|Rateče, SI-4283 Rateče - Planica|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 689 806|
|Managed by||Slovene Sports Museum|
|Institute of Sports of the Republic of Slovenia Planica|
|Jure Žerjav, Head of Nordic Centre Planica|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 635 966|
|Phone||386 (0) 40 229 786|
The history of ski jumping in the Planica Valley starts in the late 1920s, when first considerations to develop the valley into an international sports tourism centre surfaced. Next followed the construction of the first ski jumping hill in 1930. A much bigger one, called the Bloudek Giant (Bloudkova velikanka), was finished in 1934, when it also claimed its first world record. Soon after, the first ever jump over 100 metres took place there, and along with it also a new discipline called ski flying. Until 1950, all but one ski flying world record had been achieved in Planica.
In 1969, another and even more ambitious flying hill was erected. This one followed suit as the prime site for most record lengths until 2005. Together with some exceptional sportsmen, all of this played a significant part in Planica becoming something of a cultural phenomenon in Slovenia.
The Nordic Centre Planica
At the end of 2015, the Nordic Centre Planica was completed and inaugurated. It is a modern Nordic skiing complex that boasts eight newly built or renovated ski jumping and flying hills and caters to cross-country skiing and various summer activities. The three bureaus that handled the architectural dimensions of the project are: A.biro (ski jumps and bridges), STVAR Architects (service and performance buildings, pavilion) and Studio AKKA (landscape, including the lay-out of infrastructure and cross country lanes). For their work, they received the TREND Award 2015 for outstanding achievements in visual creativity.
Permanent collection exhibition
The museum is divided into two parts, each on its own floor. An additional ground floor, freely open for everyone, comprises a few interactive video displays that present and illustrate both the local as well as global histories of ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
The upper two floors deal with the development of ski jumping in Planica and its prime protagonists, the sportsmen as well as the craftsmen. Of the latter, the most important figures are Stanko Bloudek, Ivan Rožman, and the brothers Vlado and Janez Gorišek. The first two are responsible for the Bloudek Giant, and the first floor covers the era of this ski jumping hill (1934–1969). The second floor features the construction of the Gorišek brothers hill, which marks the second era.
The museum collection displays various pieces of ski jumping equipment, different cups and medals, accessories of the aforementioned engineers, some museum specimens of the technology used by Radio-Television Slovenia to transmit the jumps, sport suits worn by Slovenian jumpers, and so on. There is naturally also a series of explanatory texts, pictures, holograms, and videos, many of them gathered in a small reading room.
Of a more interactive nature are simulators of actual ski jumps and, if slightly less physical, of the judging of a ski jumping event. Though not directly a part of the museum, there is also a wind tube that simulates floating.
- Slovene Sports Museum
- Radio-Television Slovenia
- STVAR architects
- Studio AKKA
- Nordic Centre Planica
- Nordic Centre Planica website (in Slovenian)
- Planica Institute of Sports website (in Slovenian)
- A presentation of the Nordic Centre Planica (in English)
- Nordic Centre Planica on Wikipedia
- Stanko Bloudek on Wikipedia
- An extensive collection of archival TV news clips about Planica from 1958 onwards