Go Skiing in Zakopane!

First off, how's the sound of the town?
There's hardly a better ski town than Zakopane. When it comes to the sights, sounds, smells, sips and slopes, this baby is right up there with the best of them! Nestled in the heart of the Tatra Mountains - the peak of the Carpathians, a northeastern offshoot of the Alps - Zakopane keeps its visitors happy; and they keep coming back. Perhaps the fact that the Tatra Mountains are the youngest alpine mountain chain in the world has something to do with the energy around here? I don't know. But between the vast vistas, hot hotels, and bruising bars, you'll find something for everyone in Zakopane.

I like the cut of your jib. What's the scope of the slope?
Yeah, that's cheesy, sorry; but seriously, the skiing around here is good. The surrounding environs are in pristine shape - the natural result of environmental protection efforts. At present, you'll find about 50 ski lifts around here; and this number is constantly growing due to the exploding popularity of the region. Here are some hot spots:

At the top of the list is Kasprowy Wierch. You can reach this summit by the cable car from Kuznice. However, be advised: this peak is very popular. Add to that an archaic cable car (built in the 1930's!!) and bureaucratic restrictions on its development and you've got a line (queue, for you English blokes) that can take hours to negotiate. The best advice is to reserve your cable car ticket in advance at a travel agency. If you can't do it remotely, you certainly can purchase one ahead of time, in Zakopane. Either way, it's worth the wait: Once you get to the top you'll enjoy a loooong ride down. The slope is fairly challenging, so novice skiers should go at their own risk. Good skiing conditions can hold until May

Nosal is another top choice around here. With a chair-lift and over 10 T lifts, you won't be bored. On a clear day the views are fantastic.

Next up is Gubalowka, which provides the closest slopes to the town. You can reach the top via the newly built railcar or one of many T-bar style lifts. In addition to a fantastic view of Zakopane and its surrounding environs, you'll find slopes for all levels of skiers. Artificial snow and lighting keep the place humming for a long while.

As with many places in Poland, the best stuff is reserved for the adventurous and those willing to do some exploring. So if you're willing to give up McDonald's and souvenirs, try visiting some of the local villages. The prices will be a lot lower and the feel much more authentic. Besides you can feel cool for getting off the beaten path. Some good slopes can be found in Bialka, Poronin or Bukowina Tatrzanska. Bust out a map and away you go!

For those of you who prefer the horizontal to the vertical, Zakopane is a cross-country skiers dream. Try the Krokiew area by the massive ski jumps (Malysz in the house!). Once again, if at all possible, try to find some less travelled routes; the peace and quiet will make those breathtaking views all the more enjoyable.

Dude, I forgot my gear!
No worries. There are plenty of places to rent equipment around here (just follow the link and choose 'Ski Hire'). Furthermore, unlike the neighbours to the west, Poland can still boast affordability. You can get some really good gear for a fraction of what you'd pay in the U.S. or Switzerland. With all the money you save, you can enjoy Zakopane's nightlife even more!

How affordable is "affordable?" Well here are some general prices to get you rolling. (And, by the way, $1 = app. 3 PLN, 1 = app. 4 PLN, 1 = app. 5.8 PLN)

Ski Rental - All Day for 30 - 40 PLN

Ski Passes at:

Nosal - 15 rides for 50 PLN

Gubalowka - 10 rides for 50 PLN

Szymoszkowa - 10 rides for 60 PLN

Kasprowy - 1 ride for approx. 10 PLN

If there is anything else you'd like to see on this page, tell us. Meanwhile if you can't ski to save your life then book some skiing lessons through us, and you'll be slaloming in no time!

Alright! Kick some slope-bootie!

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kerem bayraktaroglu from United Kingdom Reply Dec 12th, 2016

Don't not use GO Ski! in Zakopane. An awful place with no regard for customer satisfaction. Totally ruined my holiday and chance of ever skiing for the first time. Stay away!!! You have been warned.

Angelo from Italy Reply Oct 9th, 2016

Hello,information please, the skii season , its open november 2016?? About 7 november 2016??

Chantelle Tabone from Malta Reply Feb 22nd, 2016

Dear all Please we are going to be 9 people and we will be in Poland from the 24th march till 28th, anyone can help me how to spend these days in snow and even some shopping. ince I am coming during easter is it true that all shops will be closed and even ski adventuors? We are interested to do some beginners skking, snow dog sledging and horse riding, and witht he motor bikes? ANyone can help me please? I Would lke to visit Tatra Mountains and especially Morskie Oko Let me know the dates which it will be closed?

