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Best Places to Ski in Poland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Are you eager to hit the slopes in Poland? Our detailed guide showcases the best places to ski in Poland. From the most thrilling runs for avid skiers to welcoming family areas, and from dining options to additional leisure activities, we cover it all for the ultimate ski trip.

Poland may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of skiing, but this Central European nation offers a variety of ski areas that cater to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. With its picturesque landscapes and often less crowded slopes compared to the more renowned Alpine destinations, Poland is an excellent choice for expats and digital nomads looking for a winter sports getaway. Here are some of the best ski areas in Poland that combine great skiing with the charm of Polish hospitality.

Zakopane

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: At the foot of the Tatra Mountains in Southern Poland.
Family Friendly: Yes

Zakopane, often referred to as the winter capital of Poland, is a must-visit destination for skiing enthusiasts. With a variety of slopes, it caters to beginners and experienced skiers alike. The town itself is known for its unique wooden architecture and vibrant local culture, making it a great place to explore after a day on the slopes.

We Recommend: After hitting the slopes, warm up at the cozy 'Karczma Po Zboju' with traditional Polish highlander cuisine and live folk music.

Bialka Tatrzanska

Ability Level: Beginner and intermediate.
Location: Close to Zakopane in the Tatra County.
Family Friendly: Yes

Bialka Tatrzanska is particularly well-suited for families and those new to skiing. The resort offers modern facilities, including thermal baths, which are perfect for relaxation. The gentle slopes are ideal for building confidence and skill in a safe environment.

We Recommend:: 'Bania' is not only a ski resort but also a thermal park where you can enjoy a variety of pools and spa treatments, perfect for a rest day.

Krynica-Zdroj

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: In the Beskid Sadecki mountains in Southern Poland.
Family Friendly: Yes

Krynica-Zdroj is a historic spa town that doubles as a ski destination. It offers a range of slopes, including the popular Jaworzyna Krynicka ski area. The town is also known for its mineral waters and spa facilities, providing a holistic winter vacation experience.

We Recommend:: Visit 'Cafe Helenka' for a taste of the local pastries and a cup of hot chocolate, a perfect treat after a day in the cold.

Szczyrk

Ability Level: Intermediate and expert.
Location: In the Beskid Slaski mountains in the Silesian Voivodeship.
Family Friendly: Yes

Szczyrk is a great choice for more experienced skiers, with its challenging runs and modern lift system. The area is also known for hosting various winter sports competitions, so you might catch some exciting events during your visit.

We Recommend:: 'Koliba pod Skrzydlami' offers a traditional mountain atmosphere and serves hearty Polish dishes that will satisfy any appetite.

Wisla

Ability Level: Beginner and intermediate.
Location: In the Silesian Beskids mountain range.
Family Friendly: Yes

Wisla is a picturesque town that provides a more laid-back skiing experience. It's perfect for those who prefer a quieter setting. The town is also the birthplace of the famous Polish ski jumper Adam Malysz, and you can visit the museum dedicated to his career.

We Recommend:: 'Chata Olimpijczyka' is a restaurant that celebrates the achievements of Polish Olympians and serves excellent regional cuisine.

Kasprowy Wierch

Ability Level: Intermediate and expert.
Location: Accessible from Zakopane.
Family Friendly: No

Kasprowy Wierch is best suited for those looking for a more challenging skiing experience. The area is known for its off-piste opportunities and stunning views of the Tatra Mountains. It's less family-oriented due to the difficulty of the slopes but perfect for adventure seekers.

We Recommend:: 'Giewont' is an iconic eatery in Zakopane where you can enjoy a meal with a view of the mountains, offering a range of Polish and international dishes.

Szklarska Poreba

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: In the Karkonosze mountains, near the Czech border.
Family Friendly: Yes

Szklarska Poreba is a scenic town that offers a variety of slopes for all skill levels. It's also a gateway to the Karkonosze National Park, which provides additional outdoor activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

We Recommend:: 'Restauracja Michalowa Gora' is a local favorite that serves delicious regional dishes with a modern twist, and it's a great spot to enjoy the local ambiance.

Jurgow

Ability Level: Beginner and intermediate.
Location: Near the Slovak border, close to Bialka Tatrzanska.
Family Friendly: Yes

Jurgow is a quaint village that offers a peaceful skiing experience away from the larger crowds. The slopes are well-maintained and suitable for families and those looking to improve their skiing skills in a relaxed environment.

We Recommend:: 'Bacowka u Jozka' is a charming spot where you can indulge in traditional Polish cheese, smoked meats, and other local specialties.

Remember that while Poland's ski resorts may not have the same altitude as the Alps, they offer a unique charm and are a great way to experience the country's winter culture. Whether you're an expat or a digital nomad, these ski areas provide a perfect blend of sport, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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