Pec pod Sněžkou (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛts ˈpotsɲɛʃkou]; German: Petzer, Polish: Pec pod Śnieżką) is a town in Trutnov District in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 600 inhabitants. It lies at the base of the highest Czech mountain, Sněžka, in the Giant Mountains. From the town a two-section cable car system leads to the top of Sněžka. The ski resort at Pec pod Sněžkou is one of the best-known mountain resorts in the country.
The village of Velká Úpa is an administrative part of Pec pod Sněžkou.
The oldest documented settlement in the area is mining village Obří důl (meaning "Giant Mine"), where the first recorded mining occurred in 1511. Mainly copper ore and arsenopyrite were mined until 1959, when the mines were closed after nearly 450 years.The village Pec pod Sněžkou was founded in the 16th century, when it was one of three parts of Velká Úpa. This was the result of extensive logging and felling of forests in the area. The area was colonized by lumberjacks from Styria, Carinthia and Tyrol, who built huts, founded meadows in forest clearings, and bred cattle and goats.
Pec pod Sněžkou has direct bus connection with Prague.
An old chairlift from 1949 to the top of Sněžka was replaced by a new cable car system in February 2014. The system consists of two sections and can carry up to 250 visitors per hour in four-person cabins.
The ski resort is one of the best-known and most frequented mountain resorts in the Czech Republic. Pec pod Sněžkou provides a modern chairlift, 10 surface ski lifts with a transport capacity of 9,620 persons per hour, a jagged freestyle park, the longest and best-lit slope for evening skiing, a 900-metre-long bobsleigh track, a snow tubing ice channel, and a number of cross-country skiing routes. It is now included in SkiResort Černá hora – Pec, which forms the largest Czech ski resort.
The Na Peci Tavern is a cultural monument. The house was built in 1793 and it is an example of vernacular architecture.The Chapel of the Virgin Mary was built in 1888 and renovated in 1933.
Gustl Berauer (1912–1986), German nordic combined skier