The Czech Alps
This sports and recreation complex is referred to, in a slightly tongue-in-cheek way, as the little Alps in the heart of Bohemia. While the highest peak in the area, Javorová skála (the ‘Maple Cliff’), reaches a height of a ‘mere’ 724 m, not for nothing is the area called the Czech Siberia. Natural and artificial snow lies on Monínec for an average 100 days per year, making it the closest ski resort within a hundred-kilometre radius of Prague.
The 1,200 m long, and sufficiently broad, piste, with its four-seater ski lift, elevation in excess of 200 m and smooth descent, is a magnet for skiers. The entire length of the piste is covered in snow by artificial means and floodlit for evening skiing. The upper part of the complex includes a shorter piste for beginners and a ski school with its own ski tow, as well as a practice area for children with a ski tow, rental and service, as well as sports accessories shop.
Summer at Monínec
The complex offers three types of accommodation – a three-star hotel with wellness centre, a guesthouse and apartments, which are available in summer and winter. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the renowned restaurant in the hotel, and good food can also be had at the alpine-type M2 canteen.
And what about your free time? Visitors can choose from a whole range of activities. The complex includes tennis and volleyball courts, an outdoor swimming-pool, children’s playground, canopy walkway and trampolines. In the summer months you can descend the Monínec piste by mountainboard, grass ski or mountain scooter. The more adventurous can try a summer tubing course, where a moving carpet carries you from start to finish, or the bike park, with plenty of barriers.
Areas frequented in winter by cross-country skiers become mountain-biking or hiking trails in winter – the dense network of cycling trails and marked hiking trails are an open invitation to go on excursions in the surrounding area. Two golf courses can also be found nearby.