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Skiing in Poland Posted by on Dec 29, 2010 in Places to visit

Winter is here and that’s why I wanted to share some information with you about one of my favorite winter sports.

I know that a lot of you have done some skiing all over the Europe, Canada and USA. But I have to say “Cudze chwalicie, swego nie znacie”. I guess the best translation would be “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”, people praise other countries, but don’t know enough about their own.

Poland skiing can be a treat in our historical country. While many may vacation during the summer months, many others prefer to vacation during winter so they can enjoy a variety of winter sports with Poland skiing vacations at the top of the list. Poland skiing offers excellent towering peaks as well as flat hills and charming valleys for experts to beginners to enjoy the thrill of the slopes.

Skiing in Poland is one of the most popular activities of many visitors. Today, you can find several Poland ski resorts that offer a wide array of amenities including ski instructors. Poland ski areas include Karpacz, Zakopane, Krynica Zdrój, Szczyrk, Szklarska Poręba, and Wisła.

Skiing in Poland is an exciting adventure and can be one of the most pleasant vacations in the world when you plan to stay at one of the many Poland ski resorts in the area. The first thing you must do is decide which ski area you wish to explore and then you will be able to find the perfect resort for your vacation.

In Karpacz, you will find the Poland ski resort, Vavaldi. Vavaldi is nestled in a pine forest giving guests a secluded and cozy atmosphere while getting them close to the Kolorowa Slope and the Kopa Chair lift. Other attractions nearby include Karkonoski National Park and the Łomnica Waterfall. Karpacz offers 10 ski lifts, 1772 vertical, and 14398 feet for the highest lift. Skiing here is great for intermediate skiers and for snowboarding.

The Nikifor in Krynica Zdrój offers an array of skiing opportunities in the magnificent hills and valleys around the area. This ski resort offers a babysitting service as well as a Finnish sauna, and horse drawn carriage rides. Zdrój offers 6 ski lifts, 197 feet vertical, and 2034 for the highest lift. Skiing here is great for beginners to experts.

Szczyrk is one of Poland ski areas that offer access to more than 60 km of ski runs. One of the most popular accommodations in Szczyrk is the Willa Maggie. The hotel offers excellent views of the Beskidy Mountains as well as a great starting place for all types of winter adventures. Szczyrk offers 8 ski lifts, 2304 feet vertical, and 4126 feet for the highest lift. There are two major skiing areas offering a wide range of skill levels.

Szklarska Poręba in the western part of the Karkonosze Mountains is home to Sasanka ski resort. Along with being so close to all kinds of skiing opportunities this wonderful hotel offers a wellness center, ski lockers, and horse back riding. Szklarska Poręba offers 8 ski lifts, 2140 vertical, and 4470 feet for the highest lift. There are 10 trails offering a wide range of skill levels.

Wisła is home in the Beskid Śląski Mountains and attracts visitors year round, but winter of course is the most popular time since it is an awesome Poland skiing area. Here you will find Villa Almira close to the downtown area. The ambience of the resort is one of relaxation and comfort. You will also enjoy the beautiful mountain walking trails. Wisła offers 1 chair lift and 3 T-lifts with 2841 feet for the highest lift. The skiing is about average for beginners, experts, and families alike.

Zakopane is one of the most popular skiing destinations in Poland. Here you will find several Poland ski resorts that will fit your lifestyle. A couple of the most popular include Litwor and Górski Dworek. Zakopane offers 20 ski lifts, 3049 feet vertical, and 6433 feet for the highest lift with 16 trails. Skiing is average for expert skiers as well as for intermediate skiers.

Ski Poland can be one of the best family vacations you may have.  Consider a cozy mountain resort and the family skiing in Poland together. I’m sure you will have great memories of the time spent there along with the beauty that only Poland can give. Many ski resorts have kept their mountainous nature and character. In mountain restaurants you can eat traditional food, which will certainly satisfy many tourists.

So if you are planning to visit Poland this winter – hit the slopes and let us know how you liked that!

Do następnego razu! (Till next time…)



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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Polish Mama on the Prairie:

    Never been skiing! I really want to and once we went to check it out but it seemed too expensive to try once and end up possibly not liking. We are going to Poland this year, either summer or Christmas break, if Christmas, we will have to go skiing. I’ll let you know how it goes when we do!
    I’ve met loads of Europeans who love skiing who say Poland is the place to go for it since it’s inexpensive and abundant there.

  2. Michael:

    Can you hire everything you need at these resorts or do you need to buy your own gear?

    What do you need to bring?
    What can you hire?
    Can you get lessons?

  3. Steve:

    Try http://www.skiinpoland.com/osrodek.php?id_osrodka=13 for an example of what is available in English. The site only covers a few ski centres, but should give you an idea. The one this link points to is in Kielce, a couple of hours from Warsaw by car, so a visitor to the capital can do it easily in a day.

    For videos of Kielce skii9ng, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iL5EH8dr1A.