Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail
Czech-Polish Frontier: Krkonoše Trail
Czech-Polish Frontier: Krkonoše Trail
Czech-Polish Frontier: Krkonoše Trail
Czech-Polish Frontier: Krkonoše Trail
Czech-Polish Frontier: Krkonoše Trail
Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail

Czech-Polish Frontier: Krkonoše Trail


Cross country skiing in the Czech Republic and Poland

Sitting along the border of the Czech Republic and Poland are the Jizera and Krkonoše mountains. Boasting over 650 kilometres (406 miles) of ski trails makes this a paradise for cross-country skiers. Skiing on prepared trails it’s possible to ski 150km’s (94 miles) ‘point-to-point’ whilst following the frontier between the two countries.

Highlights

  • Ski the Polish - Czech Frontier
  • Ski 150kms (94 miles) over six days
  • Experience two World Loppet race routes
  • Ski the Trans-Krkonoše Trail to the source of the River Elba
  • Visit mountain 'boudas & chatas' for lunch
  • Hotel accommodation with saunas
  • Luggage transferred while you ski
  • Guiding by a qualified Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Optional nights in the beautiful city of Prague
  • Airport transfers included
  • Single rooms available

Crossing two ‘World Loppet’ race courses; the Jizerská Fifty and Bieg Piastow then finishing up on the Trans-Krkonoše Mountain Trail makes this the dream holiday for seasoned cross-country skiers. Experience panoramic mountain vistas on this wonderful mountain traverse.

Cross-country skiing is very popular in Poland and the Czech Republic. With the variety and quality of trails plus reliable snow conditions it is no wonder why. Many of the trails lead onto mountain ridges, above the tree line and to unspoilt countryside. Comfortable hotels, good food and modern ski rental all add to these first class cross-country ski destinations.

The most reliable snow conditions are found in the Krkonoše which in Czech means the 'Giant Mountains'. Situated in the north of the Czech Republic and south west of Poland they make up the Czech-Polish border, which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia. The highest peak along the ridge is, Sněžka, the Czech Republic's highest peak with an altitude of 1603m (5257ft). Further west of the Krkonoše is also the border of Germany and city of Dresden. Geographically the mountains have acted as the natural border but the history and cultural exchange between these countries offers the visitor a rich and interesting past and present.

VISIT PRAGUE

This trip can easily be extended with days either at the start or end of your trip to visit the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague. Known as the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe or city of a Hundred Spires, and a UNESCO monument it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

 


A challenging, but very rewarding multi-day ski trip. The skiing in the Czech Republic was great (if a bit icy) and landscape and facilities were beautiful.

Using Tracks and Trials provided an excellent no-hassle way of skiing an unusual and interesting area. I had used the company twice before and was confident they would deliver. Our guide, Pascal, was knowledgeable, expert and considerate. The accommodation, food and skiing were all excellent. What more could one want?

Itinerary

  • accommodation
  • airport
  • route
  • transfer
  • We meet this evening in small town of Bedrichov in the Czech Republic where your guide will be available to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions about the week ahead. A group transfer from Prague airport is included in your trip fee. Please refer to the 'Arrival and Departure' section under 'Trip Information'. 

  • We begin our day at the stadium in Bedrichov, which is where the ski hire shop is located. It is also the starting point for the famous race, the Jizerská Fifty, which is one of the world's oldest long distance ski races. Each February thousands of people from around the world compete in this event which is often described as a 'Folk Fest' with tradition, culture and skiing. Leaving the stadium we pass the 'winners' gallery where you can appreciate the speed with which the skiers have completed the 50km race, in 2018 it was completed in 2h04. We then head into the forest and begin what will be a day tour of the Bedrichov trails and an introduction to the Jizerka Mountains, part of the Krkonoše massif. There are over 180kms (113 miles) of tracks in this one area and we will do a loop which takes us along part of the race route, round two lakes, and all the way back to our hotel. On the way we will stop at the historic and very lovely Šámalova chata. A 'chata' is a 'cabin' and these are to be found along our route throughout the Jizera, and the Krkonoše. Before we reach our hotel it has been known for some of our guests to ski to the local Hospoda (pub) at the beautiful old building that is the Prezidentska to sample the wonderful Czech beer! We spend a second night in Bedrichov.

    Ascent: 356m (1167ft) Descent: 265m (870ft) Distance: 21.6km (13.5 miles) Duration: 5h00

     

  • Skiing eastwards from Bedrichov our trail leads us along much of the route of the Jizerka 50 race through forests of spruce and fir, and across the granite plateau of the Jizerka National Nature Reserve. The name 'Jizerka' comes from the river of the same name which rises under the highest mountain of the range, Wysoka Kopa sitting at 1126m (3693ft) on the Polish side of the frontier. The area is home to many rare species of plant and animal life such as the red deer, lynx and pine martin. Today we stop at the viewpoint at Krásná Máří to climb a granite tor offering views to the plains far below. On our way we will also pass several small wooden huts at Knajpa and at Promenada where it is often possible to buy a drink. There is usually a crowd of skiers gathered at these junctions swapping stories and catching up with friends. 

