Skiers filled the parking lot at Šerlich in Orlické hory

Skiers filled the parking lot at Šerlich in Orlické hory

Skiers filled the parking lot at Erlich in the Orlick Mountains

Illustrative photo – On January 30, 2021, police officers supervised traffic at the parking lot under Šerlich in the Deštné Orlické Mountains.

Deštné in the Orlické Mountains (Rychnov Region) – The parking lot at Šerlich in the Orlické Mountains was filled with cars of tourists and skiers this morning. The police on the spot direct traffic so that the Deštné-Orlické Záhoří road remains through. Police spokeswoman Iva Kormošová told ČTK this morning. According to the police, traffic on other tourist-frequented roads to mountain resorts in the region was without major problems in the morning.

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“We warn drivers who are heading to Šerlich that the parking capacity there is exhausted, that they will simply not park there. We will let those who continue to Orlické Záhoří go,” said ČTK Kormošová.

The mountain saddle near Šerlich, through which the important regional road from Deštné to Orlické Záhoří leads, is a popular starting point for ridge skiing and hiking trails. A situation similar to the one in Šerlich today is repeated in winter, when the conditions are good for skiing, almost every weekend. The parking lots in the mountain saddle at an altitude of 990 meters above sea level have a small capacity. When it fills up, drivers try to park where they can't, along the transit road, which can block the passage of buses, road patrol vehicles, but also components of the integrated rescue system. In recent years, more and more often also skiers who head from the Šerlis saddle to the pistes in the nearby Polish resort of Zieleniec. The police advise that people who head to the ridges around Šerlich on weekends by car should leave the vehicle parked in Deštné and use the shuttle bus service from there.

The mountains have ideal snow conditions, according to some representatives of the ski areas, the best in the current winter season. In addition, the number of visitors to the mountains in the region traditionally increases during the spring holidays, which started a week ago. It was five degrees below zero and over 60 centimeters of snow on the crests of the Eagle Mountains this morning. Skiers there have tens of kilometers of groomed cross-country trails at their disposal.