13 January 2020

Ski vacation in the footsteps of the Pope

Why to visit Poland in winter

Many know places in Poland like Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow and Mazury. The cities in Poland have long been trend destinations for city trips. But there are also good reasons to visit Poland for a ski holiday? The ten highest mountains in the country have an altitude over 2,300 meters each. Stunning panoramic mountain views are guaranteed. In winter a lot of areas are attractive winter sport centers, e.g. the Carpathian Mountains with the snow-rich Beskids and the Tatras or the Giant Mountains in the Sudetes. You will find there a great leisure offering for the whole family, good value for money and nearby excursion attractions such as Kraków or Wroclaw.

The largest Polish winter sports resort is Zakopane, a picturesque small town located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the resort is known beyond the national borders due to international ski jumping competitions. Karol Wojtyla, or Pope John Paul II, used to ski here during his time as bishop and cardinal. Zakopane is divided into several small ski areas which can be used with a single ski pass and connected with a free ski bus. Some of the areas are open until 10 p.m. Around the city there are ideal opportunities for beginners. Experienced skiers will also find steeper slopes, mogul slopes and longer slopes in the vicinity.

Another example of a Polish winter sports center is Szklarska Poręba. It nestles not far from Jelenia Góra, at the Giant Mountains, along the border between Poland and the Czech Republic on an altitude of 1,602 meters. In addition to slopes of all levels of difficulty, Szklarska Poreba offers numerous other winter sports options such as whether cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing or sledding. Overall, Poland has invested heavily in modern snowmaking and lift facilities as well as in new hotels and thus offers excellent conditions for an eventful winter trip.