Snowboarding in Zakopane

The long and snowy winters of Zakopane have made it one of the most popular ski resorts of Europe and a worthy alternative to having some snowboarding madness experienced on the Swiss or French slopes. With its hill sides representing a varied level of difficulty, Zakopane is an excellent place to have your snowboarding experience developed or taken to a new level on the demanding slopes of Kasprowy Wierch.

Tour Overview

Enjoying loads of snow every winter. Having a number of separate ski areas with excellent ski lifts, downhill runs and restaurants. Suitable for all levels of experience at cost-effective prices. Welcome to Zakopane – the mecca of Polish snowboarders that has been attracting more international crowds throughout the last decade. Pick the skiing complex of your choice, receive your ski pass and plough the snows of Zakopane with your snowboard, provided with the assistance of a professional instructor – obviously, if you still need one.
Zakopane occupies a valley between the Tatra Mountains and Gubalowka Hill, situated conveniently enough to cater for thousands of tourists willing to use its nearby skiing and snowboarding centres, also in terms of accommodation venues. Located in southern Poland – 110 kilometres of a ride southwards from Krakow and next to the Slovakian border – it offers its snowboarding season as ranging between December and March, with the average temperature reaching -3,1 °C and the total amount of snow cap having reached 247 cm in 2016 there. These are optimal conditions to ensure your stay in Zakopane as spent in a real snowboarding paradise! Upon informing us on the need to have some snowboarding lessons booked (those aimed at children included) or equipment rented, you will be free to drop in to Zakopane for some snowboarding adventure with no heavy baggage carried there on your own. This opens great opportunities to explore the snowboarding areas of Polana Szymoszkowa, Harenda or Kasprowy Wierch in a spontaneous way even for those who have originally come to Krakow. Your snowboarding experience in Zakopane may also be easily tailored to the number of days you are planning to spend there and formed into a truly personalised snowboarding holiday package.
Zakopane is quite different to the winter resorts of the Alps, while sharing a similar landscape with the said massif. It does not offer extensive sets of snowboarding runs and lifts occupying one skiing area adjoined to a given resort. In fact, being composed of a few separate snowboarding centres (often competing for prices of their ski passes) is an unarguable advantage of Zakopane – not to mention its side attractions that will make your stay more varied. If you decide to slide down the snowboarding runs of Harenda centre, you will enjoy the presence of 4-person chair lifts and 3 drag lifts there. Harenda offers extensive snowboarding areas for beginners and the intermediate  ones, as well as some more difficult back and red runs there (expect some boxes, rails and jumps prepared for you if you are into performing tricks). With some nice Tatra views stretching opposite to the slopes of Harenda, you may also have some really inexpensive coffee or snacks at the foot of the hill, with some great outdoor areas provided for relaxed  people watching.
Szymoszkowa Clearing (1,130 m asl) is located in the immediate vicinity of the center of Zakopane. Offering a stunning view of Tatra ranges from the top of it, it allows snowboarders for the use of its artificial snowing cannons, 4-person chair lifts (leading to the top of a green run, for beginners and intermediate ones) and a 6-person detachable chair lift (leading to the top of a red/blue run for advanced snowboarders). Encompassing both mild and steeper runs, Szymoszkowa is excellently surrounded by restaurants, equipment rentals and snowboarding schools. Gubalowka Hill Centre – also operating near the heart of Zakopane – has its height reaching 1,123 m asl. To enjoy sliding along its runs that are suitable for all levels of expertise, you may use some of its t-bar lifts or famous Gubalowka Funicular to get to the top of it. This facility is especially recommended to those who like ploughing their snow after dusk. Just 3 kilometres away from Zakopane there you will find the most famous skiing and snowboarding centre of  the town: Kasprowy Wierch complex (1,978 mm asl). It occupies the central spot of beautiful Tatra ranges, being surrounded by breathtaking Alpine-like landscape. Popularly reachable by Kasprowy Wierch Cable Car having its base at Kuznice station, it offers some of the longest and most challenging snowboarding routes to be found in Poland. Two black runs may be conveniently chosen at Kasprowy: the run down Gasienicowa Valley (4-person chair lift) or Goryczkowa Valley (2-person chair lift), both providing everyone with an unforgettable rush of adrenaline upon using. If we add the presence friendly locals, unique folklore and delicious local cuisine to this all, the image of Zakopane we get will respond to the expectations of each ardent snowboarder looking for a perfect place to practise their passion at!
Ready to slide down the snowboarding runs of Zakopane this winter? Contact us for the best assistance you can get to make it possible!

Tour Details

  • It is possible for you to undertake snowboarding in Zakopane regardless of your place of stay in Poland. Simply - inform us of where you are and what the date of your intended visit is - we will do the rest!
  • The price includes: transport (pre-arranged hotel pick-up and drop-off), admission fees to pre-arranged attractions, the assistance of a guide for individual tourists / small groups of visitors, the assistance of a snowboarding instructor, equipment rental, ski passes to snowboarding centres chosen.

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