Skiing and snowboarding
Zakopane nestles at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, Poland's version of the Alps, which stretch about 50 miles into Slovakia and have peaks that reach up to 8,200 feet. The eastern Tatra Mountains make up part of the 56,800 acre Tatra National Park. The resort of Zakopane offers more than 40 ski lifts and a gondola to the top of Mount Kasprowy Wierch which is everyone's favourite mountain.
Szczyrk, located about an hour from Krakow airport in the Beskidy Mountains, competes with Zakopane as the best ski resort in Poland. It offers 50 lifts and more than 60 miles of prepared ski trails.
Karpacz, one of the most popular resorts in Poland, sits on the slopes of Mount Sniezka, the highest peak of the Sudety Mountains.
Zieleniec, the highest village in the Bystrzyca-Dusznicka Valley region, offers a specific microclimate that allows up to seven months of snow a year. Skiing facilities here include some 20 lifts.
The idyllic Masurian Lake District, with its 30 lakes tucked away in the northeast corner of Poland, offers cross-country skiing and ice sailing in the winter. Mragowo is one of region's best-known resort towns.