Krkonoše

Ski / Mountain Resort in Czech Republic

Introduction

The Krkonoše Mountains (the Giant Mountains) are the highest and the most visited mountain range in the Czech Republic. They are located along the border with Poland, in the West they connect with the Jizerské Mountains. They stretch over 38 km in length, and their greatest width is 25 km. The highest peak of Krkonoše, and at the same time of the whole of the Czech Republic, is the Sněžka Mountain. The Krkonoše Mountains provide the opportunity of year-round attractive and active leisure. In winter, it is, of course, downhill and cross-country skiing.

The highest mountain can be translated as "Snowhead" and is located directly on the Polish-Czech border. At 1,602 meters high, it is the highest mountain of the Czech Republic. There is a restaurant and a chapel on the Polish side. The peak can be reached via a modern gondola from the Czech side or a more antiquated chairlift from the Polish side. Hiking trails to peak approach from both sides of the mountain as well. The Elbe River starts near the border - it is one of the longest rivers in Central Europe and flows from the Czech Republic, (Bohemia) all the way through Germany to Hamburg.

The Krkonoše Mountains have a rich skiing history and currently offer many modern ski resorts - Špindlerův Mlýn, Pec pod Sněžkou, Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Harrachov, Benecko, Jilemnice, Vítkovice, Paseky nad Jizerou, Vysoké nad Jizerou, Vrchlabí, Janské Lázně, Malá Úpa, Černý Důl, Žacléř, Svoboda nad Úpou, Mladé Buky, and more. Kilometres of maintained cross-country skiing trails are prepared for cross-country skiers so that they can literally criss-cross the Krkonoše Mountains. Ski buses and winter buses make transfers in the mountains easier for skiers.

In the summer months, they offer ideal conditions for hiking, the fitter ones can ride through the mountains on a bicycle, and will appreciate the well functioning cycle buses. The dense network of hiking trails will lead visitors of the Krkonoše Mountains to the most beautiful and most attractive places. Examples include the Mumlava waterfall close to Harrachov, Labská dam below the Špindlerův Mlýn resort, the springs of the Elbe River, the lookout towers Štěpánka, Žalý and Černá Hora and many museums.

In addition to skiing and hiking, Krkonoše offer a variety of other activities. Your adrenaline level will be raised by the bobsleigh track or rope climbing center offered in Harrachov, Špindlerův Mlýn and Pec pod Sněžkou. You can also try paragliding, snowmobiling, snow tubing, mountain scooters or quads. You can play a game of bowling, golf, tennis and a variety of other traditional and non-traditional sports.


Nature protection

On both the Czech and Polish side, large parts of the mountain range are protected as national parks and nature reserves.

The Czech Krkonoše National Park (Krkonošský národní park, KRNAP) was created in 1963 as the second national park in Czechoslovakia, making it the oldest national park in the Czech Republic. Its area is approximately 370 square kilometres (140 sq mi), including not only the subalpine zone but also large parts down to the foot of the mountains.

Poland's Karkonosze National Park (Karkonoski Park Narodowy, KPN) was created in 1959 and covers an area of 55.8 square kilometres (21.5 square miles). It covers the highly sensitive higher parts of the mountain range from an altitude of about 900 to 1,000 metres (3,000 to 3,300 feet) and some special nature reserves below this zone.

The strict conservation regulations of the Polish national park prohibit reforestation of damaged and dead forests. On the Czech side, however, large-scale reforestation projects are common.


Climate

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 is often dense fog at the higher altitudes. On average, mount Sněžka/Śnieżka is at least partly hidden in fog and/or clouds on 296 days, and has an average of about 0.2 °C, which is similar to places much further north, like Iceland. The main ridge is one of the most wind-exposed areas of Europe. On the northern side the Foehn wind is a frequent meteorological phenomenon. The annual precipitation ranges from about 700 millimetres (28 inches) at the foot of the mountains up to 1,230 millimetres (48 inches) on mount Sněžka/Śnieżka. The highest precipitation, at 1,512 mm (59.5 in), is reached in the snow pits in the valleys at the foot of the main ridge.

Transportation - Get In

Various means of transport can be used to get to the highest Czech mountains. Travelling between Krkonose villages has been easier since the introduction of the Krkonose cyclobuses operated by the Krkonose Union of Towns and Boroughs.

