Czech mountains and their winter records

Czech mountains and their winter records

Do you know where you should look for the highest Czech mountain? And where to go when you want to enjoy great skiing?

Czech mountains and their winter records
The Czech Republic cannot boast the highest mountain in the world. Nor can it boast the deepest oceanic trench. However, we would still like to show you what records you can find here if you visit the Czech Republic during winter. You will see that the Czech mountains offer superior conditions for skiers and for other winter sports and fun. Well-equipped mountain resorts offering quality ski slopes, cross-country trails and bobsleigh tracks, as well as places suitable for good skating are available for those who are keen on winter activities.

Highest mountains

The title of the highest mountain range in the Czech Republic belongs to the Giant Mountains in the north of Bohemia. It is there that you can find no less than the 3 highest peaks of the entire country – Sněžka (1,603 m a.s.l.), Luční hora (1,555 m a.s.l.), and Studniční hora (1,554 m a.s.l.). Thanks to their location and elevation, the Giant Mountains also offer the best conditions for downhill skiing with resorts such as Špindlerův Mlýn, Pec pod Sněžkou, Harrachov and Rokytnice nad Jizerou. And what are the further placings? The second-highest mountain range in the Czech Republic is Hrubý Jeseník, followed by Králický Sněžník, with the imaginary fourth place going to Šumava (Bohemian Forest).


Largest ski area

The largest ski area in the entire Czech Republic, where you can enjoy yourselves as much as you like, is the SkiResort Černá Hora-Pec. It is situated in the Giant Mountains, offering a total of 50 km of downhill trails! It is composed of six interconnected ski areas, which you can reach on skis or by ski bus. Besides skiing you can try out a number of additional activities such as sledging on a sledge route, snowshoe trips or snow tubing as well.

Czechia’s longest downhill slope

Where in Czechia would you find the longest downhill ski slope? At the Dolní Morava Mountain Resort, where the 3.7 km-long family slope just opened at the end of 2023! The new slope not only offers stunning views but also boasts a generous width of at least 25 meters throughout its entire descent. By the way, having the Czech Republic’s longest downhill slope is not the only record Dolní Morava can boast. The resort gives you the chance to walk along the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world!

You can whoosh down the second longest downhill slope in East Bohemia, at the Klínovec Ski Resort in the Ore Mountains. It's called Lázeňská, is 3.4 km long and has a modern covered 4-seater cable car to get you to the top. This slope has the advantage that it’s not very steep, making it especially perfect for beginners or families with children.

The third longest downhill slope is 3,260 m long and can be found at the Ramzová ski resort in the Jeseníky in North Moravia. It leads from the top of Šerák (1325 m a.s.l.) to Ramzová (767 m a.s.l.). The first section from Šerák is a very gentle slope, but after that even more experienced skiers will get a kick out of it.

Highest-lying piste

The highest-lying ski resort is Praděd in the Jeseníky Mountains in the north of Moravia. You can find it at an elevation of 1,438 m, and there is usually around 2-3 metres of snow lying there. That is why this ski area is nicknamed “The Moravian Iceberg” although, in fact, there has been no iceberg for a few thousand years there. There are convenient skiing conditions for both beginners and advanced skiers. The resort is located within the Jeseníky Protected Landscape Area and, therefore, activities are significantly limited. It is nature, not people, that rules the roost.

Longest groomed skating track

Every year, the longest skating track is formed on the frozen Lipno reservoir in south Bohemia. The most frequently groomed section is nearly 12 kilometres long and, based on some data, it is even the longest groomed skating track in the world. As soon as the ice reaches a safe thickness of around 20 cm, a skating track is created between the municipalities of Lipno nad Vltavou and Frymburk. And when winter is really glorious, it is possible to link the track with a neighbouring 4-km long track. If winter is as if from a frozen Siberian fairy tale, which happened, for example, in 2012, the track may reach up to a record 38 km.

Longest sledge track

The sledge route from Černá hora (Black Mountain) along Zvonková cesta to Janské Lázně in the Giant Mountains leads through places where sledges were in use as early as 100 years ago. Its name Zvonková cesta (Sledge Bells Route) probably originates from the times when sledges were equipped with small bells whose jingle used to warn other visitors of the approaching sledge! The route is 4,352 metres long with an elevation difference reaching 560 m. Entry into the track is free, the route is readily accessible to the public. You can hire a sledge from the rental facilities at the lower cable car station.

Coldest place

Even though the Czech Republic lies in the temperate climate zone, the mountains and their frosted valleys are capable of conjuring up pretty freezing temperatures. Jezerní slať (Lake Moor) in Šumavasouth Bohemia, is considered the coldest place in the Czech Republic. The mean annual temperature there is a mere one degree above zero! In addition, -36.9° Celsius was measured in Jezerní slať in 2005.


Snow until summer

Snow remains on Studniční hora in the Giant Mountains in north Bohemia for the longest time. The local snowfield is referred to familiarly as the Map of the Republic, as the snowfield takes the shape of the former Czechoslovakia and its borders before the Second World War. As the snowfield thaws out, it gradually loses that shape of the republic in the same sequence in which Czechoslovakia broke up – Carpathian Ruthenia thaws out first, followed by Slovakia, with only Central Bohemia remaining in the end. The largest volume of snow fell there more than 20 years ago, in the 1999/2000 winter season, when the depth of the snowfield reached a record 16 metres. Snow can usually be found there until July or August, when the last remnants melt, for new snow to fall in October again.

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