Visiting a local Czech brewery, hiking in Teplice Rocks, a weekend trip to Vienna, and now Skiing in Janské Láznê. We know we’re all over the place, and we’re loving it! Isn’t that really what traveling is all about? Going on adventures to unknown places, and just having good times associated with Czech Republic or whatever spontaneous trips we decide to go on.
Today’s post brings us to the Hradec Kralove region of the Czech Republic where we embark on a day of skiing in Janské Láznê as a getaway from the busy city we love; Prague! It’s a perfect weekend trip if you’re looking to go skiing somewhere near Prague. We can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Skiing near Prague, Janské Láznê
Janské Láznê is a small spa town deep in northern Czech Republic about 170 km from Prague. The town which is known for its thermal spring, that has been used as a thermal bath dating back to the 14th century, has over the last decade also transformed into quite the ski town. Since it’s only a few hours away from Prague, Janské Láznê has really become one of the best places to go skiing in the Czech Republic.
The ski hill itself is perfect for a day or two of skiing. It’s no French Alps or Canadian Rockies but if your expectations are realistic to the environment then you will have a blast! You can’t compare apples with oranges but at the end of they day they’re both great, and that’s the way you have to look at it here in Czech Republic.
Also, rumor has it that Janské Láznê is the best ski place in Czech Republic, and even though we’ve only been to a few mountains here we’ve gotten lots of feedback from Czechs confirming this is true.
We went skiing on the mountain called Cerna Hora. Another awesome perk of skiing here is that your ski pass will allow you to ski in the entire area of Janské Láznê which includes both Cerna Hora and Pec Pod Sneskou.
So this gives you plenty of skiing for a weekend, especially with the amount of snow that mother nature has dumped this season. It felt like a winter wonderland being on the slopes, with trees absolutely covered in snow, runs full of fresh powder, and great weather… Well, at least those were the conditions we had, and we cross our fingers they’ll be the same when you go. If not, worst case you’ll find yourself enjoying the thermal baths that Janské Láznê has to offer while drinking beer. Yes, everything in Czech includes beer, there’s a reason they drink the most beer per capita in the world.
What to bring skiing in Janské Láznê
- Of course, if you have any ski gear already then definitely bring that. Extra layers never hurt either.
- We’d personally bring a power bank or a phone charger as your phone will die insanely quick up in the mountains. Fellow iPhone users I’m sure we all share the same problem.
- Again, like we’ve mentioned in our other blog posts from Czech Republic (read them here and here), it’s just nice to have cash on you. You never know what pub won’t take your plastic card and you’ll be denied that beer you’d been craving for the past hour.
- Passport, driver’s license, or other ID is necessary if you’re intending to rent skiing equipment.
- A headlamp in case you miss a transfer home and have to walk 6 km in pitch black… short story to come 😉
When to go
Czech people say the best months to go are usually January through March as they are the months that tend to have the greatest amount of snow. So lots of people go skiing from Prague in those months and you will see busses and public transport extra packed.
Personally, we’d recommend you to go during the week if that’s possible. Lineups can get quite long and you end up standing around for quite some time which isn’t great – especially at the first lift.
Try to avoid peak seasons like Christmas holidays, winter break, and long weekends because you will really end up waiting in lineups, and the slopes can get quite busy too.
Tourists, locals, expats will all go skiing to Janské Láznê from Prague because it is one of the more affordable and quality ski hills in the country! If you can get a few days off work or if you’re travelling then try to get there for the middle of the week and you’ll end up skiing twice as much. Sweet!
Also, if you love the outdoors and love hiking, then May through September will be a great time to visit Janské Láznê for some hiking and take in the view of this beautiful area.
How to get to Janské Láznê
From Prague, the easiest way will definitely be to get on the Omio app and search Prague-Janské Láznê. The bus usually leaves a few times a day from Florence or Cerny Most station, which are both accessible by the metro. Convenient right?
It will be a straight shot there with no transfers and about a two (and a half) hour journey. And the price? 7€ each way. Another option is to rent a car which will open up more options for accommodation or a single-day trip if you’re an early bird.
Other useful info to ski in Czech
- Let’s talk about pricing… It’s not the cheapest place to go skiing but it’s still affordable. Skiing will run you about 900 czk (40$ USD) and rentals cost about 600 czk (25$ USD) for all the gear including a helmet (and you should always protect your head). So, 65$ will get you a full day of skiing in the Czech Mountains. On top of that comes food and transportation.
- The lifts all close at 4 pm.
- IDOS app is necessary if you’re taking public transport. It shows if busses or trains are delayed, by how long, and where they currently are. Perfect for when you’re in a random town where locals may not speak English and fear of not getting back to your AirBnb sets in. Yes, this happened to us. And guess what? We ended up walking back 6 km in the dark. The app will calm you down and assure you that, even though your bus is delayed (because it will be) it is (hopefully) still on it’s way to pick you up. So get this app!
- If you’re like us and are planning to go skiing with a group of 25+ then look into getting this AirBnB. For only 20$ a night per person you will get to stay in this mansion. Click this link to get 35$ off your first trip at any airbnb (disclosure: this is a referral link and will give us 20$ when you complete your stay). It’s also wonderful if you’re going from Prague since the village of the Airbnb is one of the stops for the bus. Bonus info: There is a really good and cheap pub 5 minutes away from the Airbnb. Tempting, right?
Skiing in Czech
So, obviously Janské Láznê isn’t the only place you can go skiing in the Czech Republic.
Other places include:
- Jested Liberec,
- Spindleruv Mlyn
- The best part is that these are all doable as one day trips from Prague.
Again, most of these blogs will be directed to travelers and individuals using public transport, so if you have the luxury of driving then you can definitely cut some time off and you will also have more options of ski hills to visit.
We hope wherever in Czech you guys go skiing you enjoy it. They may not be the biggest mountains but take them for what they are, wear a helmet, and enjoy the slopes.
Tell us… Have you been skiing in Czech Republic before? Where did you go and how was it?
Dom & Jo