The upper section of the cable car to Sněžka was stopped this morning by strong winds. The lower area was in operation. The upper section from Růžová hora to Sněžka is expected to remain open on Friday, Jiří Špetla, the cable car chief, said.
Poland’s Krkonoše National Park warned on its website, citing meteorologists, that winds on Sněžka could reach speeds of 100 to 140 km/h and should calm down from Saturday morning.
“In the morning, it was blowing around 19 m/s (68 km/h) on Sněžka, and now it is getting worse. We initially thought we would get the upper section going, but it will be stormy today and tomorrow (Friday), ” Špetla told.
Hikers can walk from Růžová hora to Sněžka, and the route is 2.5 kilometers long. The cable car operates daily from 08:00 to 19:00, depending on the weather. It can be operated up to wind speeds of up to 60 km/h. The cable car has two sections, the lower one runs from Pec to Růžová hora, and the upper one runs from Růžová hora to Sněžka with a total length of around 3.5 kilometers.