Ski holidays Poland: Snow up your life!
Why book your ski holiday in Poland?Do you like familiar, smaller ski resorts? How about spending your winter holiday in Poland, then? Skiing areas in Poland are not as crowded as their Austrian and French counterparts. However, Poland’s Carpathian Mountains and Sudetes have perfect conditions for winter sport fans. Also, the hospitality and cuisine is simply lovely to experience. The Polish are open-minded and cooperative. Skiing in the biggest ski centres in Szklarska Poreba and Karpacz gives you the opportunity to spend your winter holiday in an idyllic, unique landscape with familiar ski areas.
Where to go skiing in Poland?The popular ski regions of the Carpathian Mountains and Sudetes have one thing in common: perfect winter sports conditions for every ski level. The Carpathians are a mountain range across Central and Eastern Europe. The range stretches from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia. You can find the Polish section of the Carpathians in the South and Southeastern regions. Kraków, Bielsko-Biała, Zakopane, Krynica-Zdrój, Krosno, Sanok and Przemyśl are all Polish cities in and near the Carpathians Mountains. Zakopane is popular for its skiing tourism and is also known as "the winter capital of Poland." Zakopane is located in the High Tatras, which is the highest part of the Carpathians. The skiing resort is approximately 110 km away from Kraków and lies right at the border to Slovakia. From the beginning of the 20th century, Zakopane established its first hotels and more people began to travel to the resort. Due to many northern ski championships, as well as biathlon championships and ski jump competitions, Zakopane gained fame and has become and remains a well-attended city. The resort offers 16 km of pistes and ski area altitudes between 1,014 m – 1,987 m. You can make use of 2 km green/blue pistes, 7 km red and 7 km black pistes. Aside from the imposing views the mountains, the High Tatras also offer ideal conditions for winter sports.
Another large mountain range in Central Europe are the Sudetes, of which stretch across the three countries of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, with a majority located in Southwestern Poland. The highest peak of the Sudetes is the Sněžka Mountain, located in the Giant Mountains along the Czech Republic–Poland border, with an altitude of 1,602 m. Cities in and near the ski area are Wrocław, Jelenia Gòra, Świeradów-Zdrój, Szklarska Poręba and Karpacz.Because of its location, Karpacz counts as the most important centre of tourism in the Polish part of the Giant Mountains. The resort lies at an altitude of 630 m near the border of the Czech Republic. The ski area Karpacz/Sniezka provides access to 6 km pistes with 10 lifts. You can find a unique landscape that draws in both winter hikers and skiers alike. Szklarska Poreba is the second most important tourism centre in the Giant Mountains besides Karpacz. The ski area offers 15 km pistes at an altitude between 707 m up to 1,362 m. Szrenica is the highest peak in the ski area where you will ski along the Poland – Czech Republic border and offers ideal conditions for active winter sports with plenty of snow.
What else can you do in your ski holiday Poland?Skiing, cross-country and hiking through a charming landscape should be on the top of your list, but if you’re looking for a short break from winter sports, you can also take some excursions to bigger cities near the ski areas along the Carpathian Mountains and Sudetes.Don’t miss the royal capital city of Kraków. This second largest city in Poland offers a variety of cultural attraction such as the magnificent medieval market place and Wawel Royal Castel. Furthermore, Kraków is a hotspot for international students and business. You can also take a city tour with a horse-drawn carriage and see all the attractions this gem has to offer.
Wrocław is one of the oldest cities in Poland and inspires with culture and numerous Gothic buildings in its historical centre. The city has been awarded as 2016’s cultural capital and is the fourth largest city in Poland. A must-see in Wrocław is the Racławice Panorama, Centennial Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which is the landmark of the city. A little further away from the mountain range, but still worth seeing, is Warsaw. The capital of Poland has huge political and cultural importance. This city mixes modern skyscrapers with historical architecture, with Downtown Warsaw counting as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landmark of the city is the observation deck of the Palace of Culture, which is also the highest building in Poland at 230 m altitude.
The Tatra mountain is also described as the smallest alpine mountain in the world. With its breathtaking views, steep peaks, sharp cliffs, deep ravines and crystallised seas the High Tatra builds the most attractive part of the Tatra. Fragrant pine forests that accommodate a rich wildlife can be found in the lower heights of the mountain. The highest peak of the Polish Tatra , also being the highest mountain of Poland Rysy, arises at an altitude of 2, 500 m above sea level. The mountains of the High Tatra are also known for ideal conditions for winter sports. Overwhelming views, an untouched nature as well as excellent alpine slopes and cross-country trails provide for a diversified ski enjoyment!
The Giant Mountains prepare a wide choice of winter sports possibilities. Whether Alpinski, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or ski touring, everything can be practised here. This central mountain offers numerous routes and pistes with various levels of difficulty for alpinists. The Sněžka, in the Polish part of the the Giant Mountains has the highest elevation (1,602). The biggest ski centres are the "SkiArena Szrenica" in Szklarska Poreba and Sniezka 1602 in Karpacz. The region Szklarska Poreba-Jakuszyce has to be described as a true Mecca of the cross-country sports in Central Europe. Here you can find over 250 km of trails, one part of it has the highest FIS-grading. The legendary, magical landscape of the Giant Mountains builds an ideal area for ski touring. The foundation for unforgettable tours.
Ski area altitude
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|6 km||820 - 1,350 m||4-7||£ 213|
|2.5 km||620 - 1,060 m||3-7||£ 115|
|15 km||707 - 1,362 m||2-10||£ 50|
|16 km||1,014 - 1,987 m||2-10||£ 68|