Skiing in Poland
Although Poland is not the ultimate skiing destination, it does have a few winter resorts in the Beskids, Sudetes and Tatras. Please note that the slopes here are generally much shorter than elsewhere in Europe but still offer a very enjoyable ski experience. Here’s a list of the most popular mountain towns in the south of the country.
Korbielow lies on the Polish-Slovak border. It offers great skiing on the slope of Pilsko but since it’s a small village, the choice of restaurants and other attractions is somewhat limited.
Krynica-Zdroj & Piwniczna-Zdroj
These small mountain towns both have some really good ski facilities. If you visit Krynica, hit the slopes of Jaworzyna Krynicka and if you stay in Piwniczna, you should definitely go skiing on the pistes of Muszyna-Wierchomla.
There are three ski areas in Szczyrk: Skrzyczne which is the highest mountain in the region, Male Skrzyczne and Hala Posrednia. The facilities may not be modern but the slopes offer fantastic mountain views and local food is delicious here.
Ustron may not have as many runs as other towns in the area but the lift facilities are fairly new and the slopes offer some really great views. There are three small ski centres here: Czantoria, Poniwiec and Palenica.
Wisla is a very popular mountain town in Poland. It has four main ski facilities (Cienkow, Nowa Osada, Stozek and Soszow) and a number of smaller slopes. It’s also in the perfect location to explore Ustron and Szczyrk because these two winter resorts are in the near vicinity of Wisla.
Duszniki-Zdroj is a lovely little town with the best ski centre in the region. It’s called Zieleniec and boasts more than 20 lifts. The runs are pretty short, though so visit only if you’re a beginner skier or if you travel with kids.
Szklarska Poreba is located in south-western Poland (about 80 miles from Wroclaw). There are several lift facilities in town but the best and the most popular one is the chairlift up Szrenica Mountain. If you’re an advanced skier, the red and the black trails here will be perfect for you.
Bialka Tatrzanska is a small village in the Tatra Mountains. It offers great slopes suitable for all levels and is a really nice place for family holidays. There are also thermal baths and restaurants serving traditional Polish food, which makes a stay here even more enjoyable.
This village became more popular with skiers when the thermal bath facility was built here a few years ago. It boasts fantastic indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and lots of attractions for kids. It’s a great place to relax after skiing. There are a few lifts in Bukowina but the pistes are short. (They will suit beginners and families.)
Zakopane is the most famous mountain resort in Poland. Though a growing number of Poles complain that it has become very touristy and lost its authenticity, the town is still considered the first choice for a winter holiday by a great many people. Ski lifts in Zakopane are in several different locations, including some of the best-known mountains here (Kasprowy Wierch, Nosal, Gubalowka). Rich folk culture, local food and a water park are among top attractions here too.