Enjoy the Experience of Skiing in Poland

November 17, 2008 by  
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A wide variety of snow sports are popular winter activities in Poland, with snow skiing topping the list. There are majestic mountains all along Poland’s southern border which receive plenty of snow, offering superb skiing conditions from December right through to the end of March. Ski resorts are found throughout the Polish mountains and skiers are sure to find a resort to suit their taste and their budget.

The Karkonosze Mountains along the Czech border feature the picturesque ski resorts of Szklarska Poreba and Karpacz. More to the middle of the range, three popular ski resorts are found on the Beskid Mountains, being Ustron, Wisla and Szczyrk. Moving further east, the High Tatra Mountains are home to the country’s most popular ski resort town of Zakopane, considered to be the winter capital of Poland. Zakopane is a hive of activity in the winter, with skiers traveling from far and wide to enjoy a winter vacation surrounded by fellow snow sport enthusiasts.

Zakopane is located close to the border of Slovakia on the edge of the Tatra Mountains National Park. The town allows easy access to the ski areas of Gubalowka, Kasprowy Wierch, and Nosal. In addition to the sheer beauty of the pristine environment, the skiing conditions at Zakopane are top notch. Kasprowy Wierch is the most popular of the three skiing areas and is served by a cable car from Kuznice. During peak season there are generally queues of skiers waiting patiently for their turn on the lift, but all agree that it is worth the wait. The slope is fairly challenging and should only be tackled by skiers with some experience. Nosal is also a popular choice with skiers, and the view is amazing. Gubalowka has slopes for all levels of experience, while snow making machines and night lighting extend the snow skiing day. The Krokiew area near Zakopane’s massive ski jumps offers some excellent cross-country skiing.

During the many years that Zakopane has been welcoming snow sport enthusiasts to enjoy its skiing facilities it has three times hosted the Nordic World Ski Championships and the winter Universiades, as well as the Biathlon World Championship and numerous ski jumping world cups. It also has the distinction of having hosted the 1939 Alpine World Ski Championships, being the first time the event was held outside the Alps.

Poland certainly has a lot to offer snow sport enthusiasts who enjoy trying different skiing destinations – so if you have a heart for adventure, the snow skiing season is just around the corner.