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

Join us for a unique skiing experience! 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 'wild' frontier between the two countries.


  • We are a BASI Approved Nordic Ski School
  • 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
  • Excellent accommodation with wellness areas
  • 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
  • Cheaper rate for couples

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.

*Many of the hotels have double beds as standard therefore, if you are booking as a couple the trip price can be reduced by £100.


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.

- Kris, United States, 2019

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?

- Stephen, Luxembourg, 2018


  • 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.


We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. All of our trips are based on two people sharing a bedroom. If you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. In many cases a single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking. If you have any questions about the accommodation please contact us.

The accommodation on this trip is the best along the route and varies from 2-4* hotels except for one one night when we stay in a family run guest house. After your ski day enjoy the luxury of a spa, pool or wellness area nearly every night.

A single room is available every night on this trip and in many hotels a double bed is standard. If you are booking as a couple and would like a room with a double bed then the advertised trip price can be reduced by £100.

Hotel Premier, Bedrichov


Our first two nights are at the modern 4* Hotel Premier. From our hotel we can enjoy views across the Bedrichov hills of Bohemia. It is also perfectly situated directly by the nordic ski tracks. After our first ski day enjoy relaxing in the hotel spa and wellness centre.

Hotel Jizerka 4, Kořenov


Jizerka is a paradise for adventurers on skis! After reaching the farmstead of Jizerka we descend down a short way to reach our accommodation for the night, 4* Hotel Jizerka. The hotel offers half board accommodation including a continental or buffet breakfast, warm and cosy doubles rooms and access to a wellness area.

At the hotel, rooms come with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The rooms have a safety deposit box and WIFI.

Wellness Hotel Svornost, Harrachov


The Svornost Wellness Hotel lies surrounded by the scenic Giant Mountains, only 5 minutes from the centre of Harrachov, a popular winter and summer mountain resort.

On the ground floor you there is a wellness centre, featuring an indoor swimming pool (free for hotel guests), fitness facilities, a sauna, massages, massage foot baths and many more relaxing treats.

Enjoy great food from the rich buffet. All rooms feature a satellite TV, phone, private bathroom with a shower, and toilet. Enjoy an unforgettable holiday right in the heart of the Krkonoše Mountains.

Penzion Sofinata, Špindlerův Mlýn


The family guesthouse Sofinata, which includes an Italian pizzeria, is located on the banks of the River Elbe in the very centre of the popular ski town of Špindlerův Mlýn. They offer accommodation in standard double rooms with private bathroom facilities. Each room also has has wifi and a flat-screen TV. The guest house also has an ATM machine that guests can use.

We always enjoy a warm welcome here. The owner and staff of the guesthouse are very friendly and helpful. They offer typical homemade Italian ingredients imported from around Abruzzo and Campania using only original and the highest quality Italian ingredients. The food is very, very tasty and a continental breakfast is available daily. Yum!

Horský hotel Kolínská Bouda, Pec pod Sněžkou


Our ski route runs right to our next stop, the Horský hotel Kolínská bouda. This historic chalet is situated on the ridge of one of the mountains in Pec pod Sněžkou and is cut off by snow in the winter. Access is only on skis and snowshoes and our luggage arrives on the snow mobile!

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, a restaurant with traditional Czech cuisine and local beers and buffet style breakfast. The wellness area includes a hot tub, sauna, foot spa and heated pool. The rooms have all been recently refurbished and offer wifi.

Hotel Pohoda, Trutnov


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.

  • When booking a trip during the pandemic we ask that you keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and be flexible.

    Any holiday taken during the Covid-19 pandemic may be subject to change and with little or no notice of that change. As the past months have proven no-one can predict the situation from one week to the next, however, we will do our very best to gauge the best response to any new developments. New restrictions or guidelines might affect where we eat out, which accommodation we can stay in, and potentially transport arrangements if the numbers in vehicles are restricted. 

    Itineraries may not be exactly as advertised due to new regulations or restrictions. We are sure there will be various scenarios which we have not even thought about that might lead to a change or adaptation in the itinerary.

    Please read our Covid-19 Cancellation Policy and ensure you have appropriate insurance as per our recommendations. We also ask that you make yourself aware of the entry requirements of any country you are visiting on your trip. We have compiled a Travel Links Advice list to help you source the correct information. 

  • 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:

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


    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:

    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. 

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    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.

  • Your safety while skiing is our top priority. All skiers are requested to adhere to the Code of Conduct published by the International Ski Federation, or FIS. The aim is to make you, the skier, aware of how to avoid risks, take responsibility and act thoughtfully while on the cross-country ski tracks. 