Kadri from Estonia Reply Dec 16th, 2015

Hello! We are going to krakow on 28th of december. we would like to go skiing 30 december. Can you help me to search best places for skiing and what are the mountain prices. we have our own equipment but the ticket prices we need to know. Maybe you can help us :)

Debbie from United Kingdom Reply Mar 30th, 2015

Hi, we are arriving on Saturday 4th April and staying till 8th. Will any slopes be open on Easter Sunday and will the restaurants be open at Gubalowka. We would like to taken the train and have some lunch here. My Son and Husband wanted to have a basic ski lesson on Easter Monday. Is there anything open for this. Would I be able to ski on lower slope too. Can you also recommend a good sleigh ride for us. We are not sure what is and isn't open over Easter as we know it is a very religious time for Zakopane. Thank you

Espen from Norway Reply Jan 7th, 2015

Does anyone know if there is any plans to open the Kasprowy Wierch for skiing this season (2015)? We are travelig to Zakopane on the 18th of January. We are very close to change that for Tatranská Lomnica, just because of the fantastic lack of information.

andy Jan 20th, 2015

almost all ski lift are opened according to the website information

Jennifer from Poland Reply Jan 4th, 2015

We currently live in Poland. I will be coming down in February and then again in March to take my boys skiing, they last skiied in Colorado and I would like ot enroll them in English speaking lessons, it has been a year since they have been on the slopes. Where do you advise I take them? They are 9 and 12 years old. One snow boards and one skiis, we would need the equipment too. Thanks!

Renette from United Kingdom Reply Dec 3rd, 2014

Hi there! Our family are coimg to Zakopane for Christmas! We have a 3 year old and a five year old! Will they be able to attend ski school??

Guest Reply Dec 3rd, 2014

Zakopane area is nice but the for skiing its not even remotely comparable to many ski areas in the Alps/Dolomites. Poor ski lift facilities, overcrowded, poor slope condition unless you are lucky with the weather. Yes fine if you are local and want a short trip but I would go elsewhere for a real ski holiday.

Louise b from United Kingdom Reply Apr 18th, 2014

We are coming to zakopane Poland with our six year old and two year old. I have been looking on line and unable to see if there is any crèche for the two year old. He will be two and 3/4. What child care is available.

Mel from Australia Reply Feb 18th, 2014

Hey my friend and I spontaneously have decided to head to zakopane to ski, however without planning it we don't have clothing or gear for skiing! Any suggestions where we can hire from, especially ski clothes! Thanks!

k from Australia Nov 25th, 2014

Hi Mel How did you find Zakopane. can you pls give a comparison to runs in perisher/thredbo or charlets pass? recommendations about things to do other than skiing if there isn't much snow? we will be there for couple of days end dec and NY? are you intermediate skiers? best location for accommodation? restauants night clubs? Prices and general info of any kind would be appreciated. thanks

HAN from United Kingdom Reply Feb 6th, 2014

My friends and I are planning a trip to Europe this spring and would be spending a night or two at Zakopane , Poland(8th and 9th of April).Some of the questions I would like to ask are: 1) Are there any recommendations on the ski prices as the prices over the websites are not suitable for our trip as it mainly caters for six or seven days including the ski passes? 2)Furthermore, after getting the ski passes, would the ski passes be valid over two days? I would appreciate if you could give a quick reply as my group is in the planning stage.

Editor from Poland Feb 7th, 2014

Hi Han, thank you for posting your question. However, to be honest, I don't believe you'll get much snow in Zakopane in April... I think January and February are the best time to ski in Zakopane, and April is too late. Nevertheless, there is plenty to do in the Tatra capital, so no need to change your travelling plans. How about emailing us at ski@zakopane-life.com for details? Regards!

Zakopane Ski Lessons from Poland Reply Jan 27th, 2014

Agnieszka - email us! ski@zakopane-life.com for more info. We cater for adults and kids and can definitely help you plan your trip to the fullest.

Agnieszka Sheppard from United Kingdom Reply Dec 30th, 2013

Hi, we are travelling to Zakopane in February wi 4 children. We are looking at organising skip lessons for them, perhaps 1 or 2 hours a day for 3 days. Can you recommend anywhere?

Denisa from Romania Reply Nov 24th, 2013

Hello, I will go skiing in Zakopane in the late January. Can you tell me if the re is possible to have a 3-day-skiipass?What are the prices ? Thank you

Claire from Australia Reply Oct 1st, 2013

Hi, We're looking at coming to Zakopane the week between Christmas and New Years. Is it necessary to prebook accommodation in this time? Thanks

Editor from Poland Oct 1st, 2013

Dear Claire, Zakopane and other villages in the Tatras are packed full during Christmas and New Year, if you've made up your mind about the trip, I recommend you contact Freebookers http://www.freebookers.com/zakopane-hotels.php, and book now, as some hotels may already be booked full for December. Regards!