    We finish our ski tour at Jizerka, the highest village in the mountains of the same name. In the 18th century there are records showing the inhabitants made their living from forestry, poaching and smuggling! Today the meadow has well kept examples of traditional style houses, an ancient well, a museum and a chapel. It is known for it's 19th century glass works given to the people by the House of Habsburg. As accommodation is in short supply in the tiny hamlet of Jizerka there may be a short transfer to stay in a nearby village.

    Ascent: 554m (1817ft) Descent: 539m (1767ft) Distance: 30km (18.7 miles) Duration: 6h00-7h00 

  • Today we have a short ski in the Czech Republic before taking a tiny woodland trail over the frontier to Poland. We ski down a hill, cross the river which is the frontier, and then sneak along a narrow trail through the woods into Poland. We love this day as it does feel like we are escaping one country and disappearing into the next through the 'back door'. Don't worry though the locals are friendly and as we burst out of the trees we are greeted to the site of a wonderful ancient building. The mountain cabin at Orle is a wonderful characterful building that was originally the old glassworks, but today offers hot drinks and shelter to skiers.  It seems a shame not to stop for a coffee, though we have also been asked to try the home-made lemon vodka at 1000am! The rest of the day we wind our way around granite tors and through forests on world-class tracks. If the weather is good we will ski past the old military buildings at the summit and take in the view across the plains of Poland. Eventually after a long descent we reach Jakuszyce and the biathlon ski stadium where the Polish Bieg Piastow world loppet is held. There are several ski shops here, and a few hotels and we will wait for our taxi in one of the coffee bars enjoying some refreshments. 

    We overnight in Harrachov, now a small ski town, which was once famous for it's 300 year old glass making tradition and was home to Count Harrach’s family who were among the first to bring skis to the area. There are a few great gift shops here where you can buy examples of the glass, and other locally produced items. There is also a small ski museum which traces the history of skiing in this area. 

    Ascent: 399m (1308ft) Descent: 381 m (1249ft) Distance: 22.4km (14 miles) Duration: 5h30

  • The second half of our route is a 75km (47 miles) 3-day crossing along the backbone of the Krkonoše mountains known as the ‘Krkonosska magistrala’ from Harrachov to Zacler in the east. The route leaves Harrachov and weaves its way up steadily passing several traditional wooden cafes, and eventually the Mumlavky waterfalls. The trail continues to rise then leaves the tree line where we are greeted with excellent views. We stop at the traditional mountain hut ‘Vosecká Bouda’ for our lunch of hearty soup, and some great cake. Leaving the Bouda we follow the wooden marker posts across the plateau, in bad weather this can be an interesting section, but there are emergency shelters along the route if shelter is needed. We travel close to the highest peak of the Czech Republic, Sněžka at 1620m (5313ft), and our trail also passes near to the source of the river Elba. If we take this short detour then it is here where we can stand with a leg in each country! We will have then reached the highest point of the trip at 1472m (4828ft). After enjoying the view, north into Poland and South to the Czech Republic we begin to travel south keeping our height,  crossing the wide mountain plateau and passing the remains of WW2 snow covered military bunkers. We begin our descent then pick up the fun switch back forest tracks to reach Horni Misečy. Depending on availability our overnight will be in either Horni Misečy or Spinduleruv Myln.

    Ascent: 894m (2932ft) Descent: 867m (2843ft) Distance: 26.2km (16.4 miles) Duration: 6h00

  • We start early today to give us plenty of time to enjoy another full day in the mountains. Starting by the river we have a steady climb which soon gains superb views of the foothills south of the Krkonoše massif. Leaving the forest we cross over fields and pass farms to reach the open mountain meadows of Klinovka Bouda at 1200m (3936ft) making it the perfect stop for our lunch. Our afternoon involves another climb to reach easier ground and yet another superb network of tracks. The tracks are part of the Pec pod Sněžkou ski resort which is a popular area for downhill skiers, although you can be assured that we 'cross country' skiers are skiing well away from the bustle of the downhill area, unless of course you choose to join in the apres ski as we pass a few bars on the way to our hotel. It is lovely to arrive at Luciny and realise that we are in fact spending the night at the top of a mountain. Our hotel does not have vehicle access during the winter months and can only be reached on skis or on foot which makes it feel rather special. It is a location which offers some very lovely views of the mountains both near and far. 

