Each year in January, the beautiful cross-country trail of Jizerská magistrála
near the city of Liberec
is filled with cross-country skiers and their fans coming to join in the legendary race that was first held in 1968 and will soon celebrate its 50th
anniversary. Jizerská 50
(January 8 – 10, 2016) is one of the major sporting and social events
in the Czech Republic. Those who do not wish to actively take part can just come to watch, which is still very exciting. Jizerská 50 is a member of the Worldloppet Ski Federation
and plays host to a number of top Czech and international skiers each year.
Put on your running shoes
Are you just not into winter sports? Do you wish that spring would hurry up and get here? Then perhaps you might want to put on your running shoes and try one of the winter runs that are becoming ever more popular
. Here it applies that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So put on something warm and run! You can choose from a number of races in Hradec Králové
(January 16, 2016), České Budějovice
(February 6, 2016) Prague
(February 20, 2016) or Olomouc
(February 27, 2016).
You can certainly also make use of your hiking boots, as there are many beautiful walks and trails to check out in the winter. You can even try walking in the sky in the Dolní Morava
resort, which has recently opened the Cloud Trail
. Treetops covered with snow can also be enjoyed at the Lipno
resort, whose Treetop Walk
is open all year round.
The Czech Republic also has a dog sled race – Šediváčkův long (January 26, 2016), which is one of the most extreme races of this kind in Europe
. The trail is 240 kilometres long
; the dog sled drivers must endure one night in the snow and overcome a 700 meter vertical distance. The race traditionally takes place in the Orlické Mountains
and will celebrate its 20th
anniversary this year.
And to finish with, a little bit of art …
Art has many diverse forms, including ice statues which have a long tradition in some countries. In the Czech Republic, ice statues will be displayed
in the romantic mountain centre of Pustevny
, and in the town of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
(January 1 – 31, 2016).
Biathlon World Cup 2016
After the previous successful WC editions in 2012 and 2015, that attracted over a hundred thousand visitors
, and the World Championship event in 2013, Nové Město na Moravě
will again host the Biathlon World Cup
(December 16– 18, 2016). Biathlon has become a popular sport
among Czechs, thanks mainly to the achievements of the Czech Team in the Sochi Olympics
. So you can expect a lively atmosphere
created by the fans in the heart of the charming region of Vysočina
, the perfect place for cross-country skiing.