’s cross country ski vacations to World Cup and World Championships events.
If you think Slovenia & Italy look beautiful in winter, you should see them in the summertime! How about joining us for the Factory Tour trip this August, where you can ski on the Dachstein Glacier, glide through the Planica Ski Tunnel, see how skis are made and hike in Slovenia’s stunning Julian Alps?
If you’d prefer to join a trip to Italy next winter to cheer on your favorite athletes at the Tour de Ski, email Garrott to get the trip itinerary as soon as it’s available. Plus, save $300 / person when you sign up for any 2024 Lumi Experiences trip by March 31!
See you on the trail,