I’ve come up with a very short list.

Okay, maybe snowmen aren’t so bad, or the occasional snowball fight could be somewhat fun if you like having really cold hands, but what else can you do with it? You can shovel it when it piles up on your driveway, you can get your feet really wet and cold if you walk in it, you can fall when things get slippery.

But why not do something constructive? Well in the past people have strapped on some skis, but let’s be realistic, this sport is dying faster than Frank Sinatra. This brings us to snowboarding which is quickly becoming another Generation-X trademark. Over the past few years I’ve watched my friends hang up their skis and pick up a snowboard without looking back and I figure that it’s my turn this year.

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Luckily I’m in Prague which has no shortage of good snowboard shops. Let’s have a look around, shall we? My first stop was Rock’n’Roll (off Vaclavske Namesti) which has a fairly good selection of Vision, Able and Lust snowboards along with sk8boards, shoes, clothes and accessories.

Next we’ll move on to perhaps the best known shop in Prague, Mystic Sk8s. There I was emersed in an overwhelming amount of snowboarding things. This place has arguably the best selection of snowboards in Prague ranging from Czech brands like Frople and Rook to American brands like Morrow, Crap, Harvest, Sims, K2 and Silence. What about boots you ask? Well, they have Vans and Northwave to name a couple. And that’s all you need.

There is also Mystic Snow in Vinohrady which keeps lots of Assassin, Avalanche, Rook and Burton boards in stock. Here I was lucky enough to find Ondrej Wachsmann and Lukas Prolup who were a big help. If you were to ask them who they thought the best Czech pro snowboarders were, they would tell you that David Horvath, Martin Cernik and Marek Schneider* are the best guys and that Alice Steinevova is the best girl.

I asked Ondrej what he would tell anyone who was just starting to snowboard this year, he said, “Don’t buy a sh*tty snowboard, buy a mid-priced one. You’re better off doing this because it will last longer.”

He also said that, “… you can get a good board for about 8 to 10,000 crowns.” He prefers Deluxe boots because they are “cool and reasonably priced.”

The biggest shop in Prague is probably the Snowboardel in Zizko. This place has everything including a great choice of Smith, Burton, Liquid, Ride and Hammer snowboards. They also have some very cool Gotcha and Timezone clothes, a must have for any snowboarder. It’s been said that Czechs prefer freestyle boards more than slalom boards even though the mountains are notorious for being rather icy.

Most snowboarders go to Svaty Petr which has two resorts; Spindeleruv Mlyn – which is the best and the price reflects it – and Pec Pod Snezkou. However, Michal Marko (thanks for telling me about somebody’s trip to Amsterdam) who works at White Dog in Mala Strana says it is better to go to the Alps in Austria.

I asked him when the season usually starts in the Czech Republic and he said, “When there is snow on the mountains. ” In other words the beginning to the middle of December. At White Dog I found the biggest variety of clothes and eyewear along with lots of Rook snowboards.

There is also 69 Snow and Skate which I found to have the best selection of coats and pants. I could also be very bold and say that they have the best priced Nitro, Sims, Avalanche, Scott, K2 and Winterstick boards. Shrotel is another place worth checking out.

They carry Liquid, Ride and Compact boards and have a lot of Blax, Orion and Askew boots. Here I also found used boots and boards, most with bindings, starting at 3,500 crowns. And last but certainly not least there is the Sun and Snow Shop.

This is maybe the smallest shop that I came across, with a pretty limited selection of boards, mainly Frople and Duotone. However they did have some nice jackets and a cool selection of Vans skate shoes.

Unfortunately none of these shops rent boards, you’ll have to go the resorts for that. I would say that all of these shops have just about the same prices on the boards, anywhere from 4,000 to 7,000 crowns for a cheap board, and the better performing boards starting at around 8,000 crowns.

With the boots and bindings it’s the same story, good boots start at around 3,000 to 4,000 crowns. Of course it depends on your personal preference so I would recommend taking a look around for yourself, you’ll definitely find what you are looking for.

* Marek broke his back snowboarding in Austria and he is now wheelchair bound. He is presently writing for the Czech snow and skate magazine, “Move”, and has gone through rehabilitation in hope that he will walk, and maybe snowboard again. Good Luck Marek.