K from Australia Nov 25th, 2014

Hi Claire noticed your old post regarding xmas/NYE Zakopane last year. Our family plans to travel from Krakow 30/12 evening bus (this seems to be preferred mode of transport from everything I have read?) Staying only a couple of days as on to the High Tatras in Slovakia, then Romania later Switzerland then London. Have you skied in any other Eastern European areas? If so where and how was it? This holiday is more about us sight seeing than skiing as our kids haven't been to Europe before so we will only ski a couple of days each country. We are travelling with kids 20,18 and 16. I keep reading about how busy it is around this time of year! How long did you have to wait in ques? How long are the runs once you get up the top? Are you able to give me a comparison by Perisher/Thredbo or Charlets Pass or do you usually ski in Victoria? Was there much snow cover when you went? We are concerned that it is too early in the season? We intend to go to Zakopane regardless of conditions as have read it is beautiful. But will consider sleigh rides (dogs and or horses) ice skating snow mobile (depends on cover) etc if it is absolutely packed or there isn't much snow. Can you recommend other activities? Did you travel with friends or family? Average age of group? Night clubs? restaurants? Where did you stay? would you recommend it? Price? Where would be best location for accommodation? Which areas did you ski? How did you find particular runs? are your group intermediate or advanced skiers? We are 2 intermediate and three advanced although two of us have injuries now so may have to take things a bit easier! NYE festivities planned by the town? Costs for everything you can think of!!???? I'm having trouble trying to find out how to get to high Tatra ski slopes in Slovakia, any ideas? I don't even know if the bus will be running NY day and if it is possible to get same bus to take you beyond the border into Slovakia and on to next ski fields? Did you use any private mini vans? If so what was cost/reliability like? I would really appreciate your feedback and advice on everything! thank you so much

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Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 22nd, 2013

Hello, latest snowfall from he last 2 days are about 40 cm in city so even more in Kasprowy.Today, it is foggy and chairlifts are closed.www.pkl.pl. It is hard to say if slopes and weather will be fine in Kasprowy for the weekend.Check the website www.pkl.pl and www.pogodynka.pl Other slopes mentionned in previous review should be opened without any problem. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(27 very comfy and cozy apartments in 3 locations in Zakopane);-)

Serena from Poland Reply Mar 22nd, 2013

Hi, Can you tell me please what the conditions are like at present for skiing, worried in case snow is hard and packed, Thanks for your help

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 21st, 2013

The most accurated weather forecasts for the next few days in Zakopane are made by the meteo/weather station located in Zakopane. http://www.pogodynka.pl/polska/prognoza_synoptyczna/zakopane_zakopane Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(27 very comfy and cozy apartments in 3 locations in Zakopane);-)

Serena from Ireland Reply Mar 20th, 2013

Thanks for your help, appreciated

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 20th, 2013

Hello Dear , it is still possible to ski and snowboard on most ski slopes until end of March. Snow conditions are very good thanks to latest snowfalls and it is getting more sunny. However, it is getting warmer(+7 C) and it is hard to say with certitude which slopes will be opened and what will be snow conditions like on those slopes in few days.For medium ski level, I recommend Szymoszkowa, Harenda, Kasprowy Wierch , Białka and Bukowina Tatrzanska ski complexes. Hope the answer helps. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(27 very comfy and cozy apartments in 3 locations in Zakopane);-)

Serena from Ireland Reply Mar 19th, 2013

Hi, I will be in Zakopane this weekend, can you advise me on the ski conditions and possible slopes to go to,I am not a beginner, thanks

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 6th, 2013

Hello Dear,, It is very unlikely that the lower slopes will still be opened late opf March but it is not sure at 100 %.Just God knows what the weather and ski conditions will be like. However, Higher slopes in Zakopane and surroundings would probably be opened until beginning of April or even May.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(28 very comfy and cozy apartments in 3 different locations in Zakopane)

Serena from Ireland Reply Mar 4th, 2013

Hello, I am hoping to take my niece age 10 skiing for a day end of march- start of april. She is a beginner, whats the possibility of Nosal still being open? Thanks

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Feb 25th, 2013

Hello, I do not really think that it is necessary for You to book in advance ski passes as it will be for sure not crowded, as the weather forecast can be really unknown and ski conditions on each ski resort also, as You may decide on site which ski resorts is suitable for You depending on your ski level ability.Each ski resort has ist own ski pass/Card/ticket : pay as You go(with/out possibility to get refund for credit not used) ,ski pass for limited time(from one hour to few days).Hope the info. helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(28 very comfy and cozy apartments in 3 locations in Zakopane)

