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Winter on the web
Written by: Jiří Vašek
Find out which mountains have sufficient
powder snow, where there aren't any life lines, and where you can ski
at night. Best of all, you can get all this info and more without getting
without numb fingers.
This site offers weather information from individual ski
centers and related news reports. You can find out where
cable-car lifts are being built or which centers are making
artificial snow this year. The site maps out the Czech Republic
and Slovakia - where the mountains are higher, and resorts
are comparable to those in Austria and Switzerland. Both
countries are broken down according to individual mountains,
listing the small winter amusement centers unique to each.
The snow base is listed, along with newly fallen snow, and
whether the snow is powdery, icy, wet, or artificial. The
last section ranks downhill conditions. The site also states
lift prices and lodging facility addresses.
This is the best source of information in several global
languages on snow and operational conditions on Czech mountains.
It addresses not only downhill skiers, but also cross-country
skiers, snowboarders, and sledders. Information for 58 centers
is updated daily, along with shots from cameras placed on
the slopes. The rozcestník (directory) on the first page
lists resorts, information on snow cover, temperatures, and
other general conditions. Sub-categories include Lift Operations
(showing lift type and capacities). Clicking on the next
page gives you lift ticket prices and photographs of slopes.
An example of a more in-depth conditions site, on which the
Ski Center and Weather categories provide well laid-out information,
including useful two-day weather forecasts. Other information
includes lists of prepared cultural events, points of interest
in the region's towns and villages, and traffic restrictions.
Lodging and dining facility information is a matter of course,
as are webcams at resorts.
If you want to know where the best conditions for winter
sports are in the Czech and Moravian mountains, look for
a ski center in the TOP 7 offer, accompanied by the word "úžasný" ("amazing").
Snih.cz also shows other resorts, from the Jizerské Mountains,
Krkonoše, Jeseníky, Beskydy, Orlické Mountains, Krušné Mountains,
Šumava, and others. You can also find the temperatures in
individual areas. The Aktuality (News) and Nejnovější články
(Latest Articles) sections list current events in the mountains.
This site is very well laid out, but unfortunately the information
presented is not promptly updated.
Skiers who alternate between Czech centers and larger, better
equipped centers in other countries will appreciate this
site, but only if you read English. The first page presents
resorts in the US, but a simple move of the mouse will bring
you to mountains in Asia, South America, Africa and Bolivia.
Europe is also well represented, including Slovakia, but
it completely ignores the Czech Republic. This site's strength
is its active communication with its readers, who can enter
their impressions from individual locations and submit comments,
ideas, and tips.
You can access this address through the popular Seznam site, to find
a new application called Plánovač tras (Route Planner). This service
is intended mainly for motorists, and it helps them find the quickest
or shortest routes between two entered locations.
Are you confused about which ZIP codes the individual parts of
Prague use, not to mention such small villages as Jíloviště or
Gazdíkov? This site offers five-digit answers to a name-based
Auditors, tax consultants, expert witnesses, and authorized interpreters.
If you need any of these and don't know where to find them, this
site will give you the information you need.
No, this isn't one of the many Internet porno sites, but it will
please all computer enthusiasts. You can find Czech and foreign
freeware that you can download and install at no charge. It covers
games, utilities, drivers, and screen savers, as well as improved
or "Czechified" software for individual peripheral
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as sales clerks use it as frequently as they do somewhat better known
terms like VHS, VHS-C, Video8, and Digital8. These are all names
of formats that are based on the size and type of recording tapes
and the format that video recorders use. The MiniDV format has become
the most popular in the last couple of years. The cameras use mini-cassettes
measuring 1x4.4x4x6.5 cm - roughly the size of a matchbox. The letters
DV mean that the recording is digital, which offers very high quality
and can be easily processed by computer.