Cross-country skiing: Certova hora-Harrachov

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Cross-country skiing: Certova hora-Harrachov Reviews

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Cross-country skiing: Certova hora - Rucicky - Ryze river valley Jan 27, 2017
We started our cross-country skiing tour on top of Certova hora (Devil's mountain) at 1020 m, which we reach by chair lift from Harrachov. The trail first shares the blue (beginners) downhill ski run of the Ryzoviste alpine skiing area on the backside, but it's manageable. Be careful not to get in the way of the downhill skiers, though! We stuck to the right edge of the wide run and did well. Right before the run gets a bit steeper, the perfectly groomed cross-country skiing trail takes a turn to the right. Through the woods, with very little up and down, it leads with hardly any view to mention to Studenov (930 m), a rather shabby looking mountain hut with restaurant. There's a bit of a view in southern/southeastern direction (toward Rokytnice nad Jizerou), but it's obstructed by some trees.

A rather steep climb up to Certova plan (974 m) follows, soon after we reached the crossing of trails named Rucicky (985 m). Originally we had planned to continue to Dvoracky mountain hut (1130 m), but we found out the trail crossed several busy runs of the alpine skiing area Rokytnice, and the crossing seemed quite dangerous for us cross-country skiers. Downhill skiers and snowboards whizzed by, there was no protected trail for us. This plus the elevation difference were reasons to doubt if we could make it in time to Dvoracky and back, so we turned around. From Rucicky we took the well groomed trail back down through Ryze river valley. The first house we reached in the hamlet Ryzoviste was restaurant Lesni Zatisi (761 m), where we had lunch. From there on there was no groomed trail, only snow covered street - we had better taken the bus from Hotel Fit-Fun back to Harrachov.

Note: The use of cross-country skiing trails is free, but the chair lift is of course not. See separate review of the chair lift also.
Chair lift ride.
The blue (beginners) run first.
The groomed cross-country trail tu…
The groomed cross-country trail tu…
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