Juozas from Lithuania Reply Feb 25th, 2013

Hello, Im going to try skiing inzakopane next weekend, i did book hotel, but i can not find where to book skipass. Can u help mewith that?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Feb 18th, 2013

Hello Dear James, It is very unlikely that the lower slopes will still be opened late of March but it is not sure at 100 %.JUst God knows what the weather will be like.Also, Higher slopes in Zakopane and surroundings will be likely opened until beginning of April or even May.fore rStaff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(28 very comfy and cozy apartments in 3 different location in and around Zakopane)

james from United Kingdom Reply Feb 15th, 2013

Hi looking at booking a break in late march, do you think the lower slopes will still be open?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Feb 13th, 2013

Hello everyone, Zakopane is a very good resort for children and adults who wish to learn how to ski.Most slopes are not to deep and long, and there are so many slopes that they can improve their skills on each of them and experience the different difficulty of them.The other activities like sleighing, horse and husky sleighing, having spa and swimming in thermal water, snowdooing,sightseeing in that untypical city in top hill and visit of local folkloric market and shopping street, having a very nice meal in one of the 120 restaurants has...make of that city a really nice place to learn how to ski and also to improve its skill. Some slopes are also recommended for medium and advanced level but there is no similar slopes that you may find in Alps.However some slopes in nearby Slovakia are really great for advanced level.The price of ski rental, ski lessons , and ski lifts, food and meal are a lot less than in Alps...So, it is a really good value money destination for skiing in winteror even trekking in summer time. Hope the info. helps.IUf you may have anymore queries before your coming, please do feel free to contact us.Regards.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(26 very comfy and cozy apartments in Zakopane)

Luke from Australia Reply Feb 13th, 2013

You can't compare Zakopane to any good resorts in Alps, States or Canada. There's just simply not enough runs. However, if you get over lack of free shuttle buses, it's still cheap. Good resort if you think in terms of not spending a lot of money.

k from Australia Nov 25th, 2014

Hi Luke Just wondering what time of year you were in Zakopane? We will be there 30/12-1/1/15 or longer depending on transport to Slovakia. travelling with 20,18 and 16 yr old kids. 2 intermediate and 3 advanced skiers. holiday is for sight seeing as our kids havent been to europe B4. can you make comparisons to thredbo/perisher or charlets? have you skied in any other eastern euopean counties? we are going to Slovakia then Romania then on to switzerland then london. any suggestions, advice about Zakopane or other resorts would be useful regarding runs, hire, restaurants,night clubs,best location accommodation would be great. sounds like you've skied all over! my husbands been to NZ and Canada and we both went to St Anton/Lech 2005 - the runs we soooooooooo long!!!!!! you should go if you havent already. would appreciate any help. thanks

Andy from United Kingdom Reply Jan 23rd, 2013

Kasprovy Vierch (Kasprowy Wierch) Cable Line has been rebuild 2yrs ago. There're new cars like everywhere in western Europe. Line (queue) is moving very fast for this conditions.

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 23rd, 2013

Hello, as it is still peak season , most slopes and ski resort should be opened on Goon Friday and Easter Sunday.Hope the info. helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(26 very comfy and cozy apartments in Zakopane)

Des Elliott from Ireland Reply Jan 22nd, 2013

do the slopes open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday? Thanks Des Elliott

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 18th, 2013

Hello Dear, all slopes will open as long as the snow conditions are good for skiing for all ski levels. Everybody in Zakopane hopes winter and very good ski conditions will last until May but nobody can predict what will be the weather forecast in 1 or even 2 months.Hope the info. helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(26 very comfy and cozy apartments in Zakopane)

Des Elliott from Ireland Reply Jan 18th, 2013

I have been to Zakopane in February before and loved it. I would like to go during the week after Easter this year. Will the slopes at Nosal and the slopes beside the ski jump still be open? Des. Ireland

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 11th, 2013

Hello, I heard that Kasprowy Wierch slopes and chair lifts will open tomorrow (the 12/01), later than the past years cause of lack of snow.Hope the info. helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence in Zakopane(26 very comfy and cozy apartments in Zakopane

Paulina from United Kingdom Reply Jan 11th, 2013

Hey, does anyone know when Kasprowy Wierch is going to be open for skiing? I get to Zakopane on sunday (13th) and will be there for only 4 days. Thanks

Paul from United Kingdom Reply Jan 10th, 2013

Please can you update me with the opening of kasprowy I've been coming to zakopane for 10 years and this is the first time I've herd that kasprowy is closed. Would I still be able to go off peist with a guide and use the cable car to get to the top traveling out tomorrow

