Winter Sports Centers in Poland

Poland has several winter sports centers with excellent facilities to attract visitors. Many of them organize events and contests to make your visit fun-filled and adventurous.

Zakopane is by far the best. It is known as the winter capital of Poland. Winter sports began in Zakupane almost hundred years ago. Today it has slopes with varying difficulty levels to satisfy skiers with all abilities. The best slope is the Mt. Kasprowy Wierch, whose summit can be reached by cable car or chairlifts. Zakopane also has facilities for cross-country skiing. Annual ski-jumping contests that are held here usually draw a large number of tourists. Besides skiing, there is a hiking trail along the valley of the Tatra National Park and the Chocholowska valley, which gives a magnificent view of the mountains.

Zakupane has a wonderful ambience with the original houses of the highlanders and their curious folklore. There is a colorful pedestrian mall, modern cafes and jazz and rock clubs, all together promising you loads of fun.

In the Silesian Beskid, Szczyrk with its large number of skiing trails is another important winter sports center. It has both FIS route for expert skiers and many smaller grounds for beginners. The Bienkula and Golgota trails are well maintained even with artificial snow, if needed. Szklarska Poreba is the major center of sports in the Sudeten Mountains. Other well-known centers are Karpacz where there are mini centers with artificial snow and lighting for nighttime adventures. Zieneliec in the Sudeten Mountains is popular because the snow remains there for a very long time. It has more than twenty ski lifts to cater to the needs of the skiers.

Polish stud farms also provide good rest and recreation. The Gladyszow stud farm in the Beskid Niski and the ones near the Baltic Sea are worth a visit. Kuligi races are often organized by the stud farms for visitors. Apart from horse and sleigh rides, they also provide snow scooters for added adventure.
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