History of Ski areal Klínovec

History of
Ski areal Klínovec

KLÍNOVEC SKI RESORT has a long history. Since the beginning of skiing in the Czech Republic, it has played its role in winter sports. Klínovec is an ideal environment for skiing and other snow sports. The origins of sports at Klínovec can be found in the early 20th century.

Already from the interwar period we have materials proving that sport in Klínovec developed rapidly. I all started with the adjustment of the natural ski jump ramps, the remnants of the largest of them are still visible in the so-called Fuchsloch. These ramps were used not only by Czech jumpers, but also by skiers from neighbouring Germany. Competitions in ski jumping disciplines between these two countries used to be organised here. The historical hotel at the top of Klínovec, which provided the athletes with the necessary comfort, certainly had a role in using Klínovec for winter sports.

Only a few years later, downhill skiing began to develop in Klínovec, mainly thanks to partly clearing the area of trees, where the first ski slopes called Dámská (Ladies’ Slope) and U Zabitýho (At the Killed Man). Why the ski slopes were given such names is not clear today, but there are several stories. One of them is finding a man who died a violent death, another that one of the racers was fatally injured on the ski slope. We will probably not find the truth today. These slopes were used not only for hobby skiing, but also for downhill skiing competitions.

Unfortunately, after the Second World War the whole area of Klínovec became inaccessible thanks to the new regime, which reigned in the Czech Republic and made the area a border zone. Fortunately, these restrictions were cancelled in the 1960s and the development of Klínovec area could begin again. The first step in development was building the first lift, which was then built on the slope U Zabitýho. Development continued with the construction of other lifts and the establishment of a ski club, which again introduced ski races in Klínovec.
Since 1968, development has been carried out by leaps and bounds. That year, a two-seat lift was built at Dámská, two years later the U Zabitýho ski lift was replaced with a better lift, and in 1974-78 two more downhill slopes were created by felling the forest – Přemostěná (Bridged) and Pařezák (Stump Slope). Until 1980, two other lifts were built on the slope No. 4, today’s Pod Zámečkem (Under the Chateau), and also on the Přemostěná. . In the 1980s the development was still moving forward, for example, the first snowmobile for preparing the slopes was bought, or the slope No. 4 was illuminated.

In 1991 there was a big change in the KLÍNOVEC SKI RESORT thanks to a small privatization, during which the premises were bought by a private company. It has been the owner of the premises till this day. In 20 years of operation the area has made great progress and is constantly striving for modernization.

During these twenty years, there was further construction and development of the resort. The existing tracks were extended and in 1998 construction of a snowmaking system began, which now covers 80% of the area. Snowing up is constantly improving; in 2011, a new retention tank was built, and 60 snow cannons were placed. The ski lift on Dámská slope was replaced by a cable car. Several snowmobiles for preparing slopes have been purchased and they are constantly being upgraded. These snowmobiles together with sufficient amount of technical and natural snow guarantee quality skiing on Klínovec throughout the whole winter.

In 2003, the resort significantly improved conditions for snowboarders, when it built a brand new, modern snow park, dominated by the FIS-class Superpipe U-ramp, which has been used several times to hold world snowboard competitions.

The resort has also taken many steps to increase the quality of its facilities and therefore supports the construction of new accommodation facilities, restaurants and refreshment stations, ski schools and rentals of all sorts of equipment. Since 2005 to the present, the resort has been rated by a rating agency for Czech winter resorts, always being given the highest grade 5*.

In 2011, the first phase of the overall modernization of the KLÍNOVEC SKI RESORT took place, the next stages of which will follow in the coming seasons. In the first phase, the length of the Pařezovka ski slope was almost doubled up to 1,500 m. Three older ski lifts were replaced with one modern four-seater chairlift, which is the most modern in the Czech Republic thanks to its orange protective bubble-shaped cover.

The next phases are planned during the following 2 years, when three new chairlifts will be built on the slopes Přemostěná, Jáchymovská and also on the new ski slope Slunečná, which will lead to the village Loučná pod Klínovcem and physically connect KLÍNOVEC SKI RESORT with neighbouring Fichtelberg. Both resorts were interconnected in 2011, but only for two-day ski passes or longer.

Overall, KLÍNOVEC SKI RESORT strives to constantly modernize and improve the infrastructure, services for its clients and create a beautiful skiing experience for all its visitors.

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