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“Family ski vacation”

Ski and mountain resort Spindleruv Mlyn
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Nice small town, Good place for beginners with some experience. we could leave kids in the ski kids school and they had fun there.
Please note that in Svaty Peter site there is no lift for beginners adults so until you are capable to ski on the blue flop you will have to climb on the hill with the equipment - not so fun.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

Mixture of few fancy shops and old ones. Absolutelly nothing for kids, no free trails or lifts, you need to take instructors. History and nature is nice, but town can not utilize it in a complex way. Rather spend more time and go to alps.

Thank Super_Bara
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Nice ski resort, but the car traffic and polution is quite bad in the town intself. Get out of the town and you'll have great time.

Thank vaclean
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Ok, first my comments on the mountain:
I only skied on the Medvedin side because we had kids in the ski school there. There was no natural snow, which in this case turned out to be fine because the artificial snow was a good quality/quantity and the slopes were well maintained with only a few icy patches developing at the end of the day. This particular mountain had wide, pretty easy trails, great for beginners, with only 1 black diamond trail which was kind of steep but manageable for intermediate skiers. After a day on this mountain, I got a little bored w/the limited number trails. I would have liked to try S.Petr but didn't get a chance due to the kids. Only 1 chair lift with numerous long t-lifts. Restaurant on top was ok, food quality was average, but the lack of dining options would get pretty annoying after a few days on this one mountain, so it's best to switch it up and visit different ski areas each day, which I assume most people do. Food options at the base are even worse, especially the grill "shack" near the base of the main run--all fried food, gross. We did go to the round, glassed in bar near the base for cider, beer and hot chocolate, which was a nice way to end each day of skiing. Rentals and ski lift tickets were pretty cheap by US standards (average $39/day for a lift ticket which is 1/2 to 1/3 of what it'd be in some resorts in the US).

Now for comments on the town: ok, so it's kind of cute and picturesque and maybe it is more so when it's snow covered or nice & green in the summer. What disappointed me was there was no interesting shops to visit--just lots of places selling ski gear. I mean really, do people really that much ski gear at a mountain that you need 10 stores selling the same stuff? I would have liked to buy some souvenirs or other local products to bring back to family members & friends but I found only 1 touristy shop and even then the items were kind of lame. The info center had a small selection of stuff but nothing amazing. For supposedly the biggest ski area in the Czech. Republic, I think the town needs to step up their game and make the center of town a little more dynamic and interesting. Once you're done skiing for the day you might want to stroll around a bit, but in SM, aside from restaurants or ski shops/rentals, there's really not much going on.

In summary:
skiing conditions/trails: very good
dining on the mountain, at least at Medvedin- mediocre at best
town: cute-ish but kind of a snooze
dining in town/area: lots to choose from but surprisingly many restaurants are not listed on TA.
hotels: lots to choose from

Would I go back to SM? Probably not. While the skiing is good, the town was just a little too unexciting for me. God forbid it rains or it's foggy as it was one day when we were there, what do you do in SM if you can't go skiing??

1  Thank bethinhoboken
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We went for a birthday ski session, and wouldn't you know it, a rather lackluster amount of snow! Of course we can't blame the area for this, although the snow guns were in use to help the slopes.

Even with a half of the slopes closed, there were more than enough slopes open that it was still a lot of fun. The woman in the lift pass office was extremely rude, however the people at the food stalls made up for this with a smile.

The evening nightlife is minimal, but it has several really great little restaurants. It's mostly English speaking although there is a slight amount of resentment/anger/rudeness towards travellers it would appear.

Free ski bus service, worth it's weight in gold if you time it right.

Pear schnapps..... bring on the detox!

Thank Rob P
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