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The Czech Republic has also become popular among fans of winter sports. Mountain centres are available for them here with top class facilities, high quality downhill and cross-country routes, as well as bobsled runs. Most winter centres in the Czech Republic are located in national parks or protected landscape areas and their height above sea level is an average of 1,000 metres. Several international competitions are also held in the Czech Republic: the Ski Jumping World Cup in Harrachov, the Golden Ski in Nové Město na Moravě or the Jizerská 50 cross-country race, which will be held for the 48th time in 2015. We must also mention that the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships were held in Liberec in 2009.

Ještěd mountain / © Milan DrahoňovskýCross-country skiing in Jizera Mountains / © Milan DrahoňovskýFunpark in Giant Mountains
View from Ještěd / © Jan StrakošSnowboarding in Harrachov / © Radek DrahnýWinter sports below the Sněžka Mountain / © Radek Drahný
Ice-skating track on Lipno Lake, ŠumavaŠpindlerův Mlýn, Giant MountainsPustevny, Beskids / © Ing. Lubomír Čech

The highest ridges of the Giant Mountains provide beautiful views over the surrounding area and offer superb opportunities for cross-country runs and trekking. Ski centres offer visitors a wide range of possibilities for traditional downhill skiing and also for snowboarding. Some centres have specially separated downhill runs for snowboarding with ramps. Every centre also offers high quality rental and repair of skis and ski courses led by instructors in English and in German, which children and adults alike can take advantage of. Several centres also offer attractive evening skiing on a daily basis. Here is a summary of the best known ski centres in the Czech Republic.

Giant Mountains
These are the highest and most famous Czech mountains. The highest mountain in the Czech Republic, Sněžka, can be found here and measures 1,602 m. It is not however possible to ski on this as it is located in the protected zone of the Krkonoše National Park. The Giant Mountains offer superb conditions for downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing.

Main ski centres: Špindlerův Mlýn, Pec pod Sněžkou, Harrachov and Rokytnice nad Jizerou. Tip for snowboarders: Prkenný důl – Žacléř location.

Eagle Mountains
Ideal terrain for downhill skiing as well as for trekking and skibob. Ski centres: Říčky, Deštné.

Jizera Mountains
Superb, especially for cross-country skiing – the best known runs for cross-country skiing include Ski Areál Bedřichov. Špičák is a popular downhill run.

Ore Mountains
Downhill runs: Klínovec, Boží Dar

Šumava is ideal for cross-country runs. The best known centres include Zadov.

Ski centres: Praděd, Červenohorské sedlo.

The longest Czech mountain range is home to several ski centres: Lysá hora and Pustevny.

Points of interest
In the Czech Republic, you can also ski on the peak of Ještěd, on which a unique building awarded by the International Union of Architects rises into the sky. You can get to Ještěd by cable car directly from the city of Liberec. A building dating back to the sixties which you cannot fail to miss stands proud at the summit, waiting to be entered on the UNESCO list. You will find here a top class restaurant and unusual accommodation in a three-star hotel situated at a height of 1,120 m above sea level. You can ski on the slopes of Ještěd in the modern Ještěd Ski Centre. The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships were held here in 2009.


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