Longer ski slopes, new ski lifts and dancing snow mobiles – reboot in Czech mountains
Czech ski resorts have not underestimated their preparations for the season and invested nearly 35 million euros in new ski slopes, ski lifts and snow-making technology. All Czech mountains basically have something new prepared. In the north, south, east and west. For advanced skiers, families with children or those who like to alternate skiing with wellness. New slopes are ready in Krkonoše and Lipno, and Klínovec in Krušné hory and the Dolní Morava resort in Orlické hory and Jeseníky also have new features.
The most popular ski resort
The something new at Špindlerův Mlýn in the Krkonoše Mountains is big. The most popular ski resort in the Czech Republic has prepared a new ski lift for visitors that shields them from the wind while they sit on heated seats for six people. It replaces the old ski lift in Svatý Petr. Bubble cars like this go elsewhere in Krkonoše, but let’s stay in Špindlerův Mlýn for the time being. It is also ready for undesirable weather and in the event of a lack of snow, special “showers” will lay a blanket of snow faster than snow cannons. And if you like to combine skiing with wellness, you will find several facilities in Špindlerův Mlýn where you can treat yourself to massages, hot tubs and saunas.
Skiing in Krkonoše
Not far from Špindlerův Mlýn is the resort of Černá hora – Pec, which offers a fair amount of competition. For the new season it has two new ski lifts, new slopes and more kilometers for its cross-country trails. Special bus lines provide more convenience by connecting all five ski points in the Černá hora – Pec resort area. Jánské Lázně, Pec pod Sněžkou, Černý Důl, Velká Úpa and Svoboda nad Úpou all make Černá hora – Pec the largest ski resort in the Czech Republic. And it’s in Jánské lázně where the second bubble car ski lift called Hofmanka Express runs.
Our third tip in Krkonoše is Harrachov ski resort, which is one of the most beautiful. It’s quite possible that you have already heard of it. Harrachov regularly hosts championship ski jumping, even the world championships in 2014. The resort also has a mammoth ski jump – there are only six like it in the world.
Husova Bouda near Pec pod Sněžkou offers a more intimate ski holiday in Krkonoše. Cross-country skiers enjoy their holidays here together with downhill skiers – right at the cottage that marks the beginning of a trail kept regularly groomed for visitors by the locals.
Skiing in the east with dancing snow mobiles
Between Orlické hory and Jeseníky, at the foot of Králický Sněžník, lies Dolní Morava ski resort. In addition to having the latest snow-making technology in the Czech Republic, it also boasts the perfect background for lovers of freestyle or an alternative program they won’t find anywhere else. A new feature is Adventure Night, which offers freestyle exhibition, laser effects, jugglers with fire and snowmobiles. They also think about food in Dolní Morava and have thus prepared a new grill and smokehouse called U Slona (At the Elephant).
Paprsek ski resort is not far from Králický Sněžník and offers you one of the largest snow parks in the Czech Republic. It is ideal for families with children, who will enjoy a toboggan run and rope lifts. Paprsek is surrounded by a cross-country trail measuring 30 kilometers in distance.
Judging by its name, there will be sufficient snow cover at the Beskydy ski resort Bílá (White). Apart from its promising name, the resort attracts visitors to its regularly groomed downhill and cross-country trails. In addition to more than eight kilometers of slopes, the nearby resort of Pustevny offers a unique panoramic view of the Beskydy. The slopes here are good for both beginners and advanced skiers.
New snowy features in South Bohemia
Visitors to Lipno ski resort not far from Český Krumlov will be able to make use of a new ski slope. The resort is traditionally popular with families with children, who come here throughout the year. They come in the summer for hiking and in the winter for easy and pleasant skiing.
The resort of Monínec also has some new features and offers skiers a ride on fun-line. It sells ski passes over the Internet, which makes them cheaper. Skiers with e-ski passes save not only money but also time spent waiting in the queue. Another advantage of Monínec is its location – it takes only a little over an hour to get there from Prague.
And what about in the west?
The electronic sale of ski passes is being introduced in Klínovec in Krušné hory near the border with Germany. It’s no longer necessary to wait at the ticket office because your ski pass will activate with your first pass through the turnstile. The resort management is also preparing a loyalty program. It has invested in developing Klínovec in previous seasons and is now focusing on services and convenience for skiers. Parking and artificial snow-making should also be improved.
Just 65 kilometers from Dresden, Germany, Krušné hory is also home to the family resort Klíny. In addition to four-seat chair lifts, cross-country trails, several slopes of various difficulty, there is also a sports hall with climbing wall.