Ski Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is not terribly well known internationally for its downhill ski areas, but there are in fact more than 100 of them stretching across the country, the largest of which have at certain times made it in to international tour operators' brochures attracting skiers from across Europe.

It  is particularly popular to ski the Czech Republic amongst German skiers who pop over the border to enjoy lower prices and in some cases better ski slopes than they find in Germany. It’s also possible for skiers based anywhere in Europe to fly in to one of the Czech Republic’s airports on a low cost airline and find a small ski hill within a few kilometres.

Particular popular Czech ski resorts for German skiers and boarders include Železná Ruda Špičák, one of the largest ski centres in the Czech Republic and located very close to the German border.

It also has more challenging terrain than most of the country’s resorts including the Spicák sector with several kilometres of steep runs, linked by a ski bus to the other slopes.

There have been downhill ski slopes in the Czech Republic for more than a century but few have developed beyond a few drag lifts in a village meadow, most of them run by separate local owners, so common lift passes are a rarity.

There are several larger Czech ski resorts which have invested money in new lifts over the past few decades since the stagnation of the ‘communist block’ era has moved further in to the past.

The country’s largest is Špindlerův Mlýn, a scattered community centred around the old village of St. Peters, located in the central Krkonose Mountains, about 140 km (90 miles) from Prague. It has a beautiful Baroque church (1807) and was once popular with Franz Kafka and more recently the tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

One of the highest ski areas in the country and also with the longest slopes over a near 500m vertical and more lifts than most others including several modern chairlifts, there are two local ski areas. The highest ski area is Horni Misecky and snow cover is usually good to late April, with recent investment in snowmaking making up for any natural deficiencies if they ever occur. 

Pec pod Sněžkou is another of the Czech Republic's most famous resorts, located by Snezka (Snow) Mountain, the country's highest peak (1602m). Originally an iron mining town, tourism became more popular after the first World War and the first drag lift was installed more than 70 years ago. It has a dozen lifts, most of them drags, and a single challenging black run, the 600m long Hnědý vrch II descent.

Rokytnice nad Jizerou in the Jizera river valley offers skiing on Lysa Hora (the bald mountain), close to Harrachov.  It has the most lifts and one of the greatest vertical differences between its highest and lowest lifts but these are spread over four separate ski areas surrounding the small resort. There’s night skiing here to 9pm and some of the longest pistes in the country at up to 3.2km.
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Czech Republic: latest snow conditions round-up


CZECH REPUBLIC / SLOVAKIA REPORT We're down to about 10% of Czech and Slovak ski areas still operating, of course the bigger resorts. Most have now closed their lower runs as spring gathers pace but still have 40-70% of their overall terrain open on the upper mountain. The past week has seen cooler temperatures than many other parts of mainland Europe, with subzero temperatures on high runs and valleys only getting to +6C, but with thin cover, the spring thaw is still making rapid progress.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest area, Slovakia's Jasna (30/60cm / 12/24"), still has the most open, about two-thirds of its full terrain.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Czech Republic. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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A–J

K–Q R–Z

Ski resorts in Czech Republic from A to J

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(710m — 802m)

Bedřichov webcam
4 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 756 m
2700m 2650m 2750m 2700m 2600m

(610m — 970m)

3.0 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 790 m
2700m 2600m 2750m 2600m 2500m

(518m — 774m)

4 cm
35 days ago
part cloud thunderstorm light rain rain showers thunderstorm
Mid station 646 m
2750m 3050m 3000m 2650m 2650m

(589m — 869m)

2.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud thunderstorm light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 729 m
2600m 2550m 2700m 2750m 2750m

(850m — 1135m)

3.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud thunderstorm light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 992 m
2550m 2500m 2600m 2750m 2750m

(630m — 750m)

2.0 cm
38 days ago
thunderstorm thunderstorm mod rain rain showers rain showers
Mid station 690 m
2650m 2850m 2900m 2650m 2450m

(610m — 802m)

1.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain mod rain
Mid station 706 m
2550m 2500m 2550m 2750m 2800m

(750m — 958m)

