The first snow has already fallen in the Tatra Mountains, and lovers of fun on the slopes are already rubbing their hands and impatiently waiting for the first descents of the season. Polish ski infrastructure is developing every year and although we do not have slopes like those in the Alps, even very demanding skiers will be satisfied. Where to go skiing in Poland? Here are eight locations that guarantee a successful trip.
Polish ski infrastructure is constantly developing, new routes are being marked, ski lifts and cable cars are being built. Among the available ski resorts in Poland, Szczyrk, Białka Tatrzańska and Zieleniec have been leading for years, but other towns are also gaining popularity year by year.
Skiers are encouraged to come to the Polish mountains by promotional ski passes. The most famous ski passes include: TatrySki, thanks to which you can freely ski down the slopes of Czarna Góra, Białka Tatrzańska and Jurgów, and BeskidCard, valid in twelve resorts, which can be used in Krynica-Zdrój, Piwniczna-Zdrój and Kasina Wielka. A great convenience for skiers is the PKLpass, which allows you to use all lifts, cable cars and ski slopes belonging to Polish cable railways.
TOP 8 skiing destinations in Poland
Szczyrk is a small, picturesque town that offers many ski resorts. Many of them are illuminated and equipped with snow. There is also a FIS (International Ski Federation)-certified route on the premises of the Central Sports Center, and you can meet President Andrzej Duda on the slopes in Szczyrk.
There are the longest ski slopes in Poland, up to 25 kilometers long, various ski slopes and wide downhill slopes. For several years, the station in Szczyrk has been cooperating with the Central Sports Center and Beskid Sport Arena, which resulted in the creation of a joint ski pass with over 40 kilometers of slopes. There are three 6-person cable cars and one 10-person gondola cable car at the station. There is also a ski equipment rental here, and many sporting events take place during the season, including those with the participation of Polish stars.
Ski resorts in Białka Tatrzańska have been one of the favorite skiing destinations for years, especially for families with children. You can freely use many routes with varying degrees of difficulty. This resort is equipped with one of the most modern snowmaking systems on the slopes, which guarantees good conditions on the slopes throughout the winter season. The length of the ski slopes is over 16 kilometers, with 23 marked trails. Since the three main stations – Bania, Kaniówka and Kotelnica – were connected by a drag lift, skiers have access to all slopes and 10 chairlifts from one parking lot. Thanks to artificial lighting, you can ski here even after dark. Cross-country skiing fans can use 5 professional routes.
Zieleniec Ski Arena is a network of ski resorts in the Bystrzyckie and Orlickie Mountains, entry to which is possible with one ski pass. This town is characterized by an unusual microclimate, thanks to which snow stays here for about 150 days a year. Zieleniec is the largest station in the Polish Sudetes. There are as many as 23 kilometers of ski slopes available here. Slope conditions are suitable for beginners, families with children and experienced skiers. The biggest attraction on the slope in Zieleniec is the first Skyway Express cable car, which allows you to go up the mountain in 6- or 8-person carriages. In addition to the cable car, there are also other ski lifts, such as Winterpol, Gryglówka, Nartorama and Diament. In total, there are 30 ski lifts in the resort, which allow you to quickly get to the slopes. An additional advantage of this place is that there are quite often promotions and offers such as FreeSki – a solution thanks to which you get free entry to the ski lifts for renting accommodation.
Czarna Góra is a center located in the Kłodzko region in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. The local slopes are characterized by a large variety of terrain, but are also suitable for beginners who can take advantage of the local ski school.
Skiers can use 13 ski slopes, approximately 10 kilometers long, and travel is facilitated by 3 cable cars, 6 drag lifts and 4 belt lifts. The fastest railway in Poland is located here – a luxtorpedo, which takes skiers to the slopes in a few minutes. This cable car can transport as many as 3,000 people to the top in an hour. To use the ski slopes on Czarna Góra, you must purchase a Ski Region Śnieżnik pass, which also covers the Lądek Zdrój and Kamienica stations. It is also possible to purchase hourly or afternoon tickets. The price of the pass includes a ski bus ride to the resort. There is also a SkiPass Czarna Góra Resort card, which serves as a carrier for your ski passes and allows you to enter the slope and use all the privileges of the ski resort, without the need to activate it at the ticket offices.
Kasprowy Wierch is one of the longest slopes in Poland. Although the entrance to the mountain has been modernized and is quite pleasant, the infrastructure there could be more modernized. Despite this, this slope has a unique atmosphere, most reminiscent of that of the Alpine peaks, and this mountain was the first in Poland to have professional ski slopes. Currently, there are only two slopes, which are considered difficult, and even very difficult during severe frost and icy conditions. This slope will meet the expectations of experienced ski masters. In the Kasprowy Wierch ski resort, the skiing season lasts a very long time due to the high altitude and low temperature, thanks to which you can enjoy skiing even until mid-May.
Szklarska Poręba is the largest center in the Karkonosze Mountains. It offers a wide selection of ski slopes that will satisfy both beginners and advanced skiers. Among them is the “Ściana” ski lift, which is 1,390 meters high, but the level difference is as much as 434 meters. In addition to excellent slopes, Szklarska Poręba also offers a number of facilities for skiers. Many ski lifts are lit, which allows you to ski after dark. Additionally, tourists can enjoy ski schools, equipment rentals and bistros where they can regenerate after an intense day on the slope.
An additional attraction in Szklarska Poręba are the cross-country skiing routes located in the Jizera Mountains – on the Jakuszycka Glade. The total length of cross-country skiing trails is 100 kilometers, and an interesting fact is that they are arranged in the shape of a clover.
Wisła has been a popular choice among skiers for years because it has routes for both beginners and advanced ski enthusiasts. The resort has almost 30 kilometers of slopes and over 30 ski lifts leading to the slopes. The resort is constantly modernized and improved, and the infrastructure is at an increasingly better level. The Wiślański SkiPass has been operating here for several years, enabling skiing in 12 ski resorts, including: Wisła, Beskid, Nowa Osada and Skolnity. There are many slopes here that allow both adults and children to learn skiing. There are also many cross-country skiing trails in Wisła.
Wierchomla is located in the Beskid Sądecki Mountains, approx. 12 km from Piwniczna-Zdrój. The local microclimate means that snow stays in this region from November to April, and the temperature is about 4 degrees lower than in other towns. The resort offers routes with a total length of 3.5 km, 4 lifts, including 1 chairlift (four-seater chairlift) and 3 drag lifts: Polanki, Toczek, Stonoga for beginners; The route is separated from others, so it offers comfortable conditions for learning to ski. The trails in Wierchomla are wide and comfortable. They are regularly snowed. What’s more, along each of them you can find catering points where you can eat and drink while skiing. The resort also has a ski equipment rental, a ski school, free parking lots, a snow park for snowboarders, equipped with obstacles and jumps, and a 250-meter play cross track for children.