A winter holiday in the Czech Alps

Hip new skis and shoes are on hire and are very comfortable when it comes to ski boots. The cable car has recently been renewed and the other ski lift even has heating. In the Giant Mountains in the North of the Czech Republic it is nice to stay in the snow for an attractive price. Five plus points for a winter sport in the Giant Mountains.

1. Affordable

The well-filled mushroom soup kulajda costs three euros. The perfect meal for a cold winter day. If you are still hungry then you can buy a schnitzel for about five euros. Have a nice lunch at noon and have a drink at the end of the day for these prices. The ski passes and rental equipment are also considerably lower than in other Alpine countries. A six-day ski pass for the Černá hora-Pec ski area costs around 150 euros and for children you pay a little over a hundred euros. For this price you can use 41 lifts and there is more than 40 kilo-meters of slopes.

2. Large selection of ski areas

The prices are certainly attractive but also important: How are the ski areas? The Giant Mountains are the highest mountains in the Czech Republic and here you will find seven of the ten highest mountain peaks in the country. There are 25 ski resorts in the Giant Mountains and together they offer more than 170 kilo-meters of skiing fun. The ski resort Černá hora-Pec is the largest area in the Czech Republic and offers 43.5 km of ski slopes. Buses connect the slopes with each other and you can take a ride with a snowcat – a pistachio rebuilt into a train. The ski resorts are similar to those in the Alps, the Czech ski resorts are only less elevated – on average 600-1400 meters – making it less snow-secure. If the temperatures are not favourable for winter sports, there is an extensive system of artificial snow making. Snow fun is guaranteed.

3. Modern lifts and new facilities

Major investments are being made in the Czech ski areas. In Černá hora and Pec pod Sněžkou two new cable cars have been built and in Špindl there is a new six-person lift with heating. Especially with a cold winter day that is fine, because it can sometimes be cold. The Czech Republic has a continental climate and that means warm summers and cold winters. Especially in the mountains it regularly snows and temperatures below zero are not uncommon. In addition to new lifts, there are regularly extended pistes, new mountain restaurants or extra facilities for children, such as in Svoboda nad Úpou where a children’s park with rollover and children’s lift has come.

4. Winter activities for young and old

A cosy cottage or just a hotel in one of the cosy villages. There is plenty of choice. Relax after an active day on the slopes? At hotels is often the opportunity to enjoy a massage or wellness and that for a nice price. In many ski resorts in the Giant Mountains are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops, the ski resort Špindlerův Mlýn is even called Czech Aspen. Children can have fun in Aquapark Špindl or visit the Lego Museum. A nice challenge is to climb the 14 meter high ice wall in Špindlerův Mlýn. Fear of heights. Stay with both feet on the ground and opt for a nice walking tour. A ride with the dog sled is also recommended, just as with the sleigh down roasting. From the summit Černá hora (1299 m) there is a sled route of 3.5 km. In Janské Lázně there is a tree crown path from where you have a magnificent view over the treetops.

5. For beginners and winter sports enthusiasts with some experience

For families with children and beginners, the Czech Republic is an excellent winter sports destination. The ski areas in the Giant Mountains and the rest of the Czech Republic are small and well organized. You can easily find each other and if someone wants to go up one more time, you do not have to wait for hours. Moreover, the slopes are predominantly blue, there are many practice slopes and certified ski and snowboard instructors who speak English or German. Even winter sports enthusiasts with some experience will get their money’s worth in the Giant Mountains. Try a FUNpark, the slalom course with time measurement in Jablonec nad Jizerou or choose the black run in Harrachov. The Czech Republic offers mountain and winter lovers a wide variety of options.

More info: winter.czechtourism.com