Čenkovice webcam
3.0 cm
39 days ago
rain showers rain showers mod rain light rain rain showers
Mid station 854 m
2700m 2800m 2850m 2550m 2450m

(682m — 787m)

4 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 734 m
2650m 2650m 2750m 2650m 2550m

(600m — 1001m)

3.0 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 800 m
2750m 2600m 2800m 2550m 2500m

(600m — 985m)

3.0 cm
39 days ago
rain showers rain showers mod rain light rain rain showers
Mid station 792 m
2700m 2800m 2850m 2550m 2450m

(840m — 1165m)

1.0 cm
35 days ago
thunderstorm thunderstorm mod rain rain showers rain showers
Mid station 1002 m
2650m 2850m 2900m 2700m 2500m

(395m — 545m)

2.0 cm
39 days ago
rain showers light rain mod rain light rain rain showers
Mid station 470 m
2700m 2800m 2850m 2550m 2450m

(650m — 740m)

České Petrovice webcam
1.0 cm
38 days ago
rain showers light rain mod rain light rain rain showers
Mid station 695 m
2700m 2800m 2850m 2600m 2450m

(630m — 800m)

2.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 715 m
2600m 2550m 2650m 2800m 2750m

(390m — 520m)

2.0 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 455 m
2700m 2650m 2750m 2650m 2550m

(610m — 850m)

3.0 cm
39 days ago
rain showers light rain mod rain light rain rain showers
Mid station 730 m
2700m 2750m 2800m 2550m 2450m

(428m — 478m)

Dlouhoňovice webcam
1.0 cm
39 days ago
rain showers light rain mod rain light rain rain showers
Mid station 453 m
2700m 2800m 2850m 2500m 2450m

(610m — 760m)

3.0 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 685 m
2750m 2600m 2800m 2550m 2500m

(650m — 1140m)

1.0 cm
35 days ago
rain showers rain showers mod rain light rain rain showers
Mid station 895 m
2650m 2800m 2850m 2600m 2450m

(480m — 550m)

Fajtův Kopec webcam
2.0 cm
on 22 Jan
part cloud thunderstorm light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 515 m
2700m 2750m 2800m 2450m 2450m

(675m — 890m)

1.0 cm
35 days ago
thunderstorm thunderstorm mod rain rain showers rain showers
Mid station 782 m
2650m 2850m 2900m 2700m 2500m

(650m — 1020m)

snow report 7 days ago

opens in 192 days 1.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 835 m
2700m 2650m 2750m 2650m 2500m

(540m — 1019m)

3.0 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 780 m
2700m 2600m 2750m 2600m 2500m

(300m — 380m)

1.0 cm
on 7 Feb
thunderstorm thunderstorm mod rain light rain light rain
Mid station 340 m
2750m 2900m 2900m 2600m 2500m

(630m — 1315m)

snow report 7 days ago

opens in 199 days 1.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 972 m
2700m 2600m 2750m 2600m 2500m

(1000m — 1235m)

Horní Mísečky - Medvědín webcam
1.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 1118 m
2700m 2600m 2750m 2600m 2500m

(590m — 700m)

1.0 cm
38 days ago
thunderstorm thunderstorm mod rain rain showers rain showers
Mid station 645 m
2700m 2850m 2900m 2700m 2500m

(800m — 900m)

1.0 cm
35 days ago
light rain light rain mod rain light rain light rain
Mid station 850 m
2800m 2650m 2600m 2400m 2600m

(450m — 672m)

2.0 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 561 m
2700m 2650m 2750m 2600m 2500m

(700m — 1260m)

snow report 7 days ago

opens in 191 days 1.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 980 m
2750m 2650m 2800m 2550m 2500m

(424m — 968m)

5 cm
35 days ago
part cloud thunderstorm thunderstorm rain showers thunderstorm
Mid station 696 m
2750m 3000m 3000m 2700m 2650m

(540m — 1000m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 192 days 1.0 cm
34 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain cloud
Mid station 770 m
2700m 2600m 2700m 2650m 2600m

(600m — 850m)

3.0 cm
39 days ago
cloud light rain light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 725 m
2700m 2650m 2750m 2650m 2550m