    Ascent: 1025m (3362ft) Descent: 1287m (4221ft) Distance: 32km (20 miles) Duration: 6h00

  • Our final day sees us leave our mountain top base at Luciny as we head for our final destination and an overnight in the beautiful city of Trutnov. This morning we begin by skiing past various 'chatas', woodland cabins, as we ease our legs into the final stage of this wonderful mountain journey. Usually by this now everyone is reflecting on the cultural and mountain experience of our trip along the magistrála. We find there is general surprise at the number of cross country skiers to be found in this part of the world, and you may well end your holiday planning to come back for more! Today we ski woodland tracks which offer great views to the plains far below us before the swooping descents which pass Cerna Bouda farm and other remote woodland homes. Depending on snow conditions we will either stay high and do a circular route enjoying the pine forests, and finishing our day at Horní Maršov, a village in the Trutnov District, or we will ski directly to Horní Maršov, and continue along the final section of the trail which involves a climb to Kutná summit at 1002m (3286ft) and the Rýchorská Bouda mountain hut. A fun descent through pine trees past the remote hamlet of Rýchory takes us to the historic town of Žacléř the end of the Krkonoše Trail. To allow for a shorter taxi transfer back to Prague the following day we will stay in the nearby town of Trutnov for our final night and celebrations. The following statistics are for the full day to Zacler. If we finish at Horní Maršov we will still aim for a similar distance. 

    Ascent: 738m (2420ft) Descent: 1175m (3854ft) Distance: 25.3km (15.8 miles) Duration: 6h00

  • Today is departure day and our private transfer will collect the group after an early breakfast. It may be necessary to have breakfast in your room if the departure time is before the restaurant opens. The transfer time from Trutnov to Prague is 2 hours. Please refer to the 'Arrival and Departure' information in the 'Trip Information' section. 

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

On all of our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, comfortable, characterful, family run accommodation. 

We take time to research, update and view the best options available to us on every trip. Detailed below are examples of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable at the time of booking we will use alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

The trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. However on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee.

Chata Jarmilka, Bedrichov

Our first two nights are spent at the comfortable Chata Jamilka a traditional 'pension' or guest house specialising in local Czech cuisine. Located in the small ski village of Bedrichov our accommodation offers easy access to te the nordic ski tracks, ski rental a few shops and tourist office for maps. After our first ski day enjoy relaxing in the guest spa.

Hotel Panský dům, Jizerka

Hotel

The historic hamlet of Jizerka is made up of a few traditional farmsteads, cottages, church and a glass blowing factory. It lies amidst the rugged countryside of the Jizera Mountains. Hotel Panský Dům offers comfortable accommodation mainly in double rooms or quad rooms in this renovated yet traditional building.

We strive when possible to acquire double rooms at this location, but the nature of the accommodation means that sometimes we are in rooms for 4 people. In this case we aim to have 4 people of the same gender sleeping together, but cannot rule out that on a very rare occasions the sleeping arrangements might be 'mixed'. Do contact us if necessary to discuss. 

Hotýlek u hraběte, Harrachov

Hotel

We finish our ski day in Jakuszyce, Poland, but after a short transfer again sleep in the Czech Republic in Harrachov. The 3* Hotel and Spa "Hotýlek u hraběte Harrachov” is well positioned for the start of our three day ski traverse of the main Krkonose trail and is a 5 minute walk from the shops, bars and tourist office. The hotel has lovely ensuite rooms, a hearty breakfast and good range of evening meals. And, of course, we must not forget to mention the spa and swimming pool.

Hotel Hradec, Špindlerův Mlýn

Hotel

Tonight we are in the bustling little town of Špindlerův Mlýn which is a popular winter resort and a regular haunt of the people of Prague who often 'pop up' for the weekend. We stay at the Hotel Hradec which is centrally located and ideally place for the start of our ski journey the next day. The bedrooms are en suite, with private facilities, and are very clean and comfortable. The hotel also has a small spa area. 'Spindle' as the locals call the town has a range of shops and facilities.  

 

Hotel Oddech, Luciny

Hotel

The recently built 3*** Hotel Oddech is in a lovely situation at the top of a mountain. It is in fact on one of the Krkonoše ridges at 1120m (3673ft) above sea level with a wonderful view of the mountains. We receive a warm welcome from Nada who runs the hotel, and we are usually grateful at this stage in the trip to meet an owner who speaks excellent English and who can answer our many questions about the culture and country. Our luggage arrives by skidoo as there is no vehicle access in winter. 

The spacious rooms have showers and toilets en suite, and are bright and sunny. There is a spa in the hotel, but like all Czech hotels this has to be reserved in advance so do let us know upon arrival if you wish a sauna. The food here is plentiful and good, and it really is a gorgeous place to watch the sun go down after dinner. 

