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Skiing in Czechia: Over 200 Ski Areas to Enjoy

Czechia, also known as the Czech Republic, is recognized for its cold winters and snow. However, what few know is that it has over 200 ski areas spread across its entire territory.

Its a landlocked sovereign country in Central Europe. It shares borders with Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east, and Poland to the north. Prague serves as both its capital and largest city. The Czech Republic is comprised of the historical regions of Bohemia and Moravia, along with a small part of Silesia. It stands as one of the twenty-seven sovereign states within the European Union.

In terms of geography, Czechia hosts various mountain ranges: Sudetes, Ore Mountains, Sumava, Carpathians, Bohemian Moravian Highlands. Its highest peak is Sněžka, rising to 1,603.3 meters (5,260 feet).

If you seek a budget-friendly skiing destination or a place to learn skiing before indulging in the famous Pilsner beers and trying the most popular dish, vepřo-knedlo-zelo, then perhaps Czechia is the place for you. Your investment here would certainly be more justified than opting for a chic ski resort in the Alps like Courchevel or Zermatt.

A surprising fact about Czechia (apart from being the country with the highest per capita beer consumption) is that it has around 2,000 castles and palaces, one of the highest per capita counts in the world. Also it is home to the largest ancient castle complex in the world: the impressive Prague Castle. However, another equally surprising but less known fact is its abundance of more than 200 ski areas (according to different sources between 200 and 300), and in a country where huge mountains and high altitudes do not predominate, this number is substantial! Therefore, it could be said that it is one of the countries with the most ski areas per capita worldwide.

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These numerous areas offer just what is needed for a great skiing experience: 1 or 2 ski lifts, some offering skiing lessons for beginners, equipment rentals, and a small bar/restaurant to avoid carrying food from home. They are mainly frequented by local skiers and domestic tourists. However, if you plan to tour the Czech Republic and explore its history and nature, we recommend carrying your skis in the car and trying skiing whenever you pass by one of these ones!

In addition to these small, predominant ski areas, Czechia is home to internationally renowned ski resorts that are much more extensive. They are mainly found on the borders with Germany (Ore Mountains) and Poland (Sudetes), where the terrain reaches higher altitudes than the rest of the country. The three main ones are: Černá Hora–Pec, Skiareál Klínovec and Špindlerův Mlýn.

Černá Hora–Pec

Černá Hora–Pec stands as the largest ski area within the Czech Republic, offering access to 50 kilometers of ski slopes through a single ski pass. Comprising six interconnected ski areas – Černá hora, Pec pod Sněžkou, Černý Důl, Malá Úpa, Velká Úpa, and Svoboda nad Úpou – each section provides slopes of various difficulty levels. The resort includes extended slopes, reaching up to three kilometers, along with designated zones suitable for younger skiers and beginners. Visitors can use official services such as ski schools, equipment rentals and sports shops. The resort is approximately 180 kilometers away from Prague.

Skiareál Klínovec

A modern ski resort in the Czech Republic offering 31.5 kilometers of slopes, 11 lifts, 5 chairlifts and 5 children’s conveyor belts. The complex offers free parking and excellent accessibility: it is located 120 kilometers from Prague, 100 kilometers from Pilsen and just 15 kilometers from Karlovy Vary. In addition, it has ski schools and equipment rental services. The resort offers a direct connection to the neighboring ski area of Fichtelberg in Germany, granting access to 47 kilometers of slopes by ski pass. Convenient transportation is provided by a free ski bus that runs every 10 minutes from Klínovec to Fichtelberg and back.

Špindlerův Mlýn

Located in the Krkonoše Mountains in northern Bohemia, Špindlerův Mlýn is a major Czech ski resort. With 6 chairlifts and 11 ski lifts in Špindlerův Mlýn (Svatý Petr, Hromovka, Medvědín, Labská) and in Horní Mísečky, it offers a total of 27 kilometers of slopes. Most of the slopes are equipped with snow production systems. This place has been the training ground of olympic medalist (alpine skiing and snowboarding!) Ester Ledecká. It is about 150 kilometers from Prague.