Ski track to be built near Hvězda

A new cross-country ski area will be reachable by tram

You won't have to leave Prague to go cross-country skiing this winter. An approximately 700-meter-long trail will be at Vypich in Prague 6, right near the Hvězda summer palace and close to tram lines.

The snow on the circuit will be provided by two snow cannons. The project was recently approved by the Prague 6 Town Hall.

It could be functional in as little as two months. The area will offer ski rental, changing rooms and toilets. During the morning hours, the track will serve mainly schools. Lights will allow people to ski in the evening. The aim of the project is to promote cross-country skiing and lure the locals to exercise in the fresh air. Using the track will be free of charge.

“It is enough that the night temperature falls below 4 degrees Celsius below zero, and we can make snow,” Prague 6 councilor for sports and leisure Libor Bezděk said, according to daily Pražský deník. “Prague 6 will provide facilities, an electrical connection, and water.” The operating costs should be in the hundreds of thousands of crowns.

The most expensive thing will be the snow cannons, which cost about a half million crowns to purchase.

A track that was previously in use at Velká Chuchle will not be used this season as the Vypich location has more favorable conditions, city spokesman Vít Hofman said.

Prague 6 hopes to further develop the ski trail in the future with better snowmaking technology that works from an outside temperature of 15 degrees Celsius.

But not everyone is pleased. City Councilor Jakub Stárek (ODS) said that the ski area was a waste of money as there were nearby natural areas to ski when there was snow. The track would be difficult to organize and lacked sufficient parking, he added, according to Pražský deník.

The ski track will be in addition to ice skating rinks that the city also plans to open in the winter.

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