Hotel Pohoda, Trutnov

Hotel

We finish our last day of skiing in the Polish border town of Zacler and after a 20 minute transfer we arrive in the city of Trutnov for our last overnight. Trutnov, still in the Krkonose valley and on the Úpa River, is conveniently located for onward travel back to Prague. Our hotel is in the heart if the city with its own restaurant and has a variety of rooms and small ‘suites’ available, all with ensuite facilities.


  • Arrival

    To reach the start of the tour we recommend that you travel to and from Prague 'Vaclav Havel' International Airport. It is 12km (7.5 miles) from the city centre. One group transfer from Prague airport to the start of your trip is included in your trip. This will leave at approximately 17h00 from Prague Airport to Bedrichov. Please note the pick up time at Prague Airport may be brought forward once all client travel details have been received. The transfer time is 2 hours.  

    It is also possible to reach the start of the tour by public bus. From Prague travelling first to Luberic and then to Bedrichov. Please contact us for further details on this or visit the: www.studentagency.cz.

    Private Airport Transfer are reasonably priced with the services of Airport – Transfer – Prague.

    Departure

    At the end of the tour a transfer will collect the group after an early breakfast from Trutnov to return to Prague Airport for 1000 hrs. The return transfer time is also 2 hours. Flights should therefore be booked to leave Prague from 1200 hrs onwards.

    It is also possible to leave the end of the tour by public bus travelling from Trutnov direct to Prague. Please contact us for further details on this or visit the: www.studentagency.cz.

    Private airport transfers are reasonably priced with the services of Airport – Transfer – Prague.

    We will adjust both arrival pick up time and departure time at the end of the week once we have all clients travel details if required, if you are unsure about what flights to book then please contact us to discuss. 

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Krakanos’ (the Czech mythical mountain creature) says he can't promise anything, but in Jizerka they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow in December and continue until mid-April.

    We run our Czech/Polish frontier tour at a time of year when the snow is usually reliable and the tracks are well maintained. However, in the event of poor snow conditions, we will offer an alternative ski itinerary offering the same quantity of kilometres (miles) per day.

  • For this tour you will be using 'classic' track skis. You can use either a fishscale ski or 'skintec' ski. Ski rental can be arranged at the trail head at Ski Servis Ma’ra and will normally be 'fishscale' skis. We would only recommend ‘waxing’ skis if you are already comfortable with waxing techniques. The ski bindings are normally Salomon SNS, but they do have some NNN compatible bindings too. The shop also has a small selection of hats, gloves and waxes

    Please advise us if you wish to hire skis, poles and boots. The price is approximately 250Kr/10€ per day. The cost to return the skis from Trutnov back to the Bedrichov ski rental will be between 25€-40€ per person. The price varies as the taxi cost is in accordance with the number in the group needing this service. Please pay the rental shop directly in cash when you collect your skis.

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are available on this trip except on one night and are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £180. 

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required.

    As your luggage will be moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • The climate of the Krkonoše is marked by frequent weather changes. The winters are cold and snow depths above 3 metres (9.8 feet) are not uncommon. Many parts of the mountains are covered with snow for five or six months. There can be a dense fog at the higher altitudes.

    In February the temperature average is  -6°Celsius (21.2°F). Temperatures range from -9°Celsius (15.8°F) to -4°Celsius (24.8 °F). These statistics are gather from the weather station at Sniezka, which is 9km (5.6 miles) from Krkonoše.

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • This trip can easily be extended with days either at the start or end of your trip to visit the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague. Prague (or Praha in Czech) is well worth a visit. Known as the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe or city of a Hundred Spires, and a UNESCO monument it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Tourism has driven the regeneration of Prague, transforming run down buildings into fine restaurants, vibrant bars and stylish hotels.

    For more information about visiting Prague visit: The Prague Experience, Prague Tourism and the 10 Top Things to Do in Prague.

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2020

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What's Included

  • Half board accommodation; Breakfast, and 3 course Dinner, based on two people sharing 
  • Use of hotel spa/saunas
  • Transfers to/from Prague airport
  • Free use of the ski tracks in Poland and the Czech Republic.
  • Daily luggage transfers (1x bag per person)
  • Fees and expenses of a qualified BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Ski hire
  • Drinks, lunches and snacks
  • Return of the skis to the hire shop 

A challenging, but very rewarding multi-day ski trip. The skiing in the Czech Republic was great (if a bit icy) and landscape and facilities were beautiful.

Using Tracks and Trials provided an excellent no-hassle way of skiing an unusual and interesting area. I had used the company twice before and was confident they would deliver. Our guide, Pascal, was knowledgeable, expert and considerate. The accommodation, food and skiing were all excellent. What more could one want?

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At a Glance

From Price £1695
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1472m (4828ft)
Countries Visited Poland, Czech Republic
Meet In Prague airport, Czech Republic
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Having fun on 'skinny' skis in the Czech Republic

Crazy Skiing in the Czech Republic

A snowy day on the trail

Why book with T&T?

  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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