The cleanest air in Central Europe, snow from November to May and intriguing past. Czech ski resort Praděd attracts winter sports enthusiasts and adventure lovers.
In very remote past this area enjoyed a bad reputation of covens of witches. Today, its upper areas constitute a nature reserve, where you can move only along marked trails, while below in the winter season, skiing fans go wild on the slopes. It’s because here you can find some of the best snow conditions in Moravia. Besides, the area advertises itself as the place with the cleanest air in Central Europe, so we have guaranteed healthy holidays (regardless of whether its active or passive).
Moravian glacier – Praděd
This mysterious place is the highest mountain of Hrubý Jeseník, Moravia and Czech Silesia - the famous peak called Praděd (1492 m). Thanks to the television transmitter standing on the top, it’s the highest point in the whole Czech Republic. In the watchtower situated atop, we can not only eat a warming meal, but we'll also see Polish plains, Karkonosze and the High Tatras Mountains, if the weather will be favorable.
It has to be admitted that Praděd is known as one of the most misty mountains in Europe.
Snow covers the slopes until May, which makes it very popular among tourist. The cover is the thickest in the Sudety Mountains, and even though it wraps the slopes for a pretty long time, you won’t enjoy it after the 30th of April. The reason is very prosaic - the center is located in the National Park. The whole area is a part of it, so the functioning of the resort and its lifts are a subject to strict regulations on environmental protection.
In winter, ski and snowboard enthusiasts, cross-country skiers and mountain lovers just flock here from different countries. Outdoor activities adherents are tempted by excellent conditions for schussing on the slopes from November to April, while the rest of the tourists - by beautiful, breathtaking views.
Skiing in Moravia
Under Praděd, on the northern slopes of Peter’s Stones (Petrovy kameny) are located modern, the highest ski lifts in the Czech Republic, as well as excellently prepared ski runs. The local trails are characterized by a great diversity. They’re perfect both for beginners, as well as for experienced skiers, who want to test their skills on more ambitious slopes. The youngest fans of winter sports have a whole playground for themselves. Other visitors have at their disposal a snowpark, ski school and equipment rental.
Ski resort Praděd cares about its guests. Motorized tourists have at their disposal a large car park, from where you can get to the slopes by ski busses. You can leave the car in Karlova Studanka or in the parking lot Hvezda, and then take the bus, which goes up to Ovčárna, where a ski station is located.
From Praděd lead few very well-maintained cross-country trails, ready to welcome skiers at the beginning of October. Lovers of skiing can use six trapezes, while the length of ski runs exceeds 4.5 km. Most of them are blue (including Velký Václavák and Maly Václavák), but there’s also a black one. Sjezdovka A is 850 meters away, and the level amounts nearly 200 meters.
Ski pass prices for the season 2013/2014
Excellent location of the resort allows tourists to get to know the offer of other stations. They include, among others, Malá Morávka center - Karlov with 13 lifts and few attractive routes for cross-country skiing , Červenohorské sedlo, one of the most famous centers of the region or Filipovice SKIPARK , located in the heart of a protected landscape area in the foothills of Jeseníky. The offer is all the more tempting that most of the lifts and ski runs can be used after buying a proper ski pass.
If, however, anyone is interested mainly in the slopes of the Ovčárna Praděd, for a day of skiing will pay 500 CZK. 1-day ski pass for children aged 5-12 costs 35-CZK. If you plan to spend more days on the slopes, for example, six, a pass for this period will cost us 2000 CZK for adults and 1,300 CZK for the child. The prices of other passes, which allow to combine skiing at several ski slopes, can be found on the websites of particular stations.
The visitors of Jeseníky can enjoy attractive resorts with excellent organized infrastructure, including climatic spa Karlova Studánka and Ovčárna. The accommodation is very easy to find, either in the hotel, guest house or at a campsite. One of them is Autocamping "Dolina", located in the town of Vrbno near Praděd. A night stay costs here 45 CZK, and for the place for your vehicle you’ll pay 50 CZK per day.
It’s worth to take into consideration winter vacation in the area of Praděd. Mainly, because of the beauty of the local landscapes, but also because both the Peter’s Stones and the surrounding meadows are available only in winter. There’s no denying that the region is very tempting all over the year – in winter it attracts sports enthusiasts, and in summer - hikers. Those, who love nature can visit one of the most beautiful nature reserves Jeseníky, Velká kotlina. It’s also worth to devote some attention to many amazing waterfalls. The area is very beautiful, so an increasing number of travelers is not surprising.