A third degree avalanche alert has been declared in the Krkonoše Mountains
following several days of heavy snow and strong winds.
The mountain rescue service says the situation is extremely dangerous since a combination of factors have created a highly unstable layer of snow on many slopes.
Skiers have been warned not to take risks or stray from marked trails.
They may not feature sharp alpine peaks, but the Jeseníky Mountains are beautiful in their own right. The Silesian mountain range offers an enjoyable pastime to both skiers and mountain hikers, who can also view the largest Czech and Slovak mountain peaks from Praděd TV tower, the highest point in the Czech Republic.
It used to be a common form of transport and fun in winter months centuries ago, but its popularity receded with the introduction of motor vehicles and skis. Now luge riding is making a comeback, with several specially designed luge natural-tracks sprouting across the country. One of them is located in Smržovka, a winter sports centre in the Jizera Mountains that also hosts an annual luge racing competition.
The skiing season is in full swing here in the Czech Republic and ski resorts all around the country are reporting excellent conditions following heavy snowfall in early January. Radio Prague paid a visit to Boží Dar, one of the most popular ski resorts located in Krušné Hory in the northwest of the country.
Cross-country skiing is becoming the thing "to do" in the Czech Republic. In the past two or three decades, more Czechs preferred downhill skiing either at home or in one of Europe’s Alpine countries, such as neighbouring Austria. Nowadays, the number of cross-country skiing enthusiasts matches those who prefer to head for the slopes and lifts. Radio Prague’s Vít Pohanka visited one of the country’s popular ski resorts - Vysočina Arena in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands.
An avalanche alert has been issued by authorities in the Krkonoše
Mountains in the north of the country on Thursday. The grade three warning
on a five-point scale has been issued following recent snowfall and windy
Between 25 and 30 centimetres of fresh snow have fallen in the area over the past two days and forecasters expect more snowfall in the days to come.
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