BY CAR

For most people, the car is the most comfortable means of transport. If you go by car to the Krkonose, you must remember that you are in the Krkonossky National Park area and pay special attention to nature conservation. This is also the reason why access by car is prohibited in some places, such as Zlate navrsi, Spindlerova bouda and others, and only local buses can be used, or a special permit must be purchased from the Krkonossky National Park Administration. A suitable road to the Krkonose can be found, for instance, at www.mapy.cz.

BY TRAIN

Given the altitude of many Krkonose towns and villages, and a landscape characterised by steep valleys and peaks, the mountain range lacks train connections in many places. Travelling by train actually means changing trains and takes much time. Railway terminals are located in Harrachov, Rokytnice, Vrchlabi, Trutnov, Svoboda nad Upou and Zacler. Connections can be found at www.idos.cz.

BY BUS

Direct bus lines to various places in the Krkonose are operated especially from Hradec Kralove and Praha. There is at least one direct line once a day from more distant places such as Brno or Usti nad Labem. Suitable connections can be found at www.idos.cz.

BY BUS TO THE PEAKS

Buses operating in shuttle mode can take tourists to the very tops of some of the mountains:
  • From Horni Misecky to Zlate navrsi – Vrbatova chalet. For departures, see www.idos.cz; the lines are designated as 670073 Vítkovice,,Horní Míseèky – Vítkovice,,Zlaté Návrší.
  • From Spindleruv Mlyn to Spindlerovka – see www.spindleruv-mlyn.cz –> Timetables, the line number is 696001

Transportation - Get Around


Local buses connect larger mountain towns. For schedules, consult the IDOS timetable. During summer season, there are special tourist bus lines, transporting bikes.

Ski Area


HARRACHOV SPORT AREA
One of the most beautiful winter sports resorts in the Czech Republic. The focus of this resort is versatile and, in addition to quality downhill courses, Harrachov offers ideal conditions for skiers and skiers of all levels of difficulty. Harrachov is a well-known place for diving competitions including world cups and world championships.

Running tracks:
- racing 2 x 7.5 km
- Other 110 km

Harrachov is famous mainly for ski jumps: K8, K15, K40, K70, K90, K120, K185.

Another services:
- ski schools: 5; sports equipment rental: 8; public parking, snacks, restaurants, cinema, museums.


PASEKY NA JIZEROU
The ski area is located in Paseky nad Jizerou on the large slopes of Hořenska. There are 5 ski lifts in total, which are operated by Paseky nad Jizerou and Pizár s.r.o.
Visitors have a wide choice of terrains - training meadows, slopes of light and heavy difficulty. Snowboard lovers will also come to their place. There is a new snowpark. Part of the downhill runs are technically snow-covered. Ski schools and equipment rental are available on site. Refreshment possible. The car park is located directly at the bottom of the lifts. You can buy a ski pass valid for the whole area. From the top ski lifts, cross-country skiers can go round the White Rock and the most beautiful lookout tower of the Jizera Mountains - to Stepanska. The circuits follow the "Giant Mountains Ski Journey", which crosses the Giant Mountains and on the other side of the "Jizerskohorská magistrála".

The ski resort is part of Skiregionu.cz.
The lifts are from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.


SKIAREAL HORNÍ DOMKY
The most popular ski resorts of the western Giant Mountains undoubtedly belong to Rokytnice nad Jizerou. The local association of lifts and cableway operators (these are Spartak Rokytnice, Skiservis Udatný, ski resort Pařez, ski resort Modrá Hvězda and ski resort Bahýnka) allows skiing for one common skipas.Un the surroundings of Rokytnice nad Jizerou you can use 32.5 km of cross-country skiing tracks . The largest operator of lifts and cable cars is Spartak Rokytnice, a.s., which owns ski resorts Horní Domky and Studenov.

Horní Domky Ski Resort is situated on the southern slopes of Lysá hora and is popular especially for the variation and the width of downhill runs, which reach up to 100 m. Skiers and snowboarders can use downhill runs of all difficulty in the total length of over 14 km, snowpark and children's park mobile belt. This year's largest blue slopes have expanded. The camp is the home of Filip Trejbal's junior world champion.

Studenov Ski Resort is located near the center of Rokytnice nad Jizerou. It is suitable for beginners and medium-sized skiers.

