Ski tradition in Harrachov

Tradition of skiing in Harrachov started when the earl Harrach brought skis to Bohemia. Taking example of other countries, mainly Scandinavian, they started to organize first ski races.

We do not know the exact date, but we know that on 13 February 1905 a route of first distance race of 50 km led through Harrachov with the frame of Championship of Bohemian crown’s countries. On 18 February 1906 relay races started near the hotel Krakonoš, reputedly they were the first ones in Europe. In 1908 German club of winter sports in Harrachov – Nový Svět was established, already in 1910 Czech club of winter sports existed there that at the beginning of season 1910-11 received a name Ski and tourist Buchar’s club (LTBK) to show appreciation for importance of work of ski initiator Jan Buchar. First ski jump were being built. In 1920 the first ski jump with artificial in run in Czech republic was built on the hillside of Čerťák, in 1922 LTBK also built their ski jump in Ptačinec.

he first big turning point in the history of skiing in Harrachov were races, organized in honour of VII. Ski congress in 1923. In that time the best skiers took part in that race, in total 11 countries from Europe and USA. 64 skiers started the race of 50 km. About 20,000 people watched ski jumps. These races started the long-term tradition of the race for Cup of congress ski jump.

 

Another important event in the history of skiing in Harrachov is tradition of International ski championship, there have been 17 rounds so far since 1954. At the start you could always see competitors from whole Europe, mainly from Scandinavia who our skiers competed with efficiently, then representation of Czechoslovakia entirely consisted of competitors from Harrachov. In 1956 the first ski jump with plastic in Czech republic was put into operation. After short pause and finishing of building ski and cross-country area including ski jumps in 1980 a new and the most famous era of skiing in Harrachov began. Harrachov has become a regular organizer of World Cups, there have been 16 so far. In 1993 World Ski Junior Championship in classic skiing.

The top of skiing events in Harrachov
…are without question ski jumps on mammoth ski jump that is one of the five ones in the world where there have been ski jumps 7 times, twice in 1983 and 1992 there was World championship. There has been world record ( in 1980 by A.Kogle 176 m and in 1983 by P. Ploc 181 m) In 1996 A. Goldberg got over magical 200 m for the first time in history in official race.

Famous ski history of Harrachov does not only mean organizing championships, but also success of Harrachov’s competitors and top members. In total 19 Harrachovers have taken part in World championships and Olympic games and they have brought 11 medals. Nowadays Harrachov is without question the most important centre of classic skiing in Czech republic. The base of success is training of about 100 young skiers who bring most of medals from junior and bantam categories in Championship of Czech republic. No other centre cannot pride itself with number of sport fields as Harrachov can. In total there are 7 ski jumps ranging from K-16 for the smallest to K-185 for ski jumps. There are also cross-country routes ranging from 3.3 up to 15 km.