    • Respect for others
      A cross-country skier must ski in such a manner that he/she does not endanger or
      prejudice others.
    • Respect for signs, direction and running style
      Trail marking signs must be respected on any trail marked with an indicated
      direction. A skier shall proceed only in that indicated direction and ski in the
      indicated running style.
    • Choice of trails and tracks
      On cross-country trails with more than one packed track, a skier should choose
      the right-hand track. Skiers in groups must keep in the right track behind each other. With free
      running style, skiers shall keep to their right-hand-side of the trail.
    • Overtaking
      A skier is permitted to overtake and pass another skier to the left or right. A skier ahead is not obliged to give way to an overtaking skier, but should allow a faster skier to pass whenever this is possible.
    • Encounter
      Cross-country skiers meeting while skiing opposite directions shall keep to their
      right. A descending skier has priority.
    • Poles
      A cross-country skier shall make the utmost effort to keep his poles close to his/her
      body when near another skier.
    • Control of speed
      A cross-country skier, and especially going downhill, shall always adapt his/her
      speed to personal ability and to the prevailing terrain and visibility and to the
      traffic on the course. Every skier should keep a safe distance from the skiers ahead. As a last resort, an intentional fall should be used to avoid collision.
    • Keeping trails and tracks clear
      A skier who stops must leave the trail. In the case of a fall, he/she shall clear the trail
      without delay.
    • Accident
      In case of an accident, everyone should render assistance.
    • Identification
      Everybody at an accident, whether witnesses, responsible parties or not, must
      establish their identity. 
  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you will encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. 


    We use 'classic' style cross country track skis for this trip either ‘fishscales’ or ‘skintec’. You can choose to bring your own 'classic' track skis (non-metal edged), however, do check with us first to ensure they are suitable. 

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired at the start of the trip. The cost of hire is indicated in 'Trip Information'. If you are intending to hire you must inform us as soon as possible as equipment must be booked in advance. The type of ski supplied by the hire shop is provided in the 'Ski Rental' section of the Trip Information page. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    • Ski ties - to hold your skis together, useful but not essential
    • Rucksack - 20 to 25 litres with waist and chest strap. You need space to carry your kit, and an item of group kit
    • Rucksack waterproof cover or liner to keep contents dry
    • Water container - 1 litre, drink tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
    • Whistle


    • Waterproof jacket - essential, this must keep you dry during a day of continuous snowfall or at least as dry as any waterproof jacket ever keeps you!
    • Waterproof trousers - in case of heavy snowfall
    • Trousers - lightweight, windproof and warm 
    • Thermal top - long sleeves
    • Thin fleece - long sleeves
    • Waistcoat - fleece/wind stopper 
    • Gloves x 2 (one thick and one thin)
    • Over-mittens for colder days can be useful
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Head/ear band 
    • Duvet jacket (or second warm layer)
    • Scarf or 'Buff' for neck
    • Socks - 2 or 3 pairs


    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • Goggles - or Nordic Ski Visor
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets - eg Dioralyte
    • Throat lozenges
    • Antiseptic cream/spray


    • Mountain Rescue/Ski Insurance documents - compulsory
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • Cash - Koruna/Euros - refer to the Currency section under ‘Trip Information’

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Hair dryer if required 
    • Travel Kettle if required 
    • Swimwear for when sauna is available
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Short gaiters for snowy days
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries 
    • Padlock - for luggage being transferred

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit 

  • 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.

  • For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and 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 £400. 

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class ski instructors who are passionate about their work. 

    Your ski instructor will be a BASI qualified, or equivalent, Nordic Ski Instructor. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors and is one of Europe's leading examining boards for those choosing a career in snow sports. For some countries your ski instructor will hold the national qualification required for the country you are visiting. All are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    In the majority of cases your instructor will also be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. 

    Please note your 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. 

    You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page. 

  • 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 purchase your own snacks. 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. 

  • Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate. On this ski journey the maps are not always easy to find. You may be able to pick up maps at our starting point, but it is not always possible. One map which you can buy on line before leaving, which will cover a large section of your route is:

    Eurokart: Krkonoše Praktická Mapa 12:25,000


  • 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.

  • The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna. Although the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, the Euro is not widely accepted here. Some stores, restaurants and hotels accept payments in euros, but the exchange rate may not be very favourable. We would advise that, if possible, you arrive with some Czech Koruna. There is an ATM at Bedrichov where you spend the first two nights.

    We will briefly visit Poland on one day, but it is not necessary to have Polish currency. Poland is a member state of the European Union, but it does, in general, not accept Euros. 

  • 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.


    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:

    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.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. 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.


Spaces available Book


Spaces available Book

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

*Many of the hotels have double beds as standard therefore, if you are booking as a couple the trip price can be reduced by £100.

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.

- Kris, United States, 2019

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?

- Stephen, Luxembourg, 2018
Return to Search Print Trip Notes

Grade: Expert


At a Glance

From Price £1995
Holiday Type Point to Point Track Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 4-8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1472m (4828ft)
Countries Visited Poland, Czech Republic
Meet In Prague airport, Czech Republic
View all Point to Point Track Skiing Holidays

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
Read More

Related Articles