Modrá hvězda and Bahýnka are located near the Upper Square. The resorts are especially designed for families with children and beginners.

In all ski resorts in Rokytnice or in their immediate vicinity are available ski and snowboard equipment, ski shops, ski schools, restaurants and fast food.

Free Skibus runs throughout Rokytnice nad Jizerou mostly at half-hour intervals. Another free Skibus runs between the central car park and the Upper Domky Ski Resort. The central parking lot in Rokytnice nad Jizerou P2-P4 is free of charge, P1 is paid.

All these operators are members of SKIREGION.CZ, which means that cross-country and multi-day tickets are valid in Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Harrachov, Paseky nad Jizerou, Rejdice and Příchovice.

Operation of individual ski resorts:
Horní Domky - 8:00 - 16:00
Studenov - 8:00 - 16:00
Ski Pařez - 8:30 - 16:00
Blue Star-Bahyn - 9: 00-16: 00.
Skiservis Udatný - 8:00 - 16:00 hod.
evening skiing 19:00 - 21:00


SKI AREA KAMENEC
Ski Resort is located near the center of Jablonec nad Jizerou.
2 ski lifts and 3 km of downhill courses of varying difficulty, suitable for demanding skiers and families with children.

The new feature is the slalom track, the snow-fun park, and the children's corner with a string train.
The slopes are adjusted daily and the technical snow of the slopes guarantees good snow conditions. Daily evening skiing takes place on one of the longest lit slopes.

The car park is located directly at the grounds and is FREE. Pleasant restaurant at the lower station of the lift with a covered outdoor seating and also 2 bistro.
Tickets can also be used in the partner-connected ski resort Šachty - Vysoké nad Jizerou, which is less than 5 km away.

Transport SKIBUSEM from Prague, Jičín, Mladá Boleslav, Mnichovo Hradiště, Semil, Turnov, Železný Brod. Reservation of places + information on +420 737 222 456

The permanent residence from the ski resort Kamenec is also valid in the areas of Šachty - Vysoké nad Jizerou, Kašperské Hory and Kozinec.
More information on the site - www.skikamenec.cz


SKI AREA SHATTLE
The modern family SKI complex Šachty is situated on the outskirts of the town of Vysoké nad Jizerou.
1 x new two anchor lift; 4 x single lift and 5.5 km downhill courses with pleasant terrain with state-of-the-art snow technology. Daily evening skiing with a nice restaurant at the top station.

The area offers maximum enjoyment for children: children's ski lift, carousel, snowtubing, children's scooters, cable lifts and training meadows!
Bicycle, SKIservis and ski school including service - babysitting.

More than 35m of perfectly marked and regularly adjusted cross-country skiing. The cross-country skiing area has its own facilities: changing room, toilets, ski room. Around the Vysoke (especially towards the Jizera Mountains), the routes are regularly adjusted as it is part of the highway.

Parking: Three parking zones can be used throughout the complex.

Pleasant restaurant with sitting on the terrace and wonderful views of the surrounding hills as well as 3x bistro.
Transport by SKIBUS from Jičín, Mladá Boleslav, Mnicho Hradiště, Semil, Turnov, Železný Brod. Reservation of places + information on +420 737 222 456
The perimeter from the Šachty ski resort is also valid in the areas of Kamenec - Jablonec nad Jizerou, Kašperské Hory and Kozinec.

More information on the site - www.skisachty.cz


SKIAREÁL BENECKO
Thanks to its unique location around 900 m above sea level, Benecko is situated above the smog cloud for most of the year, guaranteeing not only the clean and fragrant air, but also the most sunny days of the year.

Modern ski area Benecko offers ideal conditions for families with children. You will find various sunny slopes for beginners and intermediate, slalom slopes for sporty skiers, two snowparks for freestyle slots and a children's ski pass.

We have a 4-chair lift, 11 ski lifts, a children's rope lift, a 40m long mobile track and two snowtubing tracks for beginner kids skiers

Of course there is artificial snow and everyday evening skiing (Kejnos, HSK, Zvon and snowtubing park).

If you do not go skiing or snowboarding, but prefer cross country skiing, we have prepared cross-country skiing tracks where you can practice both classic and skating.

Here you can also sled and swim. Your activities are not bound!


VÍTKOVICE SKIAREÁL ALDROV
Vítkovice in the Giant Mountains lies at an average altitude of 683 m above sea level in the eastern part of the Liberec Region.

