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Skiing and snowboarding in Poland

The mountainous landscape of Poland is ideal for skiers and snowboarders. In the south of our country there are several dozen resorts, some with a long tradition, some newly opened.

The better known ski slopes are in Zakopane, of course. The longest one in the Tatry leads from the mountain revered by Polish skiers – Kasprowy Peak, to the Gąsienicowa Meadow – and is over 7 km long.

The routes from Nosal and Gubalowka are also very popular, with the Szymoszkowa Clearing the favourite place for the snowboarders. Snowboarders have not been forgotten in Witow and Bialka Tatrzanska near Zakopane, where special slopes for hurdling and tricks have been prepared.

In Sudety the piste near Karpacz and Szklarska Poreba are the most crowded. The most famous Polish cross-country skiing piste is in Jakuszyce, where the biggest winter international event takes place – the Piast Race.

The Beskidy Mountains resorts have modern facilities and are competition for the foreign resorts – the equipment of the skiing resorts in Jaworzyna Krynicka or in Wierchomla matches any on the best European slopes. The Jaworzyna Mountains have modern gondolas and the longest lit route, 2,5 km. Wisła, Szczyrk and Korbielow also have their faithful fans.

In the past few years, due to the increasing popularity of winter sports new piste have been created in Mazury, Podlasie and Kaszuby regions, as well as the artificial slopes which have been created in the Szczesliwice park in Warsaw and the Malta park in Poznan.

The route in Polanczyk, by the Solinski Bay, on the Sosna clearing by the shore of the Czorsztynskie Lake and the Lysa Mountain in Sopot are worth recommending to those who like to ski in surroundings with beautiful views. Perhaps the slope in Sopot is not very impressive from the point of view of altitude but it does give a rather unique experience, a view of the Baltic Sea whilst you ski!


January 28, 2013 Posted by | Krakow Travel Advice, Recommendations, Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

President Komorowski backs Poland’s Olympic 2022 bid.

President Komorowski backs Polish Olympic bid

“If we want to co-host such an event in 2022 we have to start working on it today,” President Komorowski said in the mountain resort of Bialka Tatrzanska, Małopolska.

The head of state mentioned the state of the road that links the tourist centres of Krakow and mountain resort of Zakopane as among the priorities for preparations for hosting the games.

“The funds should be spent on the ‘famous’ motorway leading to Zakopane which as of now does not meet the standards for such a big international event,” he said of the 1970s-built road.

Komorowski also said that as this was a joint bid to host the Winter Olympics with Slovakia, coordinating the project must begin right away.

“We need to build cooperation with our Slovak neighbours. We could not prepare this bid without them because our Tatra mountains are not as big as those in Slovakia,” Komorowski said.

According to the plan, Krakow, in southern Poland, would host the opening and closing ceremonies and the city would host the majority of the events played on ice, while Zakopane, Poland’s winter tourist capital, would handle snowboarding, cross country skiing and the biathlon.

Slovakia would organise a number of skiing events and some of the ice hockey fixtures.

A letter of intent has already been signed by the heads of the Olympic committees of Poland and Slovakia while the official candidacy declaration is to be made in 2013.

The host city will be elected on July 31, 2015 at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur.

Several European cities have put in bids to host the event, including Munich, Nice, Oslo and Lviv.

Asian bids have come from Beijing and Almaty in Kazakhstan.


January 15, 2013 Posted by | Events, Sport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adam Małysz – The Flying Moustache

KRAKOW TOURS – Ski-jumper extraordinaire, the diminutive and mustachioed Adam Malysz, is preparing for a farewell bonanza this weekend in Zakopane, Poland’s winter capital.

The multi-medal-winning sportsman, who is the only ski-jumper to have won the World Cup three times in a row, announced his retirement from the sport earlier this month.

Known internationally as ‘The Flying Moustache’ and ‘The Polish Batman’, the slight sportsmen combined a gentle, modest manner with ski-surfing feats that saw him snap up 4 Olympic medals and 7 from the World Championships.

As many as 40,000 fans are expected to descend on Zakopane this weekend, with the main attractions scheduled for Saturday 26th.

Special trains services are being laid on to help accommodate the numbers, and fake moustaches are being prepared for those not able to sport the real McCoy this Saturday.

‘I had been kind of planning to shave off the moustache,’ said Malysz, ‘but what with this action coming about, well, it would be stupid to do so.’

Besides a host of international stars who’ll be joining Malysz on the jumps, a number of pop and folk bands will be letting rip to entertain revellers. Groups such as Wilki, Papa D. Zakopower and Brathanki are all expected.

Likewise a special tribute song, entitled ‘We’re jumping for you’, has been rustled up, courtesy of Patrycja Markowska, Kasia Wilk, Piotr Cugowski oraz Grzegorz Skawiński.

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tatra Beer is big problem for the Slovakians – sorry I mean Bear

KRAKOW TOURS – A large bear is rampaging on the Polish-Slovakian border, in the Tatra National Park (TPN), and has already attacked some horses and two lumberjacks, one on either side of the border.

The Slovakians have apparently issued orders to shoot the animal if found on their side of the mountains, but the Poles have a more humane approach to the problem. Workers from the TPN have prepared a special cage which they hope to lure the aggressive mammal into.

“If he goes into the cage, we’ll put him to sleep for a while, carry out some genetic testing, establish its sex, age and weight, attach a collar and then wake him up and let him go. Then we’ll know from an online signal where the bear is to an accuracy of 5m,” park director Pawel Skawinski told reporters.

This will enable TPN workers to manage the animal and enable them to warn tourists and mountain walkers away from areas where the bear is active. In extreme circumstances, park officers are ready to use plastic bullets against the marauding beast. “He won’t be killed by us,” Skawinski guaranteed.

The park director has three hypotheses as to why the animal is behaving so aggressively: either the bear is injured, or it has been fed by people and no longer fears them, or – an extremely rare occurrence – the bear is a natural born killer.

April 30, 2010 Posted by | Krakow Travel Advice, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter Bites Back

KRAKOW TOURS – While the rest of Poland is enjoying the onset of spring, Zakopane was plunged back into winter this Monday evening as heavy snow fell, bringing down power lines and leaving thousands without power. By Tuesday morning 10cm of snow lay on the streets of Zakopane, taking locals and tourists by surprise.

The tourists in particular were pleased by the unexpected turn of events and lost no time at all in strapping on their skis.

“Wonderful powder, there’s nothing like skiing on fresh powder snow,” commented one happy skier.

Those heading into the mountains though are being warned to take extra care and a level three avalanche warning is in place. Due to the typical spring weather conditions, warm in the day leading to a slight thaw, then refreezing at night, the danger of avalanches is particularly high. Inexperienced walkers should stay away and those who do take therisk need to ensure they are equipped with crampons, avalanche detectors, probes, shovels and the like.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Krakow Travel Advice, News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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