Tatra mountains are the part of Carpathian mountains. These are the tallest mountains in Poland located on the southern part of Poland. The tallest top in Poland is Rysy with it’s 2499m.a.s.l. Tatra has lower part where are some valleys, passes, waterfalls and caves. It’s wooded and covered by mountain meadows. The most famous valleys are
Dolina Chochołowska and Dolina Kościeliska. In the taller mountains is the valley called Dolina Pięciu Stawów and the largest lake in the Tatra Morskie Oko.
The most known tops in Tatra that you must see are Kasprowy Wierch (1987 MASL) and Giewont (1894 MASL).
Polish Tatra belongs to Tatra National Park (Tatrzański Park Narodowy, TPN) that means you must buy the ticket (costs about 2 – 4 PLN) to enter and go to designated routes.
The culture center of these mountains is Zakopane with Krupówki and many old houses in wooden Witkacy style. In the past Zakopane was southern capital of polish culture and many artists spent their hollyday there. You can feel it till today.
Tatra for ski
You can find many places where you’ll fun to ski. Here are slopes at various difficulty levels so everyone will find something for everyone.
Most slopes has various lifts, gastronomy, ski schools, ski shops, rents and services. If you want see more about one ski slope just click on the name so the link takes you to the website of the ski slope.
In Zakopane you can choose cross-country skiing, too. Here are some cross-coutry trails with views on wanders of the Tatra landscape. Some have ski rents.
The ski slopes in Zakopane
Most known ski slopes:
Gubałówka – the part of Pasmo Gubałowskie. You can rich the top going by the ropeway built in 1938 and refreshed with new trolleys. At the top are waiting such attractions as the view at the mountains around it, Zakopane. On the top is playground, coffes, gravitational queue.The skislope is prepeared for ski and snowboard. It has ski lift, snowpark, lights, ski school, cross-country, artificial snow and ratrak slope.
Polana Szymoszkowa – this place lies near Gubałówka. It has ski lift, ski school, ski rent, ski service, ski shop, more over you can fun at the thermal hot pool.
Nosal – the most difficult ski slope in Poland. The chairlift takes to the top of the slope and it’s good choice only for perfect skiers. If you don’t feel strong at ski choose rather ski lift that takes you to the half of the hill. At the foot of the slope you can start to learn ski. Nosal has ski school, ski rent & service, ski shop, gastronomy.
Other ski slopes:
Budzowski Wierch – has ski lift, ratrak and artificial snow, ski school, ski rent, ski service, gastronomy, free parking, it’s one of the cheapest slopes in Zakopane.
Gigant – for beginners, it has the same attractions as the slopes above.
Kalatówki – has 2 ski lifts that takes you to the slope for advanced or beginners.
Kasprowy Wierch – only for very advanced skiers, very extreme slope, has gondola, chairlift, ski rent & service,
Cross – country skiing trails in Zakopane
Górna Równia Krupowa – the only ski trail in the center of Zakopane. The trail lies on the huge meadow with the view on Giewont. Good choice for beginners. Length 4km.
COS pod Skocznią – about 2 km trail that begins under the medium ski jump and goes to the football court. It has the ski rent. ul. Br. Czecha
near TOPR – about 1km trail with artificial snow. It has ski rent. UL.Piłsudskiego 63A
Dolina Kościeliska – easy trail about 6km with a wonderful view on Kominiarski Wierch and Ciemniak. ul. Nędzy Kubińca