The beginning of the daily groomed sledge slide is located near Špindlerova bouda – by pension Malý Šišák. The end is at Dívčí lávky, approximately a 15 minute walk from the town centre. You can comfortably reach the start with one of our buses designated for the transport of sledge riders. They set off at regular intervals from the town centre and stop at selected stops on the way to the start, where sledges are waiting for you. The sledges are always only for one person at a time, except children under 7 years, they ride with an adult.
After the riding on the track, you hand the sleigh back to us at our bistro in the end at Dívčí lávky. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and decide whether to have another ride or go back to the town by bus. You can also walk to the town – a pleasant stroll on the walking path along the River Elbe.
Under favourable snow and weather conditions, the track is in operation daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening rides are from Tuesday to Saturday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The last riders are allowed on the track not later than 30 minutes before closing time.
Purchasing tickets and departures of the buses to the start.
Major sales and departure location:
Centre – the meeting point is behind the Christmas tree. GPS: 50.7260364N, 15.6068953E, or you can put in your navigation adress Špindlerův Mlýn 11.
The place is marked with information board for the sledge track. During the track operating time, there is an operator who in addition to ticket sales, is happy to advise and willing to answer your questions. Marked buses set off from there to the start at regular intervals according to the timetable.
Other selling points and bus stops:
Hotel Aquapark – the reception desk building opposite the entrance to the parking lot to the cableway to Medvědín.
Refreshments at the finish of sledge slide at Dívčí lávky.
Start of the sledge slide – the cabin under pension Malý Šišák.
We recommend to larger groups (20 people and more) to make a reservation for space on the bus to the start, to prevent such an eventuality that the bus is full at your desired time.
Bus departure times
The buses set off to the start from the town centre on a regular basis according to the following timetable:
Day rides: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Evening rides (only from TUESDAY to SATURDAY): 18:00, 19:00, 20:00
When getting on the bus near the Aquapark, it is necessary to add about three minutes to the times, if you get on at Dívčí lávky, add approximately 5 minutes.
The buses from the end of the track back to the centre…
The buses from the end of the track back to the centre set off from Dívčí lávky always approximately 10 minutes before every full hour at the following times:
Day rides: 10:50, 11:50, 12:50, 13:50, 14:50, 15:50, 16:50
Evening rides (only from TUESDAY to SATURDAY): 18:50, 19:50, 20:50
If you want to go back into town by bus after sledging, it is necessary to catch the departure time. Otherwise you can walk along the River Elbe or wait for the next bus.
In case of large interest from sledgers, buses can also go outside of these times. Information is available from the operator in the town centre or on our HOTLINE.
The track description and map
Start of the track is located on the ridges, at an altitude of 1155 metres above sea level. At a length of almost three kilometres, it descends to an altitude of about 780 metres above sea level, so the excess is less than 400 metres.
Three times the track crosses the road from Špindlerův Mlýn to Špindlerova bouda and therefore it can be divided into 4 sections.
For illustration we show the difficulty of individual sections by colours same as it is done on slopes…
The first section begins with a gentle terrain, an ideal part to try cornering and braking. After a while you get into a wooded section of the track where the slope leans more and the sledge starts moving nicely. Before the arrival to the first crossing with the road, you can see signs along the track to remind you to slow down and stop. At every crossing with the road, there is a right-hand turn opposite slope and safety nets and mattresses installed, which in case of speed miss-management secure a safe stop. The road to Špindlerova bouda is not so busy, even though it is advisable to look around at each crossing.
Difficulty: From the beginning it is green, from the entrance to the forest it is blue.
The second section is shorter, but quite nimble. In a short while you reach the next crossing with the road.
The third segment is longer and around the middle part there is an inconspicuous S-turn. First a left-handed and then a slight right-handed turn, but if you follow the signs, you should manage them just fine. Before arriving to the third crossing with the road, it is again advisable to slow down.
Difficulty: blue with a “slight-red” finish to the crossing with a road.
The fourth section starts with a short forest passage that takes you to the meadows by Jelení boudy. Here you pass the former lodge behind which there is a tilted left-handed turn. Try to “manage” it the best you can, because soon after there is a long straight section with a relatively gentle slope of the track. Then you ride into the forest, where it begins to accelerate again. If you see information signs along the track or overhead telling you to slowdown, obey the advice and use the brake. There is a part about one hundred metres long, a steep passage at the exit of the forest, followed by a straight-way to the finish with a very slight slope. Under optimum conditions and in the case of perfect mastery of the final bend in the forest, this section can be fully finished, but usually it is necessary to walk the last few metres to the finish, which is already in sight.
Difficulty: alternately blue-green and last 100 metres in the forest – red section. Followed by the green straight-way in front of the finish.
In the end at Dívčí lávky, near the confluence of the Elbe and White Elbe River, it is time to hand over the borrowed sled. Today, it can’t be recognised, but in the past on a hillside just above this place, there was a ski jump – the largest in our country at that time.
Our priority is to ensure maximum security of each rider and minimise the risk of accident. During the bus ride to the start, you can see a video tutorial with basic information on travel and security rules (see here). If needed, any further information and advice can be obtained from the track operator at the start, which also oversees the safe spacing between individual starts.
On the track there are information signs indicating the places where it is necessary to ride more carefully, a number of safety mattresses and safety nets. The most important, however, it is up to the sled-riders. Under different snow conditions the sledges can act differently and ride at different speeds. Sometimes, you need to brake more, sometimes less. Each rider should have a small amount of fear, respect and self-preservation to enjoy the ride on the track and arrive safely to the finish. It is always necessary to adapt the speed to the track conditions and your abilities.
The history of sledging
Sledge appeared in the Giant Mountains long before the first skis. From the beginning it was mainly used for work, since the nineteenth century it has also been used for sport and leisure. The first sports ride in the Giant Mountains already took place from Pomezní boudy to Kowary in 1817. In Špindlerův Mlýn, they first rode on a sleigh driven by experienced mountaineers. In the second half of the 19th century, they began to ride on the so-called “snow track” from the Špindlerova bouda and besides the traditional sledge and one-place sledging began to be very popular sport.
After construction of a hydropower plant for the entrepreneur, Kleofas Hollman, in the winter season 1909/10 the operation of an electrical sledge lift was launched, which was very popular among the visitors to the mountains.
The sledge slide in its current form has been operating since 2001 and is following the tradition of the original “snow track”. Its restoration was initiated by the municipaility of Špindlerův Mlýn town, in order to expand the range of leisure activities and make the town attractive for its winter visitors.
Corporate events and groups
Are you going to Špindlerův Mlýn with colleagues from work and looking for relaxation? Come and take a ride on the sledge slide. We can arrange a turn-key event, incl. transport arrangements from the hotel and back, or refreshments at the finish of the track. Even sledge sliding can be an effective teambuilding exercise. In our “Snow show” program you can try the selected team activities on snow in addition to a wonderful ride on the sledge slide. Teambuilding activities are provided in co-operation with Yellow Point.