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 10th, 2013

Hello again, most ski resorts have lockers to put your bags/belongings in while skiings(mostly in ski rental shop or ski school)Nosal, Kasprowy.For ski lockers, I do not think it exists too much(in Kasprowy Wierch resort, I know there is ski, bags/belongings storage area). Hope the answer helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 10th, 2013

Hello, most of the ski slopes off piste/side country(not nordic skiing)can be found in Kasprowy Wierch resort(from the top mostly).If you get there , you do at your own risk and rescue team may not be rescuing anyone in case of risk too high for their own safety.Hope the answer helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Jack from United Kingdom Reply Jan 9th, 2013

Hi, what are the best slopes for off piste/side country skiing in Zakopane? Just looking for something a little more challenging and fun. Any recommendations? Thanks

Paulina from United Kingdom Reply Jan 9th, 2013

Hi All, Do you know if there are any lockers at the ski resorts to put your bags in when skiing? And a safe place to keep skis while not skiing? Thanks

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 9th, 2013

Hello everyone, according to www.pkl.pl (website of the company running Kasprowy Wierch cable car and ski slopes)http://www.pkl.pl/index.php?id=26&L=1 , the ski sresort is not opened yet for skiing, just for sight seeing.It has been snowing a lot for the last few days but maybe not enough to have a snow layer sufficient to have safe and good ski conditions. Otherwise, all other resorts are well opened like Nosal, Szymoszkowa, Harenda, Witow ; Bialka and Bukowina Tatrzanska out of Zakopane also opened fully.Hope the answer helps. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Andras Szabados from Hungary Reply Jan 9th, 2013

Hi, I can't seem to find any up to date info - is Kasprowy open or not at the moment?

Krafty from United States Reply Jan 8th, 2013

Were here now. Dont worry there is plenty of snow on the slopes. The town has just been covered and 15cm due this week.... Will be even better when your here!

Jess from United Kingdom Reply Jan 8th, 2013

Hi, My partner and I are coming to Zakopane on 13th Jan to 17th Jan. We have booked ski lessons through Zakopane life for three days during our stay. However, it concerns me that there may not be any snow. Please could you tell me what the conditions are currently like and if our lessons are likely to be cancelled. It is our third trip to Poland and we love to visit Zakopane, particularly for the skiing.

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 6th, 2013

Hello Dear, if you are looking for someone to do some babysitting (english speaking or polish spekaing??)while you are going out skiing in Zakopane and who can call you in case of problems or emergency, we may be able to help you to organise that childcare and also with accomodation if you are looking for a nice one in Zakopane. Hope to hear from you. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Gosia from United Kingdom Reply Jan 6th, 2013

My husband and I are thinking of going skiing in Zakopane. We have a six month old and would like to bring her too and find childcare for her. Does any accommodation offer this? Or are there any crèches which we can prebook?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Jan 5th, 2013

Hello, all slopes are not opened yet but with the recent snowfall, all slopes should be opened for your future coming. Slopes recommended for beginners: Nosal with ski instructor English speaking; also Bialka but out of Zakopane For medium/ advanced level, there is Szymoszkowa, Harenda ski complex, Kasprowy WIerch ski resort and Bialka tatrzanska (out of Zakop ane).You may also check the link Hope my answer helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Sander from Norway Reply Jan 4th, 2013

I'll visit Zakopane for my first time...Will arrive 31.january. Are all of the slopes open? We are a group with "nearly beginners" and intermediate/ advanced skiers. Are there any particular place/slopes that we all can enjoy?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Dec 27th, 2012

Hello Dear, slopes and ski resorts located in Zakopane are within 7 km distance, so they are easily reachable by car, bus, taxi or walk even. Slopes outside Zakopane are also reachable by bus which can be mostly and easily taken from the Zakopane bus station.You just have to ask at the bus stop where is the bus stops for the slopes you wish to go skiing on OR if you are not taking the bus from the bus station but at an other bus stop, you have to wave to make them stop and then check the bus route written on a board on the windscreen.Bus rides worths 2,5 PLN/one way /person and taxi up to 4 persons:10 PLN/km.Hope my answer helps. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Hamish from Australia Reply Dec 27th, 2012

Hi, thankyou for your information. Can you please confirm that all of the slopes are within close proximity so it does not matter where you stay in Zakopane, a bus is available to try all of the different areas? Thanks!