The dominant feature of the village is the Boat at an altitude of 1435 m. The Vitkovice Ski Resort offers excellent snow conditions for downhill skiing of all ages (from the children's ski lifts to the professional snowpark). Of course there are groomed cross-country trails with a total length of over 33 km with connection to the Giant Mountains.

Aldrov, Vurmovka and Janova Hora offer visitors all the technical background:
restaurants, refreshments, sanitary facilities, ski service, rentals, ski and snowboard schools, Mountain Services with Infirmary.

The quality of the tracks is ensured by day treatment and technical snow. Ski lifts are available with 6 lifts and 1 chair lift "Presidential Express". Evening skiing on Aldro and Jan Mountain 3-4 times a week. When purchasing a daily and multi-day ticket type GOLDEN PASS, it is possible to ski in the Aldrov and Vurmovka areas.

The snowpark of the European parameters in Vítkovice is not only a quality snowpark but also serves as a training center for young sports such as freestyle snowboarding and freeskiing, whose main goal is to raise awareness and level of sports in this segment. Own lift, daily maintenance, races, camps and, above all, high-quality travel. www.freestylearea.eu Parking in the village FREE. Discount 10% for daily and multi-day fare for ISIC Student Card Students Collaboration with KRKONOŠE regioncard.cz where you will find many discounts and benefits in Vítkovice and its surroundings.

In Janově Hoře Mountain there is the Hucul Farm, which organizes rides on horses in the mountains, in the winter on sledges.

Aldrov Ski Resort was and still is the home skiing area of ​​Šárka Záhrobská - junior world champion in slalom 2005 and world champion in slalom from Aare 2007. As a small one she trained and grew up to top performances in world cups. Last year here Sarka Zagrobska christened one of the three slopes we named after it.


SKIAREÁL ŠPINDLERŮV MLÝN
The center of Horní Mísečky is situated in a quiet area of ​​Vitkovice at an altitude of 1,000 m above sea level. and its atmosphere is suitable for family recreation. Both racing and standard cross-country trails in the length of 50 km are among the best in the Czech Republic and as the only ones are situated at an altitude of 1,000 m.

Boarding and accommodation is possible right in the premises of Horní Míseček and access is on the new road II. class from Jilemnice to the central car park in Horní Mísečky.

The Medvědín cableway, which leads to an altitude of 1,270 m above sea level, is an ideal connection between Horní Míseček and Špindlerův Mlýn. There are downhill courses of all difficulty for both demanding and beginners. All slopes in Medvědín and Horní Mísečky are technically snow-covered. The snowshoe system is up to the stadium.

The Center on the Upper Mísečky is complemented by other services, such as night skiing, snowboard park, children's ski school (SKOL MAX), snowboard school and snowtubing attractiveness supplements designed for children and adults. Directly in the resort there are 220 beds, 2 restaurants and a wine bar.

In Medvědín - Horní Mísečky you will have a four-chair cableway and five ski lifts at the top of the downhill slopes.


SKIAREÁL ŠPINDLERŮV MLÝN
SKIAREAL Spindleruv Mlyn is the most famous winter sports resort in the Czech Republic. It is located 120 km north of Prague. The ski area has excellent conditions for both downhill and cross-country skiing.
Apart from the daily slopes of all difficulty levels, which are snowed by technical snow, the resort offers 70 km of cross-country trails and 130 km of ridge roads. A new feature for the winter season is the improvement of the downhill and cross-country skiing tracks, as well as the construction of a new three-seater chairlift in Hromovka, including a new ski slope.

Another services:
winter skiing, winter hiking, ski repair and hire, horse-drawn sleigh, children's ski school, nowboard school. Many other sports activities - tennis, squash, swimming pools, fitness centers, rogalo, skittles, a large offer of accommodation, 52 restaurants, 17 discos and wine-cellars with dance, cinema.


LANOVÁ DRÁHA SNEŽKA, A.S.
Ski Resort Pec pod Sněžkou is part of the largest Czech ski resort, which offers the most kilometers of slopes for 1 skipass (37.6 km).

