If overcrowded parking lots, gigantic ski resorts, and large hordes of people do not entice you, you can bet on the smaller ski resorts of the Karlovy Vary Region. Although you will not find dozens of kilometres of ski runs and several lifts there, you will surely be surprised by the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere reigning on these slopes.
Kraslice Skiing Grounds
You can find two ski slopes in Kraslice – the blue-level run of Krajka and the Saporo red-level run. Krajka is located near the train station “Pod vlekem”, close to the road leading to Klingenthal. It has a total length of 560 metres, and primarily beginners will enjoy it. You can access three different pistes by a rope tow, which has a capacity of 750 persons per hour. It is in operation every workday from 9 am to 4.30 pm and from 9 am to 8 pm on the weekends. An all-day ski pass will cost you CZK 300.
The Saporo ski slopes will be rather appreciated by more experienced skiers and snowboarders and are found close to the road leading to Luby, approximately 200 metres following the turn onto Kostelní Street. The pistes have a total length of 760 metres, and you can access them on a rope tow with a capacity of 900 persons per hour. On workdays, it is in operation only in the evenings from 4.30 pm to 8 pm, and the ticket costs CZK 180. On the weekends, the slopes are in operation from 9 am to 8 pm, and you can purchase a ski pass for CZK 300.
Mariánky Skiing Grounds
If we were to choose the skiing grounds with the most beautiful surroundings, then it would surely be the one in Mariánské Lázně. It is located just 400 metres from the colonnade and offers three pistes of all difficulties. They are covered in artificial snow, so you can ski practically the entire winter season. You will be carried up the hill by a gondola lift or on one of the two T-bar tows. The all-day ski pass can be purchased for CZK 400 for adults, CZK 300 for sudents 16-26 years of age, and CZK 250 for children 3-15 years of age. Plus, a children’s park with a magic carpet, ski tow, and children’s slalom is prepared for the smallest visitors.
It is in operation daily from 9 am to 4 pm, and if the conditions are right, also in the evening from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Aš Ski Resort
You can also ski in Aš, and on three ski runs with a total length of 1.7 kilometres. You will be transported up by two ski tows, and the day-long ski pass can be purchased at CZK 290 for adults and CZK 150 for children under the age of 12. The resort is open every workday from 2 pm to 6 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 4.30 pm, and Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm. The slopes are suitable for both beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarders, and on the slope you can also find a ski rental and a small ski school with lessons running at CZK 400 per hour.
Novako Ski Resort in Boží Dar
The Novako Ski Resort is located directly in the centre of the town of Boží Dar. Primarily children and beginner skiers and snowboarders will enjoy these pistes. Two ski tows carry skiers up the slopes, and the magic carpet for the smallest beginners is new. During the main season, an all-day pass costs CZK 290 for adults and CZK 200 for children under the age of 12.
Aside from the ski pistes, Novako also offers a ski and snowboarding school, a children’s park, or wild snowtubing.
„Nad kostelem“ Ski Resort in Nové Hamry
You will find a ski resort suitable for families with children, beginners, and intermediate-level athletes directly in the centre of town. Three ski pistes with a total length of 1.3 km and three ski tows that have a capacity of up to 2,000 persons per hour await you here. The resort is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. Unfortunately, however, the resort does not own snow cannons, and so it is in operation only under favourable conditions. The day-long ski pass costs CZK 240 for adults and CZK 160 for children under the age of 10. You can also purchase an all-morning, an all-afternoon, or a five-day ski pass.