The Czech mountains are a perfect destination for your family vacation, offering a wide range of activities from skiing to sledding and skating. As you probably know, the Czech Republic doesn't have the highest mountains in Europe, however it has almost 300 ski resorts alongside the country's borders which are tiny compared with those in the Alps or Austria – but cheaper. From beginners to advanced skiers, there is something for everyone!
Krkonoše Mountains (Giant Mountains)
The highest mountains and also the most popular mountains in the Czech Republic are located at the Czech-Polish border near Germany (about 1-2 hour drive north of Prague). Krkonoše has not only the highest mountain in the country (Snežka 1602 m) but also offers more than 600 kilometres of ski runs and cross-country tracks. The main Krkonošská route runs across the entire Giant Mountains, with a length of 71 km.
Špindlerův Mlýn (Spindler's Mill or Špindl in Czech), Harrachov, Pec pod Sněžkou or Jánské Lázně are popular places to enjoy your winter vacation.
For further information see the winter resorts in Krkonoše here.
Jeseníky offers a paradise full of natural treasures and hundreds of well marked routes for skiers in winter and hikers & cyclists in summer. This area with its foothills are about 4 hrs northeast of Prague by car, is one of the more popular ranges in Moravia. The downhill skiing at the Jeseniky slopes is some of the best in the Czech Republic after Krkonoše, and although the area is very popular, it´s a huge range with many resorts, meaning overcrowding usually isn't a problem. The area also receives a lot of snow, especially compared to the Bohemian ranges.
For further information see the winter resorts in Jeseníky here.
If you're new to skiing and riding, head further west, by the German-Austrian border to the mountains of Šumava. These mountains here have a lower elevation, but the resorts are cheaper & less crowded. The area is ideal for families and intermediate skiers / beginners because of easier slopes. Zadov-Churáňov, Železná Ruda–Špičák and Lipno Kramolín make up the ski areas of Šumava. Snowboarders have their own area within the confines of Zadov, while cross-country enthusiasts have more than 150 kilometers of trails to choose from.
For further information see the winter resorts in Šumava here.
Krušné Mountains (Ore Mountains)
The Krušné hory Mountains is the longest Czech mountain range stretching along the Czech-German border and this region is famous as an area of spas. Besides busy spa centres in the Ore Mountains (known as „Thermal Triangle" aka spa towns of Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně), the region also offers a dense network of trails, including an extensive cross country skiing network and downhill ski slopes for all winter sports. Again, the areas' terrain of easy and moderate runs will appeal mainly to beginners and families with children. If you'd arrive to one of the local winter resorts, you would have an opportunity to give a try to snowtubing, snowkiting and snowshoeing. There is a lot of great winter fun waiting for you.
For further information see the winter resorts in Krušné Hory here.
Orlický Mountains (Eagle Mountains)
The Orlicky mountains invite skiers to the resorts of Deštná and Říčky. Some 80 kilometers of cross-country trails run through the Orlický mountains. One of the more unusual events held here is the Šediváčkův long dog-sled race.
For further information see the winter resorts in Orlický Mountains here.
This sports and recreation complex is easily accessible from Prague (about 80 km south) and is referred as the little Alps in the heart of Bohemia. This ski resort is for those who are looking for a casual skiing & fun and offers also night skiing from 6pm till 9 pm.
Please note: The author is not a winter person, all above mentioned places are known by hearsay or by short visit. If you have any advices or ideas to improve this article, I'm all ears!
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