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Dec 14th, 2012

Hello Dear Michelle, about ski passes, they are individula for each ski resort(system pay as you go or unlimited rides day pass).About ski equipment hire, it is about 29 PLN/day.It is possible I think to rent equipment for half day and even per hour.About ski lessons, please check on that webpage , on the middle right hand side, there is submenu "ski lesson" one to one or in a group.Have a nice time in Zakopane. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie residence ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Michelle from United Kingdom Reply Dec 14th, 2012

I am travelling to zakopane on dec28th for a week,our group icludes 3 children age 8 - 11 yrs.Can you tell me the prices for kids skiing lessons,passes & equiptment hire for kids also if its possible to hire for half day.Finally could you reccomend a good family friendly place to go for new years eve ? Cheers.

OGRODYGORSKIE from Poland Reply Dec 8th, 2012

No, I am afraid but the snow season will start soon and just Nosal will opened from the 10/12.Hope the answer helps.Staff of Ogrodygorskie residence of apartments

CZ from United States Reply Dec 6th, 2012

Hi, I want to go snowboard this weekend, is it open?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Dec 6th, 2012

Hello, Zakopane-life has its own booklets/leaflets :city map and ski map, available almost everywhere.You may also check the Also , About the Vip pass, i do not know it as almost each resort is own privately, and there is no common ski pass between almost all ski resorts in Zakopane and surroundings.Tickets or pass can be bought at the bottom ticket office of each ski resort or ski cabine station. Hope the answer helps. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie ( 3 residences of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

mynci from United Kingdom Reply Dec 6th, 2012

Hello. Me and my partner will be in Zakopane Dec 22-27. Except for this website, is there information in the form of a booklet/leaflet - info on slopes and lifts etc. Also, do we need to plan anything in advance (how much is the VIP liftpass, where to buy them?), or is everything very simple and can be organised on the day of arrival? Many thanks in advance.

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Nov 30th, 2012

Hello, ski rental shops are located in the bottom of each ski resort(so you can change ski equipment when you decide changing ski resorts, or you may keep it during all your stay in Zakopane or you may even get it dropped to your apartment/hotel room and get it pickep up on last day by Go-Ski team);ski passes(pay as you go, day by day or few days pass) and ski lessons can be bought to each ski resort office located at the bottom of the ski resort also(in fact , there is not 1 ski pass for all different private owned ski resorts located in Zakopane).Also ski lessons can be booked in advance with the Go-ski team and they will teach you on the slopes you wish to be skiing on and they may pick you up from your hotel.If you have anymore queries, please feel free to ask.Have a nice time in Zakopane and on its slopes. Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie Residence

chris from United Kingdom Reply Nov 27th, 2012

Hi sudip. The bambi residence is tops we stayed there last feb and were spoilt so much were going back this coming feb. last year was a very very cold feb -30c the skiing is excelent for ages / skills and no prbs getting ski kit hire and slopes, bars are also excelent and realy cheap all family freindly looking forward to getting back there feb 17th from ema chris & gayna + lads

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Nov 11th, 2012

Hello Will, there is little chance that you may be skiing in and around Zakopane as the temperatures are still above zero celsius and the slopes open mostly first weekend before Christmas.We would suggest you for that short stay to walk in city center, visit the touristic points(museums, markets, untypical highlander cemetarieswalk in valley and national park....), do some sightseeing to have a first contact and appreciate the atmosphere being in that city.Then, you may enjoy the atmosphere in bars and restaurants with nice local food, drinks and music. Hope the answer helps.We wish you to have a nice time in Zakopane. Staff of Ogrodygorskie (residence of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Will from United Kingdom Reply Nov 9th, 2012

Hi, we'd be ther between 27 and 29. plz tell me how weather is going on. is there have good enough 2 enjoy skiing or not. thx.

Sudip Ghosh from United Kingdom Reply Nov 8th, 2012

Need some info.. Please. We are three Families coming to Zakopaane in feb for a skiing holiday. We are staying at Bambi residence and I was wondering how to originate ski passes, lifts and equipmental rental. Pls help!

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Oct 15th, 2012

Hello Dear Nick, about the Kasprowy Wierch ski resort, you have to queue once for the main cable car lift (it can take up to 4hours to get in to that lift) then you will have the choice between 2 T-bar/ski chair lifts which will bring you back up to the top of the resort. It is however possible to buy in advance ticket and VIP access to that cable car lift from some companies for a more expensive tickets.About the other ski resorts, queues at the ski lifts are but not so huge as they have a very good ratio speed/persons carried per hour.hope the answer helps. Staff of Ogrodygorskie (residence of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Oct 15th, 2012

Hello Dear Nick, about the Kasprowy Wierch ski resort, you have to queue once for the main cable car lift (it can take up to 4hours to get in to that lift) then you will have the choice between 2 T-bar/ski chair lifts which will bring you back up to the top of the resort. It is however possible to buy in advance ticket and VIP access to that cable car lift from some companies for a more expensive tickets.About the other ski resorts, queues at the ski lifts are but not so huge as they have a very good ratio speed/persons carried per hour.hope the answer helps. Staff of Ogrodygorskie (residence of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Nick from Australia Reply Oct 15th, 2012

