Unknown to many, the Czech Republic is in fact home to over 300 ski areas, ranging from tiny local hills with single draglifts to well-developed operations with many international visitors. Many also offer extensive networks of cross country skiing trails and winter walking routes, making it a good destination for groups containing non-skiers.

The two top resorts of Špindlerův Mlýn and Klínovec both offer around 30km of slopes and are the best-known outside of the country. A lot of investment has been ploughed into both resorts, with shiny fast chairlifts, snowmaking and new hotels added in recent years. The skiing at both is tree-lined and pretty, but not particularly challenging – head elsewhere if you’re an advanced skier upwards.

Like most destinations in Eastern Europe, skiing here is markedly cheaper than further west in the Alps, offering great value for families in particular. Everything from food and drink to accommodation and lift passes to instruction is cheaper here – although you do at times compromise slightly on quality.

The transfer from Prague takes around two hours and tying a ski holiday in to a visit to the historic and beautiful city is a great option.

Pros

Emerging ski destination and lots of recent investment

Good value accommodation, travel and food

Pretty wooded scenery in the rolling mountains

Good off slope activities, particularly cross country skiing

Cons

Most resorts are very small and can be skied in less than a day

Low altitude can cause snow cover issues, despite snowmaking

Limited accommodation and restaurant options

Few international visitors and a language barrier in places

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