The Czech Ski Season Brings Many Innovations
Are you going to spend your winter vacation in the Czech Republic in the mountains?
Although last year's winter was not too favorable for winter sports, Czech winter resorts are perfectly prepared for the 2014/15 season and are putting together a variety of innovations, discounts and attractions for skiers.
In Špindlerův Mlýn the bottom slope area was expanded at Hromovka. The snowmaking systems at Svatý Petr and at Medvědín have been improved and are able to efficiently provide snow on the slopes even in the case of a small amount of rainfall. The cashier desks in Svatý Petr can be found by skiers starting this winter in a new building located near the boarding area of the 4-person chair lift at Pláně. The multi-functional building will also serve as the Ski area information center, as well as a modern Spindl Motion Shop & Rental. Also new is the customer program GOPASS, a contactless smart card that allows you to conveniently buy ski passes in the e-shop for the lowest rates as well as extra rewards for every purchase of ski passes at the premises of Spindl Motion and Spindl Gastronomy. Ski pass prices in Špindlerův Mlýn remain the same as last year, a one-day pass in high season comes to 750 crowns for an adult, when you purchase through the e-shop it is 695 CZK.
The Ski resort Černá Hora - Pec pod Sněžkou has newly outfitted six slopes with snowmaking capabilities. An attractive and fun new attraction for both younger and older skiers in Pec pod Sněžkou is the new 450 meter long downhill slope Funline with tunnels, obstacles, banked corners and turns, right next to the Vysoký svah ski slope. Another novelty in the 2014/15 season is Top speed. Like radars measure the speed on roads, radars will be placed on the slopes Zahrádky 2 in Pec and in Černý Důl on the slope Ford Špičák as a new feature. The Skicentrum Janské Lázně boasts a new building at the ski lifts Formánek 1 to 3. It includes a bistro, facilities for families with children and a ski school with instructors. The Skicentrum Janské Lázně is an ideal place for young skiers who can relax, warm up and recuperate for more skiing in the new facilities. A ski pass for one day of skiing will cost 650 crowns in the high season.
The largest ski resort in the Krušné Mountains, Klínovec Ski resort , has been going through big changes for several years. Over the years the slopes there have been extended and expanded with artificial snow and ski lifts replaced by modern 4-person chair lifts. This year's novelty is a cable car with an orange bubble cover on the slope Jáchymovská. In the new part of the area on the south side a new ski slope was also built, which by Czech standards is very unique with its parameters - because the new Jáchymov slope measures 3 km, its width is up to 100 m and its elevation is 500 m. On the south side of Klínovec new facilities were created for all skiers including refreshments, an ApresSki bar, a ski school and rental facilities as well as a teaching center with mobile belts for the youngest skiers. Due to construction on the Jáchymov side of Klínovec, the arrival of all skiers from Karlovy Vary and Plzeň, was also greatly facilitated. If they park at the Jáchymov cable car they will save about 20 km of driving through mountain terrain. Parking is completely free for skiers.
Successful cross-border cooperation within the scope of the international Czech-German region has been going on for several years. This InterSkiregion Fichtelberg - Klínovec offers 33 km of slopes of all levels and it is already included in the price of the 1.5 day passes. A ski bus comfortably transports skiers across the border to Oberwiesenthal completely free of charge to the other side of the mountain in just 10 minutes. The price for a 1 day ski pass for adults is 650 CZK for the Czech part (only Klínovec) while skiers pay 1040 CZK for the InterSkiregion pass, but the pass is valid for one day and a half.
The Monínec ski resort near Prague will also be providing e-ski passes in the new season, to which an application recording the number of kilometers skied will be added. As one of the first ski resorts in the Czech Republic this year, Monínec will open a fun track, combining slope ripples, inclines and other safe obstacles, called funline. This new feature will only appear in a few areas this year. Funline will be situated on the slope, its length will reach 230 m and 8 to 10 obstacles are planned there. Funline will be accessible to all visitors to the resort regardless of the type of fare.
Skiers who come to Monínec repeatedly, will be rewarded with completely unique daily and hourly tariffs, from which only what they really skied will be deducted. Using the e-ski pass is really easy, just go to the ski resort website, enter the 14-digit code on the back of the card, choose a payment plan and pay by credit card. For skiers who do not spend the whole day from morning to evening on the hill, it is ideal to buy a time wallet. Only the hours that skiers actually spend skiing will be deducted from this tariff. The point is that if a skier does not go through the turnstile for more than 30 minutes, the countdown stops. Monínec offers packages of 14 and 21 hours, which can be used throughout the 2014/2015 season, for both day and evening skiing. Skiers who prefer an all-day fare can choose from tariffs of 5 or 10 days of the season. These fares can be used from Monday to Friday for day skiing. A one-day adult ski pass will cost 510 CZK.
The Lipno Ski resort has also undergone extensive modernization in recent years and now offers both younger and older skiers with real comfort and fun. Every day on the slopes you can try the public slalom. The 1400 m long slope Jezerní sjezdovka overlooking the Lipno dam has been newly created for the 2014/15 season. The ski resort offers other similar programs, such as from skis into the treetops, from skis to ice skates or from skis to swimwear. One day of adult skiing comes to 620 crowns. Attractive discounts are also provided there - with the Lipno Card skiers can save 20 percent off a multi-day ski pass for skiing and in high season it is 5 percent on multi-day skiing.
In the popular ski resort Špičák u Železné Rudy all skiers including beginners, families with children and ski experts will find a good opportunity to ski. This year's novelties there include a modernized children's ski park, a new free parking lot at Špičáku and new restrooms. It’s also worth trying out the ski-cross track, which won FIS homologation for hosting international competitions in 2012. A day ski pass costs skiers 580 CZK.
Dolní Morava is preparing 2 new fully snowed downhill tracks, including one new Doppelmayr lift at Slamník this winter season. Part of these extensions will also be the new Snow Fun Park at the bottom of the slope U Slona. Improvements have also been made in the snowmaking systems on all existing ski trails. The new Slamník downhill track has a length of 600 m with an inclination of 22.5%. It is marked in red and is therefore suitable for advanced skiers. The new blue slope Malý Slon - Snow Trail with a length of 700 m is constructed from a variety of slope ripples and banked corners so that even beginners and the youngest skiers can try to ride similar to ski-cross tracks. Another novelty is the Snow Fun Park U Slona designed to connect to Snow Trail, creating a unique, over 1 km long track that is unmatched in the whole Czech Republic. Slope waves and jumps will be modified daily based on current snow conditions. The Grand Opening of the new tracks will occur on December 13, 2014.
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