Hey Zakopane-Life, Like you mentioned, I hear the queue for the cable car from Kuznice to Kasprowy Wierch can be crazy. Does that mean that if we are planning on skiing Kasprowy Wierch all day then we will be lining up all day? Or do we queue once for the major cable car and then take ski lifts from there? Cheers! Nick

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Oct 8th, 2012

Hello Oskar, it exists some ski passes working for many ski resorts (using the same pass system)only out of Zakopane , and most ski resorts in Zakopane have their own individual ski pass(from 1 to 7 days OR by pay as you go card whose credits not used can be refunded when you want to leave.)Hope the answer helps.Staff of Ogrodygorskie (residence of 26 comfy apartments in and around Zakopane)

Oskar from Sweden Reply Oct 7th, 2012

Hi! Do you have any skipasses that are valid for several days? For exampel, lika a "5-days" skiingpass`.

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Sep 26th, 2012

Hello Aoife, it will be likely that it will be some snow and snowfall end of December.(but it is not sure at 100%).If not enough snowfall, most slopes will make manmade snow on slopes if the temperatures are enough low.For your information, winter ski season , and ski slopes and resorts will be opened from around 22th December(when winter holidays start).Hope the answer helps.Staff of Ogrodygorskie, residence of comfy apartments in Zakopane

Aoife from Ireland Reply Sep 26th, 2012

Hi, a group of us were thinking of skiing in Zacopane for a week around the 28th of December. What are the chances of snow at this time?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Aug 3rd, 2012

Hello Greg, it will be very unlikely that it will be some snowfall mid November.For your information, winer ski season , and ski slopes and resorts will opened Mid December.Hope answer helps.Staff of Ogrodygorskie, residence of comfy apartments in Zakopane

greg from Australia Reply Jul 31st, 2012

Hi Iam heading Zakapone mid nov, how likely is it to snow enough during this time? Thanks Greg

Karol from Australia Reply Jun 3rd, 2012

Planning trip to zakopane for skiing for next year what's a better time to come start of feb or end of feb prob going to stay 3 weeks Thanks

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 13th, 2012

Hello,it should still be a lot of snow enough for you to enjoy skiing in Zakopane end of March. About transport from Warsaw to zakopane on the 23/03, according to www.pkp.pl, there are trains fast whose timetable are on that link: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/query.php/pn?q=pl/node/146&ld=pkp&seqnr=1&ident=af.01492729.1331673902&OK#focus For nigt buses on the 24/03, there are 2 possibilities : http://rozklad-pkp.pl/query.php/pn?q=pl/node/146&ld=pkp&seqnr=1&ident=af.01492729.1331673902&OK#focuswww.zdazakopane.pl/rozklad-jazdy/ OR http://rozklad-pkp.pl/query.php/pn?q=pl/node/146&ld=pkp&seqnr=1&ident=af.01492729.1331673902&OK#focuswww.zdazakopane.pl/rozklad-jazdy/ Hopeit helps.Staff of Apart-center and Ogrodygorskie apartments in Zakopane

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 12th, 2012

Hello, I am almost sure that if you cannot manage to meet some other snowboarders thanks to that website, you will meet some on Szymoszkowa slopes or even in the Cabine car lift in Kuznice/Kasprowy.Your friend can also join you but going slower as he is beginner? Have a nice time and very good ski rides.

Dave from United Kingdom Reply Mar 11th, 2012

Hi. Thanks for replies. I arrive 21March, my friend and I want a ski lesson at Szymoszkowa. I am a Snowboarder already and I want to ride Kasprowy Wierch from top to bottom 22March. My friend cannot do it, he is only a beginner. Does anyone want to ride Kasprowy with me?

Suzan from Singapore Reply Mar 8th, 2012

Hi thanks for ur reply! I will arrive Warsaw on 23 mar ard 1230pm. How do I get to zakopane the fastest way from Warsaw? Taxi is not my option as it is expensive!!! Will there still be any snow left for skiing around 23-24 Mar? From krakow glowny station there are buses to zakopane right? May I know what is the frequency of the bus? I would like to board a night bus from Warsaw to zakopane. From zakopane back to Warsaw (24 Mar Sat) I would like to take a night bus back and arrive in Warsaw at 25 Mar by morning as I need to catch a flight :) is there any bus that's suitable for me? Thanks and hope to hear from u soon!!