Skiareál Pec pod Sněžkou is equipped with a 4-chair lift, 9 ski lifts and 1 taxi. Skiers here have 12.5 km of downhill courses of varying difficulty. Ski terrains are especially popular with families with children as it is possible to choose from training bows to challenging downhill runs. Evening skiing is provided on three illuminated Javor1,2 downhill slopes and on the slopes of Zahrádky 3. Freestyle fans are prepared with FunPark and SnowPark on the ski slope Javor 2, cross-country skiing tracks are maintained for cross-country skiers.

In the ski resort Pec pod Sněžkou visitors will find a lot of news this winter. Three slopes are newly equipped with technical snow. Attractive novelty for both small and large skiers is the 450-meter long Funline slope with tunnels, obstacles, tilted curves. You will find it in Pec pod Snezkou, right next to the slope High slope. Similar to radar speeds on the roads, a new Top Speed ​​radar will be installed in Pec pod Sněžkou on the slopes. The 200 meters long section measures the current downhill speed.

Ski Resort Pec pod Sněžkou is part of the ski resort ČERNÁ HORA - PEC, a ski region with the validity of a common ticket in the areas of Černá hora (Janske Lazne), Pec pod Snezkou, Cerny Dul, Velká Úpa and Svoboda nad Upou.

SkiResort ČERNÁ HORA - PEC offers visitors various ski slopes with a total length of 37,6 km (75% equipped with technical snow). It features 1 cable car, 5 chair lifts, 31 ski lifts and 3 taxis. In four of the five venues, skiers can test the track of the giant slalom / time lapse race. Evening skiing is in operation at four of the five SkiResort resorts. For children's learning, the Černý Důl area is ideal with a modernly equipped children's ski park. SkiResort ČERNÁ HORA also takes care of the regular adjustment of cross-country ski trails up to 90 km.

SkiTour - ski and roller from Černá hora to Pec pod Sněžkou. Just take the cabin lift from Janske Lazne to Montenegro, about 300 meters to get rolled and go 3 kilometers from Černá hora to Pec pod Sněžkou skiing. In the Czech Republic, it is the first such interconnection of ski resorts, which allows for skiing, for example, in the morning at Černá hora and in the afternoon in Pec pod Sněžkou.

Transport of skiers between SkiResort ČERNÁ HORA - PEC ski areas during the high season is ensured by 3 backbone ski buses, complemented by the network of CITY bus in Janské Lázně, Pec pod Sněžkou and Černý Dole. Three ski bus lines are provided by skiers for evening skiing.


SKIRESORT ČERNÁ HORA - PEC (BLACK DOLL)
Černý Důl Ski Resort is part of the largest Czech ski resort, which offers the most kilometers of slopes for 1 ski pass (37.6 km).

Černý Důl Ski Resort is an area suitable for families with children and beginners. Wide ski slopes will also be appreciated by skilful skiers. The resort has downhill slopes up to 1400 m long, 2 cableways, 6 ski lifts and a modernly equipped children's ski park for ski instruction with a travel belt.

Černý Důl Ski Area is part of Ski Resort ČERNÁ HORA - PEC, a ski region with the validity of a common ticket in the areas of Černá hora (Janské Lázně), Pec pod Sněžkou, Černý Důl, Velká Úpa and Svoboda nad Upou.

SkiResort ČERNÁ HORA - PEC offers visitors various ski slopes with a total length of 37,6 km (75% equipped with technical snow). It features 1 cable car, 5 chair lifts, 31 ski lifts and 3 taxis. In four of the five venues, skiers can test the track of the giant slalom / time lapse race. Evening skiing is in operation at four of the five SkiResort resorts. For children's learning, the Černý Důl area is ideal with a modernly equipped children's ski park. SkiResort ČERNÁ HORA also takes care of the regular adjustment of cross-country ski trails up to 90 km.

SkiTour - ski and roller from Černá hora to Pec pod Sněžkou. Just take the cabin lift from Janske Lazne to Montenegro, about 300 meters to get rolled and go 3 kilometers from Černá hora to Pec pod Sněžkou skiing. In the Czech Republic, it is the first such interconnection of ski resorts, which allows for skiing, for example, in the morning at Černá hora and in the afternoon in Pec pod Sněžkou.

Transport of skiers between SkiResort ČERNÁ HORA - PEC ski resorts during the high season is ensured by the ski bus on 3 backbone lines, complemented by the network of CITY buses in Janské Lázně, Pec pod Sněžkou and Černý Dole. Three ski bus lines are provided by skiers for evening skiing.