Snowboard (and skate) shops in the Czech Republic

Shop Address website
Beroun  
Flip Shop Tyršova 50, Beroun 2
Brno    
Horsefeathers Štefánikova 8 www.horsefeathers.cz
New Pain Křenova 75, Brno
Hanza sport Údolní 15, Brno
Coks Starobrněnská, Brno
Sub form Běhounská 7, Brno
Hanza sport Údolní 15, Brno
Skatebox Průchodní 2, 602 00 Brno www.skatebox.cz
Cheb  
Surf&Snowboard Shop Jateční 2, Cheb
Bishop Růžová 10, Cheb
Chrudim  
Terárium skateshop Filištínská 20, Chrudim
Děčín    
Riverside Labské nábřeží 35, Dě čí n 4 www.rsshop.cz
Dvůr Králové  
Drift Havlíčkova 15, Dvůr Králové n.L.
České Budějovice
Surf Sport Lannova 32/l, Č. Budějovice www.surfsport.cz
Český Krumlov    
Final Lannova 16/13, Č. Budějovice www.final-sk8.cz
Surf Sport Kájovská 63, Č. Krumlov www.surfsport.cz
Frýdek Místek  
Galactic nám. Svobody 1, Frýdek Místek
Havířov  
Honky Tonk U Stromovky 70, Havířov-Město
Galactic nám. Svobody 1, Havířov
Hradec Králové  
Frople Board Room Čelakovského 501, H. Králové
Jablonec n Nisou  
Defect Ride Zone Velké náměstí 28, Hradec Králové 3
Ollie Shop 28. října 5
Jihlava  
Bloom Masarykovo nám. 23, Jihlava
Karlovy Vary  
Surf & Snowboard Shop Táborská 51, Karlovy Vary
Pipe Sokolovská 90, Karlovy Vary
Kladno  
Vehicle boardland Vá?ova 683, Kladno
Klatovy  
Ghetto Zlatnická 79, Klatovy
Kralupy nad Vltavou  
Hood Skate Shop OD Máj www.hood.webzdarma.cz
Lanškroun  
Bee Bob Nádražní 169, Lanškroun
Liberec    
Funstorm Revoluční 66, Liberec www.funstorm.cz
Mahony Pražská 22, Liberec www.mhn7.cz
Street Shop Široká 2, Liberec 1
Litoměřice  
Swamp Mírové náměstí 18, Litoměřice
Mariánské Lázně
Snowbitch Hlavní třída 224, Mariánské Lázně
Olomouc    
Titty Twister Denisova 28, 77200, Olomouc www.tittytwister.cz
Shock Board Shop 8. května 5, Olomouc www.shockboardshop.cz
Big shock třída Svobody 4 www.shockboardshop.cz
Opava  
JP Boards Krnovská 45, Opava
Ostrava  
Brutal Sport Nádražní 57, Ostrava
Kombajn Puchmajerova 1, Ostrava www.kombajn.net
Pardubice  
Crompel Smilova 485, Pardubice
Escape Jindřišská 828, Pardubice
Grotta board shop Br. Veverkových 355/10, Pardubice www.grotta.cz
Plze?    
Horsefeathers Klatovská 20, Plzen www.horsefeathers.cz
Konig Surf Americká 49, Plze?
Poděbrady    
Crystal Shop Palackého 44, Poděbrady www.crystalshop.cz
Prachatice    
Final Velké nám. 5, Prachatice www.final-sk8.cz
Praha    
Mystic skates Stěpánská 31, Praha 1 www.mysticskates.cz
69 Company ?eznická 13, Praha 1
Bugaboo Všehrdova 27, 10100 Praha 1
Snowboardel Evropská 331, Praha 6 www.snowboardel.cz
El Nino Palackého nám. 2, Praha 2 www.elninoshop.cz
Boarder King Vítězné nám (kulaťák), Praha 6 www.boarderking.cz
Snowboardel Senovážná 6, Praha 1 www.snowboardel.cz
Minimax Vodičkova 34 (Pasáž Lucerna), Praha 1
N1 Shop Benediktská 12, Praha 1 www.ndistribution.cz
Sun & Snow M. Horákové 19, Praha 7
Tora Bora ?eznická 17, Praha 1 www.torabora.cz
Sketa Peterské nám. 1 Praha1 (pasáž) www.sketa.info
Yama V Jámě 2, Praha 1
Rock n Roll (DC Store) Na Příkopě, Praha 1 (Pasáž ČNB) www.rocknroll.cz
Puerto board shop Nákupní centrum Let?any
Andě l Skateshop Obchod centrum Nový Smíchov, Praha 5
Rock n Roll Vaclavske nám. (Pasáž Alfa), Praha 1 www.rocknroll.cz
Boarderking "Jiřák" Nám. Jiřího z Poděbrad, Praha 3 www.boarderking.cz
Easy Rider Jugoslávská 15, Praha 2
Revolution Revoluční 2, Praha 1
Hope Shop Navrátilova 4, Praha 1
Balance shop Letenské nám. 6, Praha 7
Misfit Shop Panská 5, Praha 1, 110 00 www.misfit.cz
Popcorn Milady Horákové 32, Praha 7
Přerov    
Snowbirds Wilsonova 8, Přerov www.snowbirds.unas.cz
Příbram    
Temple Prazská 150, Příbram www.templesk8.cz
Rychnov n. Kněznou
Spin Na sboře 26, Rychnov n. Knělnou
Sokolov    
Chill Sk8 & Snow Shop K.H.Borovského 345 www.chill.cz
Strakonice    
Temple Velké náměstí 140, Strakonice www.templesk8.cz
Tábor  
720 Kotnovská 183, Tábor
Tachov    
Fun B Nám. Republiky 119, Tachov www.funb.cz
Třinec    
Cryt Koperníkova 867, Třinec www.cryt.3nec.cz
Uherské Hradiště  
Free Style Sport Vodní ul. 121, Uh. Hradiště www.freestylesport.cz
Ústí nad Labem    
Swis Shop Masarykova 3124/32, Ústí nad Labem www.swis-shop.cz
Valašské Meziříčí
Houseboard Náměstí 161, Valašské Meziříčí
Locomotiva Ulička 852, Valašské Meziříčí 757 01 www.locomotiva.cz
Vendryně    
Blackcomb snowboard centrum Vendryně 243 www.blackcomb.cz
Zlín  
Houseboard Náměstí míru 61, Zlín
Sub form Tomáše Bati 201, Zlín
Extrem sport Vodní 2985, Zlín
Znojmo  
Bloom Horní nám. 10, Znojmo
Šumperk    
Dark Duck Polská 1, Šumperk, 787 01 www.rkcompany.com
Žďár nad Sázavou  
Skate street shop nám. Republiky 567/30 www.concretsk8shop.cz