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 8th, 2012

Hello, the ski season is usually ending when the ski conditions are very bad and it is not possible to ski in safe conditions.Usually the last day of ski season is the 3 rd of May(like 2 years ago) but it can be before(Mid-March last year).In june and July, no ski possible but trekking, bike riding...Hope it helps. Staff of Apart-center apartments in Zakopane.

Suzan from Singapore Reply Mar 7th, 2012

Hi, is there any skiing from end of june - early July? i will be going to Warsaw from 28 June - 1 July this year!! When does zakopane ski closes?? or is there any more ski left in mid May, after May 15?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 6th, 2012

At this period of March, there is no queue to get in the cabine lift of Kuznice going to Kasprowy Wierch. Taxi are not to expensive compare to other countries(but more than Cracow for example), but all depends on where you take it from; bus is from far the cheapest way to get there.(and of course by foot also).Taxi are available at taxi stop or if you call in advance. Nightlife is good, not too busy at this period, mostly restaurants, bars get busy until midnight, nightclub and others bars after are mostly busy on weekend time(Friday evening and Saturday evening.Check out restaurants and pubs section on this website.Watra is really nice place to dance and eat.Hope it helps.

Dave from United Kingdom Reply Mar 5th, 2012

Thanks for info. Also, does anyone know if it is cheap and easy to get a taxi to Kasprowy Wierch. Are there long queues and is there snowboard hire there. Oh, and what is the nightlife like in Zakopane? Any good restaurants?

Mark from United Kingdom Reply Mar 5th, 2012

Just come back from Symoszkowa and we did see a couple of people using hte lifts to go up and down the mountain. However the Tram Gubalowka is also worth a visit and is near to Symoszkowa.

ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Mar 3rd, 2012

Hello Dave,, Yes it is possible for non skiers/snowboarders to get on the chairlift of Szymoszkowa up and down.You May also get up that hill by the Gubalowka funicular nearby and go down by Szymoszkowa to enjoy the beautiful view on Zakopane and Tatras mountains.In my opinion, it is also possible in all others chair lift and cabine lift(Kasprowy Wierch)of Zakopane, except T-bar lift where it is needed ski.Hope it helps.

Dave from United Kingdom Reply Mar 3rd, 2012

We are travelling to Zakopane soon. Does anyone know if at Symoszkowa non boarders/skiers can use the chairlift to the top and then back to bottom?

Michael Love from United Kingdom Reply Feb 29th, 2012

I had never skied before and my friend taught me on Szymoszkowa, two different sloped that merge into one. Great for both the the newest and pros of skiing. Excellent bars and food. I would reccomend to have a break at the restaurent at the top of Szymoszkowa, try the polish dumplings Prieoga?!? (sorry about spelling, they were stunning. I will definately be returning here

Lily from Estonia Reply Feb 15th, 2012

And how is the cheapest way to get from the parking lot to the cabel car? by bus or by taxi. And which is the cheapest parking lot? When is the best time to arrive?at what time are the queues shortest?

Lily from Estonia Reply Feb 15th, 2012

if the parking is not free, then is it possible to pay for the parking with a credit card or with Euros?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Feb 15th, 2012

Ski conditions are very good at the moment(with all slopes opened and very good snow to ski on, more snowfall from today).Ski passes for each resort can be bought by card or cash and credit not used given back at the end of run on card or cash.Parking are available around each ski resorts, in most of resorts parking are not free, few are free and some are not.Staff of Ogrodygorskie apartments(3 residences of 26 very comfy and clean apartments in and around Zakopane)

Nolan from Ireland Reply Feb 15th, 2012

Hi, Can you please tell me what the skiing conditions are at the moment, I'm heading to Zakopane for a week this weekend? Thank you

from United States Reply Feb 14th, 2012

Thank you for the answer. We are staying Zakopane for a day, so we don't need apartment. But what about Ski Pass?- can we buy it by using a card? Can we park our car near the ski lifts and does parking cost anything or is it free?

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Feb 16th, 2012

As always, it is better to have cash to pay for small expenses like parking, so no euro or cards in most parking places.Some parking lots nearby Kasprowy Cabine lift station give you free ride both ways if you park your car on their parking, otherwise, it is quiet cheap to get from your apartment to the Kasprowy Wierch cabine lift station by bus or taxi, to avoid paying parking, specially if you stayed in Kasprowy Wierch resort big part of the day.To avoid queues, th best is to buy your ticket in advance Or to arrive very early like at opening time of the cabine station.Hope the answer helps.

Ogrodygorskie from Poland Reply Feb 14th, 2012

Cash is always better appreciated than cards, but most of the time, it is possible to pay by card for ski rental and ski lessons(depending on the ski slopes/resort chosen).

R.K from Russia Reply Feb 14th, 2012

Hi, is that possible to pay with Visa or cash only?

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