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On the other side of Sněžka

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Just behind the Czech border, in the eastern part of the Giant Mountains, is the ski resort Pec pod Sněžkou. It’s located in the picturesque valley of the country's highest mountain (1602 m). Although the length of the routes and the number of lifts is not equal to the Alpine resorts, it has enjoyed a great interest among tourists for years.

SkiResort Černa Hora - Pec

Only 17 km from the Polish border is a ski resort Pec pod Sněžkou, which is a part of a new project SkiResort Černa Hora - Pec. After buying one ticket skiers wishing to use the local slopes will have the access to several ski resorts: Janské Lázně, Velká Úpa, Svoboda nad Úpou and Černý Důl. The resort also encompasses a part of the slopes of Malá Úpa. Free ski busses run regularly in the season between the centers on four main lines, so you can easily get to the slopes. Besides, tourists can use a network of City buses in the resorts of Černý Důl, Janské Lázně and Pec pod Sněžkou.

Winter sports enthusiasts have at their disposal 36 km of ski runs, of which 75% are artificially snowed. The resort is operated by 38 ski lifts and 6 cable cars. The great local attraction is 8-seater gondola, the only one in Czech Republic. Tourists are also attracted by the possibility of night skiing - 3 downhill runs with a length of over 1 km are perfectly lit. Those willing to can also try the toboggan run with a total length of 3.5 km.

These are not all the virtues of the resort. In Černý Důl there’s a modern, well-equipped Kid Park where you can learn how to ski, while cross-country skiers will enjoy staying in Janské Lázně. The resort really cares about its slopes, and their total length is up to 90 km. In Svoboda nad Úpou you can try your hand at slalom – there’s a decent run with a free time measurement.

Pec pod Sněžkou

Pec pod Sněžkou is regarded by many people to be the best ski area in Czech Republic, and certainly is one of the most impressive in the whole eastern Giant Mountains. Most ski runs are artificially snowed, besides tourists can use a 4-seater chairlift with a total length of 7500 m and 10 ski lifts with a capacity of 9520 persons/hour. The resort is very popular among families with children because of a large variety of ski runs. Everyone will find something suitable, from the traditional nursery slopes, to the slopes for skiers, who feel confident on difficult descends.

Cross-country skiers can test their condition on the trail called Krkonošská magistrála. After dark, you can ski on the Javor ski run (the longest and best illuminated slope in Czech Republic), and then take the advantage of extremely wide range of Après-ski. Additionally, there’s a giant funpark operating throughout the season, where enthusiasts of one board can use, among others, the halfpipe.

The resort is an ideal starting point to the highest peak of the Czech Republic – in the region there’s a cable car to Sněžka. Resort fully uses the advantages of its location (800-1602 m), and besides is easily accessible. In the city center there’s a parking for several hundred cars, so tourists don’t have to worry about finding a place to park.

Skipass prices in Pec pod Sněžkou in the season 2013/2014

Tourists, who wish to visit Pec pod Sněžkouduring peak season, which is a period 25.12.13-16.3.14, for day of skiing on the slopes will have to pay from 430 CZK for children (16 EUR ) to 620 CZK (23 EUR) for adults. The price of 7-day pass is, respectively, 2170 and 3140 CZK. In contrast, persons interested in purchasing the ticket for the whole season from 6,000 CZK to 10,000 CZK, which gives a calculated amount of 219-365 EUR.

Those, who want to ski at night on the slopes of Javor 1,2, will pay 200 CZK (approx. 7,30 EUR, the price applies to charges for children) to 280 CZK (adults). Zahrádky 3 ski run is open from 18 to 21, to which we'll get after paying 200 CZK. If we want to go skiing after 19, we will pay 150 CZK.

The resort offers visitors numerous attractions and a range of services – there, we’ll a lot of sports equipment rentals, ski schools and ski services.

What apart from skiing?

Pec pod Sněžkou boasts of excellent tourist infrastructure. In this beautiful surroundings you can find many guesthouses, hotels, clubs and restaurants. After spending all day on the slopes, skiers won’t have to think about how to spend the rest of the evening. They can relax in sauna or allow their weary muscles to rest in the indoor pool. If the aren’t feel tired enough, can burn more calories while playing squash, bowling or take part in a sleigh ride.

Pec pod Sněžkou became famous not only for its excellent conditions for skiing (the snow covers the local slopes for 5-6 months). For many years, thousands of tourists visit it both in winter and in summer. The surrounding slopes are beautiful and extremely varied. Landscapes encourage for long trips and cycling. More active guests can also let off steam on the tennis court or on the bobsleigh track, while those with slightly smaller condition can use the chair lifts, which transport them to the Giant Mountains. Pec pod Sněžkou offers lift Hnědý Vrch, Velká Úpa - Portášky, while Janské Lázně tempt with Černohorský Express gondola. It’s worth to spend holidays in this beautiful valley. You won’t regret it for sure.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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