Zakopane

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “Cheap with a pioneering feel. Kasprowy Wierch easily the standout area”

Freeriding

60%

Big open bowls in Kasprowy

Freestyle

20%

Expect nothing laid on

Pistes

48%

Well maintained but not testing

Mountain stats

Top lift:1987m
Vertical drop:993m
Bottom lift:800m

LiftsLift count : 1 x Cable-cars   6 x Chairlifts   10 x Drag-lifts   fenicular

27km of pistes

Easy
81%
Intermediate
5%
Advanced
12%
Total Pistes:21
Longest Piste:7km

Zakopane is Polands answer to Chamonix, France. Founded in the seventeenth century Zakopane is now a collection of wooden chalets, soviet flats and western branded shops. Like Chamonix it’s a town which services a collection of small resorts; Kasprowy Wierch, Polana Szymoszkowa, Nosal and near by Bialka. Unlike Chamonix most of these resorts are just hill sides covered with snow ploughing Poles, straight lining, out of control at breakneck speed.

The two main downside to Zakopane are accessing the slopes and the lift passes. There is a tourist bus but it’s infrequent and you need a logarithms book to decode the timetable. It’s best to take Taxis to the slopes, make sure the meters on tariff one. Mini bus taxis are cheaper. As for the lift pass’s, each little area has it’s own pass and many sell single rides, half days or full days, some have hand free cards which you put credits on and different lifts deduct different values. It’s absolutely ridiculous and can lead you to needing different coloured passes for different lifts in the same area. At the end of a week your pockets are full of cards, some which have a deposit on, paper passes and a head that wonders what the Russians have done to these people’s minds.

Put all that put to one side, and if you like it old school, don’t mind a walk for your powder, or are a complete beginner, then Poland’s just great. It’s cold as, which keeps its plentiful snow in tip-top condition, it’s cheap with a pint never reaching over the £1 mark, and the women are just fine, just fine.

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World Ranking

3rd

Overall in Eastern Europe

  • #6 best freeride
  • #11 best freestyle
  • #8 best piste riding

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