SKI AREA LUISINO ÚADOLÍ - LOWER DVŮR
The ski resort lies in the heart of the Giant Mountains between Dolní Dvůr and Strážné.

The opening hours are 9:00 am
February and March to 16:30.

Two ski lifts new KOTVA 500m from 2005 and older POMA 300m. Both lifts have a smooth speed regulation. The transport capacity of the lifts is 1900os / hour. The ski slopes are regularly adjusted by the professional Kassborher roller coaster. Ski slopes of medium difficulty for downhill skiing and snowboarding, also suitable for families with children. / degree red and blue /. From 2008, all ski slopes will be artificially snow-covered.

For both children and adults there is a professional ski and snowboard school.

Skiing without queues at the cheapest prices in the Giant Mountains.
In the complex there is fast food and restaurant / Liberecká bouda /, a rental and ski school.

You can visit the whirlpool or sauna at the Liberecká bouda. /www.libereckabouda.cz/

Free WIFI internet access is available throughout the property.
Of course there is an unpaid parking lot with sufficient capacity.
For those interested in the area over 15 people, there is a free ski bus service to the ski bus. It must be ordered by phone.

Infocentrum: +420 499 432 499,
www.levnevleky.cz

Activities & Things to do

The Krkonoše mountains are a traditional winter sports centre in Middle Europe. The largest mountain resorts are located on the Czech side in Pec pod Sněžkou, Špindlerův Mlýn, Harrachovand Janské Lázně and on the Polish side in Szklarska Poręba, Karpacz and Kowary.

August Neidhardt von Gneisenau described a sledging of ten kilometres (6.2 miles) from Grenzbauden (Pomezní boudy) to Schmiedeberg (Kowary) already in 1817. Much earlier however heavy sledges already transported timber and hay whereas smaller and more manoeuvrable sledges, so called "Hitsch'n", were used to get faster from the ridges down into the valleys. Races with both types of sledges were a popular pastime among the locals and became an attraction for tourists. As sledging became more and more popular competitions were organized, the most popular and earliest during the late 19th century in Johannisbad (Janské Lázně). Around 1900 3930 sledges with long horn-shaped runners and 6000 sport sledges were counted on both sides of the mountains.

Nordic skiing was introduced during the same time when in 1880 Dr. Krause from Hirschberg (Jelenia Gora) bought some Norwegian skis in Stettin (Szczecin). A pair of them, the first recorded skis in the Krkonoše mountains, ended up at the Peterbaude (Petrovka). The locals however didn't know their purpose, and it wasn't until Fridtjof Nansens "Paa ski over Grønland" (The First Crossing of Greenland) was translated into German in 1891 that skiing became popular. At the same year the first ski manufacture of Austria–Hungary was established in Jungbuch (Mladé Buky) by master carpenter Franz Baudisch. The first crossing of the main ridge was done in 1892/93. Skiing as a popular sport was mainly brought forward by forest wardeners, teachers and industrialists and business people who provided money to create and maintain the needed infrastructure and sponsored equipment for poorer people and schools.

Around 1900 a number of sports clubs were founded in the Krkonoše mountains. The leading role of the region back then was emphasised by the fact that 5 of the 12 founding clubs of the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) were located in this part of the Bohemia, that the office of the ÖSV was located in Hohenelbe (Vrchlabí) for the first three years (afterwards it moved to Vienna and finally Innsbruck) and that the first president of the ÖSV was Guido Rotter, a local from the mountains. The clubs on the Silesian side were part of the German Ski Association (DSV). After the breakup of Austro-Hungary and the creation of Czechoslovakia the German clubs of the Bohemian side of the Giant mountains joined the newly founded HDW, an association for all German winter sports clubs in Czechoslovakia, whereas the small Czech minority joined the Svaz lyžařů, an association for all Czech winter sports clubs.

The towns and villages of the Krkonoše mountains became a popular venue for national and international competitions, its athletes ranked among the best of the era. The first German Nordic combined champion was a local, the competition itself was staged in Schreiberhau (Szklarska Poręba). Schreiberhau also hosted several luge championships. Martin Tietze and his sister Friedel from neighbouring Brückenberg (Karpacz) won the European luge championships many times. The first Rendezvous race, predecessor of today's Nordic Ski Championships, was hosted by Johannisbad, the majority of the competitions were won by HDW athletes.

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