The first ever World Winter Masters Games will be held in Bled Jan. 25-31, 2010.

The WWMG 2010 is for all athletes older than 25. Competitors will be made up of former Olympic champions, world champions, athletes, and sports lovers.

More than 2000 people from 42 countries have already registered to be part of this season's biggest multi-sport event for recreational atheletes. The deadline for registration has been extended to Dec. 25.

The WWMG 2010 will take place in Slovenia's lakeside town of Bled with Alpine skiing competitions in Kranjska Gora, ski jumping in Planica, and cross-country skiing in Pokljuka. Each of these venues also hosts annual World Cup competitions.

The WWMG 2010 events are organised by the International Masters Games Association, which aims to promote lifelong competition, friendship, and understanding between mature sportspeople, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or sport status.

Slovenia is one of the smallest countries in Europe (roughly the size of Wales) and is also one of the youngest, having joined the EU in 2004. The best known ski centre in Slovenia is Kranjska Gora, which hosts the annual World Cup men's slalom and giant slalom competition.

Kranska Gora is set in the Julian Alps, surrounded by vast forests. The ski area is suitable for all levels: beginners will enjoy the slopes and trails in Kranska Gora and Gozd Martuljek, while experts tackle the more demanding Podkoren trail.

Other Slovenian ski areas include Maribor Phorje, Mount Kanin, Kravavec, Rogla, Golte, and Cerkno.

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