Zakopane, Poland

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Zakopane ski holidays

Established in ? the Polish ski resort Zakopane lies at 931 metres altitude in the Tatras region of the Polish Tatras. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 1960m the area is not snow sure. Over ? snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 12km of trails, which equates to around 40 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Zakopane is Kracow at a distance of 100km or approximately ? minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to March.

SNO-man says

Originally a seventeenth century forestry settlement, Zakopane has been a centre for Polish intellectuals for the past century. This lovely town ( with a few ugly Communist era blocks and now Burger King and McDonalds ) is also Poland's best known ski centre. There are seven ski areas around Zakopane offering more than 50 lifts between them, but most are short drag lifts, either running parallel or not connecteed to one another. Many are also privately owned lifts requiring separate tickets. The nearest ski area (3km) is Kasprowy Wierch where there is high Alpine skiing in two treeless bowls. Other nearby areas are Gubalowka and Nosal. 14 of the lifts quoted locally are drag lifts dotted around the town. Zakopane has hosted: three FIS World Ski Championships (1929, 1939,1962), three Winter Universiades (1956, 1993, 2001), Biathlon World Championship, several Ski Jump World Cups, and several Nordic Combined, Nordic and Alpine European Cups.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 0 runs ?km
0%  Intermediate Trails
 2 runs ?km
20%  Advanced Trails
 7 runs ?km
40%  Expert Trails
 7 runs ?km
40% 

Resort and Holiday Stats

Beginners
Intermediate
Advanced/Expert
Snowboarders
Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Snow-Sure
Ambience
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)? - ?
Traditional Village / Purpose Built Resort
Resort OpensDec 2014
Resort ClosesMar 2015
(snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs27km
total length of Zakopane trails
Longest Lift-Served Run8.5km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope OrientationN E
direction Zakopane area faces
Top Altitude1960m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude931m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude931m
centre of Zakopane ski resort
Vertical Drop929m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical^v 929m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Skiing in Zakopane

16 pistes and trails means approximately 27km of runs. 20 Zakopane lifts have capacity to transport 10000 per hour. The longest run in the Polish ski resort is over 8.5km.

SNO-man says

The mountain has 0% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 20% intermediate, 40% advanced slopes and 40% for experts - the most difficult piste is the ?km ? run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. You can ski Zakopane after dark as there is night skiing on ?km of illuminated piste.

Rating for skiing gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Zakopane

Of the 20 ski lifts, 16 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Zakopane is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 0 terrain parks and 1 half pipe (longest half pipe length is ? metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

Rating for snowboarding gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Zakopane Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

12 apres ski bars 12 restaurants 0 bowling 2 night club 1 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 2 indoor swimming 1 outdoor heated pools 0 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 1 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 10 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 1 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Curling, Historic Buildings, Ice Hockey, Salt Mine.

SNO-man says

Zakopane has a flourishing folk culture with regular performances where visitors can enjoy the mountain customs, costumes, singing and dancing. The are several historic buildings including the oldest Catholic wooden church, built between 1847-1851. A visit to Tatra Museum (Muzeum Tatrzanskie) will provide an insight into life in this area with regional artefacts, native animals and amazing wood carvings. Located 10 miles southeast of Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mines are one of Poland's best-known tourist attractions. The mine has been operating continuously sinces its construction in the Middle Ages and well-preserved mining chambers and primitive mining tools and machines are on display. Today it reaches a depth of more than one thousand feet on nine levels with close to one hundred ninety miles of corridors, galleries, chambers and underground lakes. The mine currently has three distinct functions: as an active, working mine, as the world's first subterranean therapeutic sanitarium used in the treatment of bronchial and allergic asthma, and as an important tourist attraction for visitors to Krakow. People who tour the mine visit only the first three levels, along a winding route of nearly two miles. As they follow the subterranean paths, they wander past artistic salt carvings and the 17th century solid salt St. Anthony chapel, the oldest original creation in the mine. The largest and most ornate of three subterranean chapels is one that bears the name of blessed Kinga, the patron of Polish salt miners and the wife of Boleslaw the Bashful, the 13th-century Prince of the Krakow-Sandomierz province. The cavernous room, its altars and religious statues - even glittering chandeliers - are all carved in salt. In 1918, the chapel was wired for electricity and the crystal chandeliers were adapted for electric current. Mass is celebrated three times a year, on Blessed Kinga Day - July 24, Miners Day - December 4, and Christmas Day. The chapel is also used as a concert hall. The mine is open for visitors 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., mid-April to mid-October, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the winter months. The temperature underground averages 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Wieliczka attracts not only curious tourists, it has also been visited by crowned heads of state, international renowned personalities and celebrities.

Rating for apres ski gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

"Zakopane" by any other name

The Polish resort is also known as Kasprowy Wierch, Gubalowka and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Zakopane slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Zakopane has slopes facing N E.

Rating for snow gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Zakopane Shopping

Zakopane shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

Special purchases include glass and enamelware, handwoven rugs, silverware, handmade jewellery with amber and silver, dolls in regional costume, woodcarvings, clay and metal sculptures.

Zakopane value for money gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Zakopane

Zakopane hire shops - overview of all shopping in Zakopane

Special purchases include glass and enamelware, handwoven rugs, silverware, handmade jewellery with amber and silver, dolls in regional costume, woodcarvings, clay and metal sculptures.

Zakopane ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Zakopane

Zakopane snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Zakopane: 50km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 50km     Intermediate XC Trails: 0km   Difficult XC Trails: 0km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 0      Paragliding schools: 0

Snow mobile Rental: 0     Toboggan Run Length: 0km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Zakopane

Zakopane snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 10 Snowshoeing: 0 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 0km Paragliding schools: 0

Zakopane non skiing facilities also include Curling, Historic Buildings, Ice Hockey, Salt Mine.

Zakopane reviews, 2 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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