Skiing and snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are the most popular winter sports in Poland. There are lots of places where you can ski, but most of them are located in the south of Poland, in Tatry and Sudety Mountains. If you are interested not only in spending your time on a ski lift, Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland, rich with culture and history heritage, will probably be the best choice.
In this city, situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, you can find nice slopes both for beginners and experiences skiers. Skiing season is very long here, it runs from November to March. Because all of these advantages, it is quite popular and crowded place, so if you are looking just for a quiet place where you can relax, it is good to choose one of the villages around Zakopane, for example Bukowina Tatrzanska. Local slopes are rather for beginners here, but in next village, Bialka Tatrzanska, there is a big ski complex. In Bukowina there are also thermal baths and spa&wellness complex, where you can relax after a tough day on a hill-side.
Another very popular ski complex in Poland is Szczyrk in Silesian Beskids, on the south from Bielsko-Biala. There are a few routes between which you can choose – difficult or simple one. In Szczyrk there is also the biggest and best equipped snowpark for snowboarders in Poland.
Surroundings of Szczyrk also have well prepared ski runs, for example Brenna, Wisla, Ustron or Bielsko-Biala.
In Karkonosze Mountains, south-west part of Poland, popular ski resorts are Szklarska Poreba, Karpacz or Mount Snieznik, and on the south Jaworzyna near Krynica.
Some of Polish cities have ski lifts in administrative limits of a town. These are: Warsaw, Poznan, Sopot, Bydgoszcz, Kielce and Bielsko-Biala.