The Ski Resort
The ski resort Cerna Hora is made up of five individual ski areas: Černá hora (Janské Lázně), Pec pod Sněžkou, Černý Důl, Velká Úpa and Svoboda nad Úpou. Perhaps the ski area’s most memorable highlight is the special “SkiTour” snow groomer service which carries skiers and snowboarders back and forth from Černá hora (Janské Lázně) to Pec pod Sněžkou.
Černá hora (Janské Lázně) boasts 15 kilometres of runs, making it the largest of the resort’s five sub-areas, as well as the only sub-area with a gondola lift. People who love sweeping large turns down the mountain will feel particularly at home on the relatively demanding runs, while advanced skiers and snowboarders will also find plenty of terrain to keep them happy. Speedsters can even test their limits and beat their personal best on a timed course. In addition, there is also a 1.6-kilometre trail which is floodlit in the evening for night owl skiers.
The 12 kilometres of runs at Pec pod Sněžkou are well suited to advanced and experienced skiers. This part of the resort is also the place to be for all freestyle skiers and snowboarders, as this area is home to the resort’s terrain park. Moreover, Pec pod Sněžkou also boasts a timed course against the clock and three flood-lit runs with a total of 2.9 kilometres of slopes for snowbound fun well into the night.
We recommend that families with children and beginners start in Černý Důl. The 6.5 kilometres of runs here are exclusively red or blue-rated. Advanced skiers looking for a challenge will probably be disappointed here. Svoboda nad Úpou offers a similar story, though this area is the perfect place for beginners to find their feet. It also provides 700 meters of night-time skiing over two runs.
The Velká Úpa sub-area is the ideal place to enjoy some laid-back turns on generously-sized groomers. Snow is guaranteed here as snowmaking facilities cover all 2.5 kilometres of trails.
- Offering 12 miles of slopes and terrain, Cerna Hora is among the 5 largest Ski Resorts in the Czech Republic.
- Cerna Hora is among the 10 best rated Ski Resorts in the Czech Republic.
- Elevated between 1739 ft and 4134 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 10 highest elevated Ski Resorts in the Czech Republic. The vertical drop from summit to base is 2395 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in the Czech Republic is 827 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Average snow depth during the season is 33 " at summit elevation and 19 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 38 " at summit elevation and 22 " at the base. Therefore Cerna Hora is among the 15 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in the Czech Republic.
- Cerna Hora features 40 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in the Czech Republic is 35 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 23 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 15 sunniest in the Czech Republic.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
The majority of the food and drink options are located in the largest area of the ski region – Černá hora (Janské Lázně). The restaurant Protěž next to the valley station of the 4-person chair lift of the same name offers pizza, pasta, salads and delicious desserts. If you are after something light, you can also drink a quiet cup of coffee here or unwind with a cocktail.
In Černý důl, FordBar Černý důl close to the valley station of the Saxner lift is also a good place to take a break, serving a variety of snacks as well as hot and cold beverages. There is another FordBar in the Svoboda nad Úpou area close to the valley station of the Duncan surface lift.
It is also possible to make your way down into the valley after the lifts close for the day in most parts of the ski area.
The region provides numerous leisure activities away from the slopes. In the Pec pod Sněžkou Relaxpark, a ride on the sled track offers up a quick adrenalin kick for young and old alike, while the 3.5 kilometre sled run in Černá hora (Janské Lázně) also promises fun for all the family. The latter drops a total of 560 vertical meters over the course of the run.
You can even take a cable car up to the highest point in all of the Czech Republic –Sněžka. The peak rewards visitors with unparalleled views over the surrounding region.
The Aqua Centre in Janské Lázně is also a great destination for unwinding away from the slopes, with various swimming pools and whirlpools, a sauna, steam room and various wellness treatments on offer.
Infrastructure & Rental
From Prague, follow the E65. At Mladá Boleslav, take exit 44 A onto route 16 and follow it until you reach Nová Paka. From there, you only have to take rural roads for a few kilometres until you reach the valley stations.