zakpanezakopaneThey may even be considered friendlier, especially for those tourists who treat the winter holidays as a wonderful recreational adventure rather than as a sporty challenge. For such visitors, the Polish mountains are the best choice: they offer them many various attractions plus numberless possibilities of practicing different winter sports. Alpine skiing and snowboard are the most popular of them all. winter sports centres in Poland.

The unquestioned leader among them is Zakopane, which is believed to be the winter capital of Poland. It is nicely located in the mountain valley, with a beautiful view over the nearby peaks of the Tatras. The highest of them reach the altitude of 2500 metres above sea level. With its multiple slopes of different difficulty, Zakopane attracts both beginners and experienced skiers. Its unique ambience is due to the authentic highlanders’ folklore, original houses, colourful crowds of tourists on ul Krupówki, the Zakopane’s pedestrian mall, stylish and atmospheric cafés and restaurants, and jazz and rock clubs. Winter sports enthusiasts flocked to Zakopane already one hundred years ago. The present slopes of various difficulties are well prepared and can satisfy requirements of every skier. Several dozen ski-lifts help the skiers get up the slopes.

The best skiing grounds are found around the region of Mt Kasprowy Wierch. Its summit can be reached by the cable car. The route is nearly 4300 metres long and during the 20-minute journey you climb nearly 1000 metres. Th e slopes of Mt Kasprowy Wierch are equipped with chairlifts. There are many skiing trails to choose from and the season lasts till May. Other attractive skiing grounds with many ski lifts and artificial snowmakers are located on the slopes of Mt Gubałówka range, Mt Nosal and on the Polana Szymoszkowa. Skiing gear for hire is available and the professional ski instructors offer their services on nearly every slope.

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