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Skiing in Eastern Europe

Skiing in Eastern Europe
February 25, 2020 - SHARE:
Fancy heading to Poland, the Czech Republic or Slovakia to ski?

Has it ever crossed your mind? We have done the research and put together a list of ski resorts in Eastern Europe that will capture your imagination.

Head to new, less crowded skiing destinations where you can both explore different cultures and immerse yourself in nature. Ski at beautiful resorts these countries have kept hidden from us.

 

The Czech Republic: culture and snowsports

The major cities are packed with historical heritage, its countryside boasts untouched nature and famous thermal resorts, not to mention you can also ski! The Czech Republic is waiting to be discovered.

It is home to magnificent ski areas! There are many medium mountain ranges such as the Bohemian Forest, the Krušné Mountains and the Giant Mountains. Winter sports enthusiasts of all levels will find what they’re looking for in Rübezahl’s birthplace or in the Giant Mountains in northern Czech Republic. Just like the largest ski resorts, there are a wide range of winter activities and disciplines available, from alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing to snowshoe hiking.  The Czech Republic is known for being family friendly and is also ideal for beginners.

Two large mountain ranges acclaimed for skiing:

  • The Bohemian Forest

The Bohemian Forest is located in southwestern Czech Republic and stretches across Germany and Austria with a top altitude of 1,456 metres. There are many small ski areas and you can find holiday accommodation in villages such as Železná Ruda, Frymburk, Liberec, Lipno nad Vltavou, Mariánské Lázně, Stachy ou Kašperské Hory.

  • The Krušné Mountains

This is the country’s second largest mountain range. You’ll enjoy stunning surroundings featuring mountain lakes and rocky crests that make up the region’s unique landscape. These mountains form a natural border between the Czech Republic and Poland, with Sněžka at its highest point at 1,603 metres altitude.  Some of the best-known ski resorts include: Černý Důl, Pec pod Snezkou, Špindlerův Mlýn and the famous Harrachov winter sports centre. You can practice both alpine and cross-country skiing on snow-laden runs as far as the eye can see.

The massifs of the Adler and Iserand the Giant Mountain ranges (Krkonoše in Czech) have some pleasant surprises in store for you.

Click here for a list of ski resorts and ski hire stores suited to your discipline.

Poland: a country of contrasts

Although Poland means “land of plains”, it’s not just a flat landscape. On the contrary, the mountainous terrain in the south is a stark contrast to the sweeping plains and immense forests in the north. Poland is home to imposing mountains such as the Table Mountains (Góry Stołowe). To the south rises the medium mountains ranges, including the Holy Cross, the Beskids, the Carpathians, the Sudetes and the Giant Mountains. The Carpathian and High Tatras mountains reach high altitudes, notably Poland’s highest peak, Mount Rysy, which rises to 2,499 metres. The High Tatras and Giant Mountains are especially suitable for winter sports and the

country’s ski areas are not as crowded as those in France and Austria. Also, if you love small family-friendly resorts, you’ll be enthralled. The Carpathians and the Sudetes mountains in Poland offer superb skiing conditions.

The Carpathians

The Carpathians are a mountain range located in Eastern and Central Europe which spans the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Romania and Serbia. The Polish side of the Carpathians can be found in the country’s south and southeast. Polish cities close to the Carpathian mountains include Cracow, Bielsko-Biała, Zakopane, Krynica-Zdrój, Krosno, Sanok and Przemyśl.

The Krasprowy Wierch ski area offers 16 kms of ski runs at an altitude ranging from 1,014 to 1,987 metres. There are 2 kms of blue runs, 7 kms of red runs and 7 kms of black runs available to skiers and snowboarders. This resort boasts both breathtaking views and perfect conditions for your ski holidays.

The Sudetes

These mountains stretch across Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. The largest part can be found in southwestern Poland. The highest peak is Sněžka (1,603 m), sitting on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland in the Giant Mountains.   Nearby villages include Wrocław, Jelenia Gòra, Świeradów-Zdrój, Szklarska Poręba and Karpacz. Karpacz is in a very good location, making it one of biggest tourist hotspots on the Polish side of the Giant Mountains, and reaching 630 metres altitude near the Czech border. The Karpacz/Śnieżka ski area has 6 kms of runs and ten chairlifts. Its breathtaking surroundings are an invitation to embark on winter hikes and enjoy the skiing and snowboarding delights.

Aside from Karpacz, Szklarska Poręba is major skiing hotspot in the Giant Mountains. Its ski area rises from 707 to 1,362 metres altitude and has a total of 15 kms of ski runs. Szrenica is the ski area’s highest peak, a place where snow lovers can enjoy perfect conditions while they ski on the border of Poland and the Czech Republic.

Click herefor a list of ski resorts and ski hire stores suited to your discipline.

Slovakia: a country dominated by mountains

Just like the previous two destinations, skiing in Slovakia lets you combine a range of activities and discoveries. Not only can you go back in time during a visit to the romantic ruins of Slovakia’s castles and water raft down the tumultuous waters of the Belá river,you can also ski! Slovakia’s predominantly mountainous landscapes and continental climate make it ideal for skiing.

A number of winter sports centres were established in the Tatras, famous for its natural, ideal conditions.  Aside from the prominent Tatras and Fatras ski resorts, there are many very good ski resorts at lower altitudes, meaning you can ski in almost every corner of Slovakia.The winter sports resorts in Slovakia now offer services on par with what you can find in the Alps. They have developed gradually and now total 464 kms of ski runs with 522 chairlifts that allow access to the ski areas.  One of the largest ski areas is Jasná Nízke Tatry – Chopok, situated in the Žilina region.

Jasna is a rare treasure that remains relatively unknown, with its runs that cut through untamed nature in the heart of a pine forest.

Not to mention the peaks of Mount Chopok that will delight those looking for higher altitudes and freeride areas.

Sip on a hot mug of Slovakian Pierogi at the end of the day to warm the cockles of your heart.

Click here for a list of ski resorts and ski hire stores suited to your discipline.

Here’s to your new adventures!

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